Two Barbet compete at the 2014 Eukanuba AKC FSS Open Dog Show

On December 12th, 2014 two grand pups from our spring “F” Barbet litter attended the Eukanuda AKC FSS open show on December 12th, 2014. Pups Flora and Fiona are offspring from Cinna and Isis.

It was the second AKC show for Barb with Fiona and first for Ellen with Flora . Fiona earned 2 Best of Breed and got a 2nd and 3rd in group (out of 8-9 dogs). I’m so thrilled to see our Ginkgo offspring participate in AKC events. It is SO important we Barbet owners in America get our Barbet involved. Kudos to Barb and Ellen on your participation.

I hope to attend next year’s show as to partake in the AKC FSS open shows as well as cheer on Barbet in agility, dock dogs, and conformation shows.

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Barbet Capri in Texas earned her Therapy Dog Title

We couldn’t be more proud of Barbet Capri and her owner Molly! The two have been volunteering through the years partaking in therapy visits. In mid December Molly and Capri had enough visits to earn their AKC Therapy Dog title. Capri will follow in her Uncle Tug’s footsteps as he was the first Barbet to earn a Therapy Dog title.

Congrats to Capri and Molly! We couldn’t be happier and more proud of all the work these two have done. Kudos!

Capri is from our 2011 Thanksgiving Cleo x Disco litter. Her sister, Carolina, also has a CKC conformation title.

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Time to say goodbye– Barbet Puppies at 8 weeks of age

It is always hard to say goodbye. Every litter the time passes too quickly. We find at 8 weeks of age, the pups become little dogs. Then, it is apparent they are ready to travel to their new families to commence the family bond and training.

This last week was particularly interesting as my husband went on his bi-annual non profit Guatemala trip while I wo-maned the fort with 14 Barbet and 1 Chihuahua. It was hard work but fun as I devoted all my time with the pups and adults.

Cleo and George’s litter has been a treat. The combination of Polish/Canadian and Dutch/Finish Barbet lines were spectacular in their similarities. We are very thankful to Biscay Water Dogs in Canada and Quaciendas in Holland for Cleo and George. Below are their 8 week portraits along with what cities they will reside.

Gaston Georgii – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Garnet – Michigan

Georgia on my mind – Racine Wisconsin

Garrison Henry – Berkley, California

Gallifrey Mabel – Richmond, Virginia

Grey Stoke Gigi – Louisville, Kentucky

Gaia – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Galena – Texas

Lady Grantham Gaia – Indianapolis, Indiana

To see more images of the pups outside as well as their  8 weeks of images check out our facebook American Barbet page.


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Cleo and George’s Barbet puppies at 6 weeks of age

Time sure flies by when you have puppies. It seems they are helpless little nursing pups then all of a sudden they are running back and forth with sharp puppy teeth.

Cleo and George’s pups are now 6 weeks of age and full of sass and spunk. We’ve doubled their puppy run from our sun room into the living room. They’ve begun to go outside as well. It is all such an adventure to them. Here are their 6 week photos taken Sunday. They still have some of their tuna/softened puppy kibble on their noses.

Lady Grantham (female gray/no ribbon)

Galena (female yellow ribbon)

Gaston (male blue ribbon)

Georgia (female brown/pink dot ribbon)

Gaia (female orange ribbon)

Garnet (male red ribbon)

Gallifrey (female purple ribbon)

Garrison (male light green ribbon)

Grey Stoke (female dark green ribbon)

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Eli- First Barbet to earn an Agility Title in the AKC

Tracey has been such an amazing Barbet owner/member of our “Ginkgo” family. From our first conversations, she said she would be the first to title a Barbet in Agility in the AKC and a few years later, she accomplished her goal. I couldn’t be more proud of the two and can not wait to attend (and photograph!) a match in the winter. Eli is the first of our offspring to have titled in a non conformation show. His sister, Ellie, is sure to follow Eli’s paw prints in 2015 as Lynn has been working hard in training with Ellie in Rally and Agility. I’m so so proud of our “E” litter!

From Owner Tracey: “Our Boy Gingko De Cleo Easton “Eli” an offspring of Cleo & Chouffe started his agility and obedience training early (around 9 weeks old to be exact) has been progressing very nicely to say the least. Eli has just completed his Novice Jumpers with Weaves and his Novice Standard titles in record time. He has also completed a leg for each of his Open titles. All of which has been accomplished at a mere 17 months old! Not bad considering he couldn’t actually start competing until he was 15 months old. Near as we can tell, Eli is the first Barbet to not only compete in an AKC agility event but also to earn an agility title! Interest in Eli and this wonderful breed continues with each outing. We simply cannot thank Stacy and Walter enough for their confidence and support in entrusting us with this beautiful boy!”

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Cleo and George’s Barbet Puppy Update

Cleo and George’s puppies are now a little over a week old and doing great. They are all gaining weight daily at a satisfactory rate. Their eyes and ears should open this weekend which brings a whole new level of fun. Here are some photos taken a few days ago. Enjoy!

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Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire and Quaciëndas Thunus Georgii Barbet Puppies are here

On Sunday October 19th, 2014 Teacleopatra Biscay’s Sapphire (Cleo) and Quaciëndas Thunus Georgii (George) puppies came in to the world. There were 10 puppies, 7 females and 3 males, all black and some with white markings. Unfortunately the pink ribbon girl, who was the smallest of the litter, passed away Monday October 20th. We are keeping a close eye on the remaining 9 to ensure they are all staying warm and getting enough food. Cleo is doing well and dutifully taking care of her brood. This is Cleo’s third and final litter not to mention she is the best Barbet mom we’ve been fortunate to have. All puppies have amazing homes who have been patiently waiting for them. More to come when we get some rest.
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Fall 2014 American Barbet Updates

I haven’t had much time to update on here as fall is notoriously busy for this midwest wedding photographer. Luckily things are starting to even out and there are some great barbet updates to share.

In late September, Barbet Eli and owner Tracey, earned two qualifying scores towards his Novice JWW  (jumpers with weaves) title. We are super proud of Tracey’s hard work training and competing with Eli. In November, we hope to attend one of their matches as to take photos/video.

Cleo is expecting her last litter. She and new CKC champ Thunus Georgii were bred late August and we expect puppies will be born in late October. All puppies are spoken for.

Lastly, Cleo, hunted down and caught a life squirrel. We thought it was pretty cool to see the natural, feral, hunting instincts still in tact in the Barbet!

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Barbet Eli came for a visit

A few weeks back, after we had somewhat settled in our new home in Indianapolis, Barbet Eli and his lovely owner Tracey came for a visit. This delightful Barbet boy is from our 2013 summer Cleo x Chouffe litter. His character was delightfully typical Barbet male. Happy, goofy, sweet, and eager to please. His mom, Cleo, was a little unsure at first, but after proper introductions, everyone got along. Tracey and Eli have been training in Agility and Eli will begin competitions this fall. I hope to attend some of their trials to take photo/video to share.   eli visit-8 barbet eli 5 barbet eli 4 barbet eli 3  barbet eli

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Barbet Cinna earns the first ever AKC FSS Certificate of Merit

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.

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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.

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