Late July, we traveled to Stafford, Virginia for a series of 5 AKC FSS open shows. We brought along Isis, Cinna, Cleo, and George/Thunus. I handled Cinna and Cleo, and George and Cleo were handled by Kathy, an American Hairless Breeder. We greatly appreciated her help as Walter will help go to shows and hold dogs but will not go in the ring. Cinna earned 4 Best of Breeds as well as one Best of FSS. Cleo earned one best open female/best of opposite, Isis earned 3 best of females/best of opposites. Judy with Hicktory Tavern attended Friday and Saturday morning earning a BOB for Claire as well as Best of Misc. Solene won best female/best of opposite.
At this show, Cinna earned the first Certificate of Merit for a Barbet. He earned 8 points in Kanses City Missouri in March then another 9 points at the Stafford show. I imagine we will see a few more Barbet by the end of 2014 earn their CM titles!
Many people ask what we need for the Barbet to be accepted fully into the AKC. While we need 150 Barbet registered with the AKC FSS, it is as important that we have Barbet ACTIVE in AKC events. Those events are Rally, Obedience, Therapy dogs, AKC FSS Open Shows, Canine Good Citizen, Dock dogs, and Agility for the Barbet. Doing these events will show the AKC we Barbet fans are serious about our breed. Not to mention help move the Barbet from the FSS to MISC class. Once in the MISC class there will be additional hurdles, but for now get your Barbet out in events!!! Years ago I would have never imagined myself being in a dog show. Now that I partake, I’m finding it to be a great learning curve and activity with our Barbet. They love to be wherever we are and the training for Rally and such is a great way to continually socialize and train our Barbet not to mention spend time together.
And here is Cleo– I handled her over Isis as she doesn’t love to be at dog shows. With lots of encouragement and going at her pace around the ring she beat her sister Isis at the last show.