This above, is a Portuguese water dog, it says so, but you would recognize it's very characteristic tail. I am wondering if anyone who comes to this website has ever seen a PWD website where the dog is shown shaved to promote the breed?
Below is a Barbet. The first obvious difference is
the tail. The PWD tail is carried high, like a poodle. The Barbet's isn't. It drops naturally and has a slight hook on the end.
However, some "barbets" have very high tails and are black and white, too.
There must be other differences, but I do not have any experience with PWDs and that is why I am solliciting your help.
If we want people to say, at some point in future time, "oh, that's a barbet" and not "what is it"? we need to communicate properly about the breed we are promoting.
Beaudine, in the Netherlands.
Cute little Seddie, next to Beaudine.No, she isn't a Barbet.
The more websites there are now, the worse it is getting.Just do a google search for Barbet websites in different countries and you will understand.How can we promote a breed when so many have arbitrarily decided to not read what is said in the standard and do creative grooming and even worse, shaving the Barbet to promote it?
I haven't mentionned the SWD yet,where there are also black and white specimens...http://www.google.fr/images?q=spanish+water+dog+photos&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:fr:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=648QTOn5I-CP4gbvuuH8Bw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQsAQwAA
What's the difference? Some are again more qualified that me to say..because you can shave the Spanish water dog...
Last but not least, we haven't even talked about grooming...which becomes the kiss of death. Recently, the Poodle club of France ( the poodle having a French standard, too) has reacted because of some of the extreme grooming for shows. It has gotten to a point where people turn away from the breed...because it looks to complicated to keep up. Ring a bell?
Our club, with newly elected "responsibles" (fill in the blanks) is actively:
3)............, without forgetting to mention that they
Having a hard time filling in line 1? Me, too.
All the people who voted them in are rejoicing, aren't they.
They'll be getting their beens soon.
The Barbet is a rare breed, the other 2 aren't, nor are they French, but the French club knows that, too. So, what? Nothing.
It's much more interesting for one to promote one's production and spend the rest of the time saying Elaine's an idiot who has no clue what she's doing( or talking about). That's called promoting and working for the breed and saying they're good breeders because they know it all because of all the experience they claim to have.
**********************************"Old Bloodlines " breeders
' objectives are promoting Barbets that look like their ancestors* and that is our reason for being, so We are lucky to have each other to work together. And if our objectives are different from some, is that a reason to say that all those lines are "sick"? If I were saying it, I'd take a long hard look at production, before flapping my lips.
* All of us are doing our best to promote a healthy breed, a natural breed, like the barbet was, and not one that has been distorted over the years into something that has nothing to do with the Barbet below or above.