Barbet Puppies Have Arrived!

Cinna and Isis’s Barbet Puppies have arrived! They were born April 7th from 5am to 2pm. In total we have 9 Barbet puppies with 5 girls (4 brown, 1 black) and 4 boys (2 brown, 2 black). Everyone is doing well and gaining weight nicely. Isis is being such a wonderful mom with natural instincts kicking in like we’ve never seen before in her. Below are photos taken when the pups were 2 days of age.

All of the puppies are spoken for. Check back soon for more photos!

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Barbet participate in AKC FSS GBGVCA Open Show in Kanses City Missouri

What a fun and interesting weekend we had in Kansas City, Missouri as part of The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America four AKC Open Shows, for all AKC Miscellaneous and Foundation Stock Service Breeds. The show was held March 13 -16, 2014 in conjunction with the Heart of America Clusters part of the Heart of the America Kennel Club, INC.

Cinna, Disco, Cara, Daytona and Ellie were all entered in the AKC FSS Open shows held by the GBVB Club of America. Paula with Biscay Water Dogs traveled 15+ hours to attend. Lynn Parker with Gingko de Cleo Ellis (Ellie) traveled 12+ hours from Detroit as well. It was Lynn’s first time handling, too and I’m very proud of her and Ellie.

All 4 days, Cinna won Best of Breed, and 2 of those days he went on to win Best of FSS and placed 2nd in Group overall. I handled Cinna and Cara and gained a bit more confidence in handling at shows but still have a long way to go.

Cara won BOS day 1, Daytona won BOS day 2 and 3, and Ellie won BOS day 4.

It was a great time learning and taking part in this show as everyone at the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America were so helpful and nice. Not to mention the weather was wonderful too!

Barbet French Water Dog AKC FSS Open Show

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Barbet French Water Dog AKC FSS Open Show


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Barbet puppies make canvas art

Last summer, Can CH Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire (aka Cleo) and Quaciendas Chouffe Cristaline produced an across the ocean litter of 8 Barbet puppies born May 6th, 2013. Throughout our 10 years of Barbet adventures, I have tried to creatively capture the puppies and adults dogs personalities on film. However, this batch of Barbet puppies, in addition to taking their weekly portraits,  we decided to let the puppies create their own paw print art.

With help of Audra and Leah, the Barbet puppy canvas art came alive. We started with each puppy, cleaning their paws, and trimming their toe/paw hair to get a clean paw print. Then, we used child safe paint, carefully painted the puppies paws, and let the fun begin.

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Barbet Puppies Expected in April!

Exciting news!!! Barbet puppies are to be born in America from American Barbet / Ginkgo in early April 2014. The parents that were bred are my beloved: CKC CH. Cinna Di Barbochos Reaiu De Prouvenco CGC and AKC-BIS CKC CH. Treasures Biscay’s Sapphire RN (Isis).

We decided the litter they produced two years ago resulted in really nice Barbet puppies who are doing therapy dog work, hunting training, conformation, and so forth. Isis’s determination, strength, and intelligence matched by Cinna’s calm, sweet, happy manner we feel are the perfect combination.

Barbet Cinna - Barbet in America French Water DogIsis- Barbet French Water Dogs This litter is entirely spoken for; however, we are planning a litter later in 2014 and are considering families for our wait list. Please email me to begin the conversation.

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A Barbet in Brooklyn

Barbet Carlos, from our 2011 Thanksgiving Cleo x Disco litter, is a resident of Brooklyn, NY. His family sends me some of the best updates not to mention are one of the Barbet Ambassador families in the area introducing many to the Barbet breed. I particularly enjoy a recent birthday update photo of Carlos and his little humans with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop. Thank you to Carlos’s family for being such a great Barbet family.

barbet carlos brooklyn ny

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A new CKC Champion in the Ginkgo/Biscay Family

We have a new CKC Champion in the Ginkgo/Biscay Family! Momma Cleo Bear just won her CKC title this past weekend up in Canada much thanks to Biscay Water Dogs breeder Paula Ballak, agent/handler Amelia Ballak, and handler Ivan Fabina. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend being I was photographing a wedding in Guatemala. These three’s handling skills, support, and cheering bought Cleo her title! Such an honor to her puppies and Barbet as Cleo was shown in a natural coat.

