Sign up sheet for the TAN/BCE tests in October, in France available on site below.
It was a nice event last year, and the judging was good and professional.http://barbetland.pagesperso-orange.fr/crbst_2.html
The TAN (Test d'Aptitudes Naturelles) or a BCE( Brevet de Chasse à l'Eau) 3rd category is what you need if you want your Barbet to be a French Champion and move up on the selection grid.
No French born males are quoted 4, as none have the BCE 2nd category! Only females! Interesting!One has BCE 1st cat.Not a high %.
The TAN is just throwing a "dummy" into the water at a certain distance and the dog must swim out, get it and bring it out of the water.The test is free.
This is the "dummy":http://www.polytrans.fr/chiens/education-dressage/apportable-et-boudin/
The BCE is using a "real" duck...and it's a bit different where the dog must show his ability to scent it, find it and retrieve but NOT kill it.
You need a "carnet de travail" that you order from the SCC. It costs around 15€ and the test 30.
This is what the "carnet" looks like:
I know some are saying that Barbet are "hunters"( all dogs are hunters...for prey) and it is normal to kill, but that is very very wrong.Talk to real hunters and get your information from them, firsthand.The barbet is a working dog.That is different.
Details of selection grid so you understand how it all fits in:http://chiensdeau.free.fr/BarbetenBresse/articles.php?pg=art171
Why the information is not on the club site befuddles me, but so many things do!http://www.club-chiensdeau.fr/