This dog with a long pointy nose (standard says nose should be shorter than top of head), almost shaved head( hair should cover the eyes),short ears ( ears should touch the tip of the nose, the hair part, not the skin) is completely off standard for the Barbet
,is sitting on the cover of a book about the Barbet, and that is scary.The poor dog probably even has a tail curled over the back.Dogs in that "state" should not be even confirmed any more...
Does anyone know about who is behind it? The authors?
It could be a Labradoodle for all we know.We now know some of the problems facing the labradoodle(no known ancestors meaning no knowlegedge of the past, character problems et al) and the Barbet is not a Labradoodle in most cases and that point needs to be stressed.
I recently bought a book in France about waterdogs and the info about the Barbet comes from a copy and paste style, well known on internet, meaning no research was done. I would like to say, as usual, if it were funny, but this type of information leads to the destruction and negative propaganda of a breed and not its promotion.
More and more "pseudo-experts" are popping up( groomers, handlers, or breeders never having done any (real) breeding), not ever having done any (real) research on the breed either and trying to step in and promote their idea of what a Barbet should be.So be real careful as to who your sources are.
That research has been done and it's called a standard
.It was written in 1891 and yes, it has been played around with several times to make us believe a Barbet = a poodle but bigger, but that is more propaganda.
Propaganda is not a positive word, but we know how things like that overflow.http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ean=9786133359741&
These are poodles below...You can't see their conformation under the coat and the coat is not even a Barbet coat. Yes, there are dogs around today that look like these.They're usually poofed out or shaved to the bone.