The Barbet is now becoming more known as a breed, but it is not any easier to obtain one.There are certain traits that are very characterustic to the breed: morphology, character, coat, how it loves water and doesn't shed. You want one like you read it would be.
You go see a breeder who tells you a bunch of stuff, but you as a neophyte, don't really know what to ask...or where to start.
The Barbet is a rare breed.People have been working on its re-incarnation. OK, but what does that mean? People are fighting which is not really your concern, you just want a nice dog like the one you saw in the photo you have. Well, that's where it all starts.
Where we are now is:
At some point, we( "we" meaning many of us) need to take a hard look at what is going on and worry about how to develop the breed and keep it looking like it is supposed to look like and not let it be altered to what some think it should look like, meaning a poodle.It already exists as a breed, and they don't all have pointy noses.BUT they do all have bushy tight curls. Barbets do not have to have bushy coats and tight curls.
Then, health concerns are no small matter, either..there are sooooooooo many pooodles in Barbet pedigrees that we have inherited their health problems. They didn't stop when you stopped calling them poodles and started calling them Barbets.
However, when so many pedigrees on databases and wrong and breeder websites refer to them, how do you make heads or tails of the information? I can now, because in about 2 minutes I can make them right and the picutre changes...! But that is me. I went to the right school to get my basic training. The right school was known to post all the corrected pedigrees on her website.That is how I got Compay's seen in a post below.
How can you find out who was healthy and who wasn't.A breeder needs to be able to answer real questions openly and honestly. Several breeders claim to have been in the Barbet business for eons. You can see it on their websites.
They're the ones who detain all the information that you want.They are not really willing to share the info. They only share with people they like...so that takes care of many.
A LOF dog in France is what it says.You can see mommy and daddy and see grandpapa and grand mama and see how they descend from one 50 to 100 years ago and if the pedigree can't garantee a purebred dog,
YOU know where it came from to get to where it is now: In your lap.
And then what? http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livre_des_origines_fran%C3%A7ais
Yes, Madamoysel', it is vital to know the real pedigree and put your money where your mouth is,and know the real dogs in the pedigree, especially when you want to mate them. Then, you can be sure of how they are going to grow up. Like the one you saw in the photo you fell in love with.So, let's not make a farce of pretending to work for the breed as some claim by eliminating dogs who are the roots of the Barbet. Just read the websites.Sart with the French ones, roots of the breed?
Poppenspalers' Vincacao.Photo taken 8/4/10 at Mrs Pêtre's.His "almost real" pedigree is in Compay's, knowing that Hercule and Hourri were not brother and sister and never mated, on top of that.