Several breeds were studied to see how many litters a female had; how big the litters were and the average size of the female.How many times a stud was used.
Looking at the 8th group:Golden Retriever
: 4901 litters 1.9 litters per female;53.5 size of female; 6.9 pups; male used 4.5 times
Enters the Lagotto
into the study: 140 litters; 1.7 litters per female;stud used 3 times; average size of female 43.5cm; average litter size 5.3
At the bottom of the short list:
Welsh Springer Spaniel:38 litters studied;1.5 litters per female; stud used 2 times;average size of female 46 cms; size of litter 5.8
Interesting to note the average size of this category of dogs.The size of the Barbet fit right into those norms before the standard was changed several times to raise the size of the dogs.Some females are at 61 or more which is much more than the size of any male in the other breeds!( the average size of a poodle in the study being 41)
Then, think about the situation of the Barbet in France, mentionned in a post below: 4 breeders 2 active to be alone in breeding and have a monopoly on the Barbet Moderne, much taller, curlier and with NO ancestry or we would know it.... there is no reason to wonder why not many( no one, let's say) care about it in higher "circles".
Don't even wonder how a dog 65 cms( some close to 70 cms) is supposed to flush waterfowl like a cocker spaniel, average size of female at 38.5 cms. Beats the daylights out of me.http://www.scc.asso.fr/mediatheque/statistiques/2009/Inscriptions2009_grp.pdf