My husband Chris and I, Ula, have a small home kennel, outside the town of Elmira, Ontario where we have a 2 acre property that our dogs run and can play to their hearts desire. We have been best friends for some 10+ years and on May 7, 2008 we were married in Negril, Jamaica. The greatest journey we have gone on together is that with our BARBET, one that has opened our hearts to preserving this once almost extinct breed of French Water Dog.
Chris and I went to our first dog show in 2007 where we met the Barbet and were able to spend some time with Polish (z Górki Podduchownej) and French (di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco) imports owned by Biscay Waterdogs. At that point there had not been any Barbet litters born in Ontario and the first litter was planned for June 2008. In the summer we had fallen in love with our brown girl Satine Biscay’s Precious Pearl (Alma z Górki Podduchownej X Quaciëndas Cirocco Cristaline) who’s personality gave light to ‘The Friendly Barbet’. In December 2008 we showed Satine at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club show, where we first met the breed. Chris’ and Satine’s debut in the show ring, earned her a point, which led us into the show world.
It was at this show that the Barbet Fanciers Association of Ontario
was founded and the first steps were taken in the makings of a CKC Regional Club.
Over the course of that year we built a strong relationship with Barbet breeder Piotr Piotrowski in Poland, and in March 2009 I was heading back home to import our first stud Chmurnik z Górki Podduchownej (Ottavia X Borealli Choco-Pop). This proved to be a complex process having to organize paperwork with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
and on arrival meeting with Vet Inspectors at the Toronto, Pearson Airport. Everything went smoothly and we welcomed the newest addition to our now growing Barbet family.
Since Canada has a very small gene pool of Barbet we thought it extremely important to widen genetic diversity and imported two more Barbet from lines that had never been used in Canada. In July 2009 I flew to the Netherlands and met Walda Brands and Henk Hilbank who had a very special male reserved for us, Banditt Von der Leibrücke (Quaciëndas Aubey Unique X Compay II de la Serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre). Banditt is an exact replica of Pilote who in 1894 gave way to the Barbet’s breed standard.
That same month I flew to Finland where I spent time with breeders Goran and Ritva Sjostrom and Anne Keipilla. I flew home with two Barbet puppies, brother and sister, Nelum-Himalis Disque D’or and Nelum-Himalis Daphné (Nelum-Himalis Braise X Ulysse di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco). Daphné was coming to live with us and stud Disco was imported for Paula Ballak.
The following year in July 2010 a long deserved trip was planned for France with fellow breeder Paula and her daughter Amelia. We were on our way to meet Elaine Fichter of ‘de la Serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre’ where I finally met our newest import Frankly Scarlet (Ermengarda X Booly Wooly de la Serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre). In Paris I had the opportunity to watch Compay II (Banditt’s dad) at my first dog show in Europe at the France Championship. After the last few years of showing and handling our own dogs it was really nice to see the Europeans handle their best dogs.
By this point we had dedicated our lives to importing four breeding Barbet into Canada, a helpful contribution to the breed.
On October 25, 2010 we welcomed our first litter of Barbet puppies into the world. Satine and Chmurnik had a litter of 8 beautiful and healthy puppies, which became our Nappyroots ‘A’ litter. Then on September 1, 2011, Daphné and Chmurnik had a litter of 8 puppies, two of which were the first fawn Barbet in North America (one male and one female). This then became our Nappyroots ‘B’ litter. In 2012 we are planning two litters, our C and D Nappyroots puppies.
In 2011 we registered all our Barbet and some of our puppies with the AKC FSS registration drive to help the breed get recognition in the United States and this year we sent blood to Finland for the ‘Helsinki Project’ – Barbet Genome Research to help find the epilepsy gene in the Barbet. Woohoo!
Vive le Barbet!
We are members of:
Seminars and Courses:
- Breeding Better Dogs – Carmelo Battaglia – 2009
- Structure in Action – Pat Hastings – 2009
- ABC’s of Dog Breeding – Claudia Orlandi – 2010
- Structure and Genetics – Doug Windsor and Wendy Schira – 2011
- Whelping Seminar – Myra Savant Harris – 2011
- Pet Saver Program – CPR and First Aid – 2012
We are a registered kennel with the Canadian Kennel Club! In 2010, after a year of brainstorming and deliberation we had decided on a kennel name that best represented our dogs and us. Then having to wait several months for the CKC to undertake correct legislation, our kennel name was finally here….all puppies registered with us will have a pedigree name starting with the prefix NAPPYROOTS. Therefore we have named our first litter Nappyroots ‘A’ names with each consecutive litter being the following letter in the alphabet. We have decided on this old school European method for naming puppies.
NAPPY….meaning coiled/curled hair in its natural state; unaltered, rustic. The breed standard calls for the coat to be long, woolly and curly; can form strands. The coat is furnished, covering the whole body in a natural state. One generally accepted theory is that the Barbet descended from corded herding dogs originating in North Africa which were brought to Europe with the Moors during the 7th and 8th centuries.
ROOTS….are the organ of a plant that typically lies below the surface of the soil. The Barbet being the original breed of water dog has very deep roots, with the first reference to the breed occurring in the fourteenth century when a certain gascon count speaks of them in a book written in 1387.
Our kennel signifies the love in our lives toward each other and our Barbet family. By seeking to pro-actively educate, promote and preserve the breed, through our dedication and enthusiasm many are opening their hearts to the French Water Dog. For us the importance lies within our dogs good character as they are friendly, intelligent, social and happy to please.