...and not only proud, but they talk about the origins and strains. Strains*, meaning bloodlines ( Eugène Gayot,Le Chien 1865)
For the Barbet, it is quite the opposite. You must not talk about any of that...http://www.chiens-de-chasse.com/actua.php?id_actua=3188&from=0
* = inherited qualities,natural disposition or ability to do what the breed is supposed to do.
The SCC wanting the breed to "have" that natural ability and work on what it is said/ claimed to have, but rarely shows in the field, meaning when working.
It is a shame that many speak about how the Barbet is a hunter and blablabla
and can only claim a string of beauty show results for an unsophisticated rustic dog whose reason for being is trailing, scenting, finding ducks in thick shrub and reeds.
That is how breeds are destroyed.There are examples in several countries.
Booly Wooly( BCE 3rd cat. obtained 3 years ago) and mom Thelma( BCE 2nd category finally obtained 8/10/10)This was obtained with very little training and only done by me, the neophyte. She basically knew what to do.
Just about "any" Barbet can be a champion in most countries. Not all can prouve natural ability in hunting trials and that trait handed down to the next generation.
It is a shame that not many breeders mention anything about bloodlines in their breeding.