I was not planning on showing this photo.
Why? Because there are enough shaved Barbets running around the net and that gives a very bad image of the breed. It shows that you can parade around, flaunt dogs completely out of standard and get away with it.
It's bad for group identification of the breed.
Too much creative grooming to a rustic French breed which is supposed to have a long coat!
On the other hand, the ones who do show shaved dogs may have tried to keep them longer but can't because they look like a mess,all matted and a real nightmare. Bad for the breed, again. Spending 2 hours a week on a coat is not good.
I was told yesterday to warn people who "trust" groomers...to make sure that the person who has your dog in their hands has done a Barbet before and to tell you HOW they handle it
...IF they have never groomed a real Barbet and say they know what to do...take the dog and run.
If they don't want you to stay and watch, take the dog and run...
This dog was matted, yes.On the body and legs. BUT hard to get matts on top of the head and I have never seen a Barbet with a matted tail that could not be combed out properly.
( There are of course exceptions. Of course)
This dog's coat is now going to take a very long time
to grow out.
I am not even going to mention the head or the tail and how long that will take to grow. Those not interested in dogs with a standard that says long and curly should orientate (as my students say) themselves to a Braque de Weimar or other short-haired breeds.
The groomer who did this should be barred from the profession.
Yes, that makes me very angry.