Saturday, May 26, 2012

Claire is Front Page News in the WSJ

Barbet Breeder
Best In Show UKC/Canadian/International Champion Neigenuveaux's Ermagarde and her daughter Solene

On May 25th, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about breeding Barbet in America. We were pleased to have Claire featured and it is good for more people to be aware of the Barbet. However, it is certainly not my intent to ever randomly produce puppies just because I can sell them. There is no planned "puppy boom." Massive popularity is disasterous for a breed. The number of Barbet do not exist, and this is certainly not the breed for everyone. The entire purpose of my breeding program is to improve upon what is already here. Any breeding begins with a healthy dog from healthy lines who has passed all necessary eye and hip clearances. To me, it is also very important that the dogs have been shown and proven, as it demonstrates that the dog possesses at least the breed type, quality, temperament, and proper bite necessary to finish a championship. It also exposes our rare breed to other dog people who may be interested in one day getting a different breed to show. Selecting a sire is a complicated puzzle of low inbreeding coefficient, temperament, health clearances, and complimentary physical traits. Nutrition is paramount, and the resulting puppies are very carefully raised and exposed to multitudes of stimuli during their time here. When they go to their new homes, new owners maintain contact for advice on grooming and training, and share many pictures and anecdotes about their puppy. We welcome contact for the life of the dog, and many of our friendships begin with a puppy purchase. We breed infrequently and we always value quality over quantity.

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