December 7 is and always has been a special day for any American, but it is for me with another reason in mind. Coccolina's birthday! She is an exceptional Barbet!Happy Birthday my little love!
She was born in 2004 in Italy.Her "real name" is Ermengarda, but the girls where she lived had been calling her Cocolina and it fit her perfectly well.No need to change it!http://www.trueknowledge.com/q/what_does_%22coccolare%22_mean_in_italian
Grand- Ma Poppenspaler's Verveine
Dad: CH-I Caravaggio
Here she is at 8 weeks
She comes from a litter of 8. None of her siblings reproduced. Now it's too late..Imagine if she had not!http://www.barbet-international.ch/cgi/pp_sibling.pl?id=202&gens=5
She was a Godsend to me when I got her as a gift just after the death of Molly (and the 4 pups she was bearing) after she had been artificially inseminated for her first litter( against FCI rules). I, of course, did not know or never would I have done it. Live, destroy and learn?
Coccolina was 5 months old when we drove down to Italy to get her.A very memorable trip with Jennifer sitting in the back seat on the 6 hours drive home and Coccolina vomiting her brains out. She had never been in a car before!(Hey, that happens!)
She is very much the phenotype of Estar des Marécages du Prince.
Below pictured with sister Arkann, the hunter!
And our dear Barbet friend, Rainier T Georgii, recently deceased:
All 3 above photos signed Mrs Inge Fischer, M Georgii's companion.
Cocclina has had 4 litters of pups.
1 with Ungaro
2 with Booly Wooly
and her last one with Chouffe.
She has been a fabulous mother and produced 39 all healthy pups. Her last 2 litters produced some undershot( tooth problem) puppies which I am ver sad about. It is so difficult to know where things come from especially since she and her mates have a perfect scissor bite.The mysteries of genetics!And the lack of information shared since the 1990's and made unavailable by breeders since then.
Many "new" breeders have chosen to ignore the past of the breed, which is not good in any breed and moreso a very rare one.
She has A hips; clear eyes and has produced pups with A B and at least 1 C hips pups.
Several of her offsprings are Champions in several countries and she from the fact is quoted 5/6 on the SCC selection grid.
She has done her best for the survival of the phenotype and the Vieux Barbet Français( Old Barbet) for which there is one standard and that standard was written in 1891.
Link to other "old breeds"( posts just started:http://bbfrenchtreasure.free.fr/articles.php?pg=art265
The past does predict the future!