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Barbet puppies due Summer 2019 - Essex

Aurora (Frogger Arcade Uit D'N Reys Hof)  Kennel Club registered.  Puppies confirmed at the end of August 2019.

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Barbet puppies due Summer 2019 - Essex

Aurora (Frogger Arcade Uit D'N Reys Hof)  Kennel Club registered.  Puppies confirmed at the end of August 2019.

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About Us

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Aurora

It's amazing how much the right dog can change your life as well as your outlook on life.  There is nothing more special than the unconditional love of a dog, especially a barbet. Aurora the barbet was originally born in the Netherlands on the 6th March 2017.  Aurora's health information can be seen on mydogdna.

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Happy, Healthy Bloodline

 I have applied to the Kennel Club to become an assured breeder.  As this is our first litter this application is currently in progress.

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A Furever Friend

Barbets are medium sized French Water Dogs.  They are obedient, very loving and sociable dogs. They enjoy both work and play and are known for agility training, working dogs, therapy dogs and pets. They are devoted and loyal to their owners, they will become your shadow and will follow you around the house.  They are very friendly and loving and are good with children.


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The History of the barbet

The barbet is a very old breed dating back to the 16th century and are still quite a rare breed due to near extinction many years ago.  There is thought to be less than 100 barbets currently in the U.K. The Barbet, commonly referred to as the French Water Dog, is a water-retrieving gun dog whose name comes from the French word for "beard." Due to their webbed feet they were originally bred to flush out and retrieve water fowl from the marshes and wetlands of France, the Barbet is mentioned in history as far back as the 16th century. The breed is an integral part of dog history, and many familiar breeds have Barbet in their ancestry. Depending on geography and necessity, the barbet connected through the centuries in various capacities, and as a companion dog, but more as an all-around working dog.  Barbets have also worked as sailor's companions, much like the Portuguese Water Dog. It was best known for being a waterfowl retriever in the marshes, wetlands, and estuaries of France. This is where the expression "muddy as a barbet" came from in the 19th century.  


Barbets are an amazing breed, they are very sociable and loving and can be the perfect companion for any household.



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We are hoping for puppies due end of August 2019

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Ricard - Quaciendas Ruffe Ciscarno

Ricard who lives in Belgium is an International Barbet Champion.  Ricard has an amazing temperament.  He is very loving and sociable and has a fantastic character and will make an amazing dad. 

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Puppy photo's

Ricard as a puppy

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Puppy Photo's

Barbet - Aurora as a puppy


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Things to consider if you are thinking of owning a barbet

· Due to the sociable aspect of this breed barbets do not like to be on their own for long periods of time so if you are all out of the house for most of the day then a barbet is not for you. Barbets will follow you around all day, if this is going to annoy you rather than you find this endearing then do not get a barbet! For this reason barbets do not cope very well in kennels whilst you are on holiday as they need companionship.  Please bear this in mind if you are thinking about getting a barbet. 


· Barbet coats – barbets coats can vary significantly even amongst the same litter. The coats require regular maintenance and brushing of up to an hour a week – this can be time consuming so please bear this in mind if you are considering a barbet. If they are not groomed properly then the coat will matt which causes the dog discomfort and will need to eventually be shaved… this is not a good look for a barbet as they are supposed to look rustic. 


· Barbets are water dogs so if they see a puddle or any form of mud or water they will be in it… this type of breed is not for the house proud owners with white carpets! 


· Barbet is derived from the French word “barbe” meaning beard. When a dog with a beard drinks from a water bowl it will leave a trail of water behind it and then a wet patch on your lap when it comes back for a cuddle. 


· Intelligence – Barbets are very intelligent dogs and do well in obedience and agility as they are able to learn new tricks quickly. This is a great trait to have but that also means they can outsmart their owners when they want to so persistence and training when young puppies is a must. 


· Exercise – Barbets are known as hunting and water dogs so their exercise levels are moderate. Barbets are not known to be hyperactive in the house and are more than happy to lay beside you all day or follow you around the house without too much fuss but they do require some form of activity level each day. This does not have to mean an hour run every day as this is not always possible but you will need to take them for at least one walk every day of if this is not possible on the odd day then some form of mental stimulation is a good idea. Aurora loves a game of hide and seek. A bored dog who is not exercised can often find its own amusement by barking and chewing, these traits are not well known in barbets but are generic across all dog breeds so if you are not able to exercise a barbet daily then do not get one and perhaps consider a cat or a goldfish instead!


· Barbets are natural hunters. They were originally used to find and retrieve game so they will have a natural desire to chase quick moving animals. Puppy training with a strong recall when they are puppies can help overcome this problem. REMEMBER – never chase after a dog! If your dog/puppy ever runs off you have to make yourself exciting for them to come running back to you. This is why puppy training is a must. Whilst they are young practice hiding behind trees and calling them so they get used to keeping an eye on you and not you keeping an eye on them. 


· Barbets are big softies and are very sensitive. They are happy dogs that want to be around you and other people at all times. They will find it stressful if there is a lot of yelling and shouting in the house as they are so sensitive. They will also stop listening if you are too harsh with your training methods. Barbets need a soft but firm tone and will respond to positive training techniques rather than loud punished behaviours. 


Please consider all of the above if you are considering getting a barbet. If you are still interested in a barbet then please contact us as we would love for you to meet us for a chat as we are planning a litter in Summer 2019



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Thorpebay, Southend on Sea, Essex, United Kingdom

07973 904716 email vikkiford@icloud.com


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