Below is a the professional photo with handlers Ivan and Amelia. Also, a video of Cleo at the show with Paula. Thanks to Judy Preston in taking and letting me share video!

barbet dog cleo ckc championship photo

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Hip Hip Hooray: Barbet Carolina has Excellent Hips

Ginkgo de Cleo Carolina, also known as Cara, was visiting us this past December to attend her first CKC shows. During her visit, we took her to our vet for her hip and elbow exams as she had just turned two. The vet thought they looked good but did not give a grade as that is up to the OFA to determine. A few weeks later, we received her grade and we’re proud to share that Barbet Cara’s hips earned an excellent hip score BA-64E24F-VPI. Her father, Disco, also has an excellent hip score which few Barbet have been graded as such. Her mother, Cleo, having done the OVC, Canadian, hip grade received a “pass” which could be fair/good/or excellent but they do not grade in that manor.

Barbet Excellent hips-- American barbet-- Ginkgo de Cleo Carolina

Barbet Excellent hips– American Barbet– Ginkgo de Cleo Carolina

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Barbet Isis has officially received her RN Rally Title

Although we suspected Isis earned her Rally RN title in November, one can never be sure until you receive the official certificate. So when we received Isis’s Rally Novice (RN) title in the mail this week from the AKC, we knew her RN title was legit and we were thrilled.isisA little more about Rally according to Wikipedia:

Rally obedience (also known as Rally or Rally-O) is a dog sport based on obedience. It was originally devised by Charles L. “Bud” Kramer from the obedience practice of “doodling” – doing a variety of interesting warmup and freestyle exercises.

Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge’s orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.


As a puppy we saw Isis to have a special spark. Barbet Isis, now 4 years of age, is an extremely drive, smart, and loyal adult Barbet. Focusing her energy and intelligence in Rally training, we have seen how hard Barbet work to please. In every Rally station, Isis happily wags her tail waiting for the command, sometimes patiently waiting as I figure out what the sign is asking us to do.

Rally has been a learning curve for me as well. Weekly Rally training sessions held by my Kennel Club of Columbus Indiana club with Barbet Isis have prepared us for the matches. I also have Rally sign flash cards I’ll study before a match. In the four matches I’ve entered Isis in, three we earned a second place, often because I would nervously miss a sign. In our last match Isis earned a score of 99 placing first in a group of 6 Rally Novice A entered dogs.

Here is an example video of Barbet Isis and I practicing before our first Rally Match in 2012 (notice the happy tail wagging!):

I highly encourage all Barbet owners to check out Rally or Obedience training and matches with the AKC or UKC. Barbet are naturals as they want to learn and please their owners. Therefore, rally gives you the opportunity to spend more time with your Barbet in a fun, encouraging, educational environment. Every Rally match and even in training, everyone is very encouraging and cheer you on. Also, getting our Barbet out in Rally, Obedience, and other AKC events demonstrates to the AKC that we Barbet owners want the breed in the AKC.

Special thanks to Paula Ballak of Biscay Water Dogs in selecting Isis for us as she knew Isis was the Barbet for us.

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Meet Barbet Theo aka Barbochos Ricks

Barbochos Ricks, aka Theo, from Barbochos 3 Rivieres is the newest member 0f our American Barbet family. He resides with Will in Indianapolis. Will also owns Barbet Ginkgo de Isis D’Clemson from our summer 2012 Cinna x Isis litter. Theo will attend AKC FSS shows, CKC, and hopefully partake in hunting trials.

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Barbet Cleo, Cara, and Domino go to Canada

The first weekend of December, Barbet Cleo, her daughter Carolina, Domino, and I traveled to the Brantford & District Kennel & Obedience Club’s CKC show.  Cleo, aka Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire, won winners bitch and best of opposite in breed on Friday and Saturday. The Peppers/The Friendly Barbet won Winners Bitch on Sunday. Cleo is over half way there for her CKC championship! This was Carolina’s first CKC show and Domino’s second, and they both improved each time in the ring. We look forward to continuing in CKC shows in 2014.

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