My husband Chris and I, Ula, are Barbet breeders outside the town of Elmira, Ontario where we have a 2 acre property that our dogs can run and play on 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 first met the Barbet in 2007 where we were able to spend some time with Polish (z Górki Podduchownej) and French (di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco) imports. At that point there had not been any Barbet litters born in Ontario and the first litter was planned for June 2008. That following summer we had fallen in love with our brown girl Satine Biscay’s Precious Pearl and her affectionate personality gave light to ‘THE FRIENDLY BARBET’. In December 2008 we showed Satine at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club show where Chris and Satine earned their first point leading us into the show world.

Over the course of the next few years we built strong relationships with Barbet breeders from Poland, the Netherlands, Finland and France. In March 2009 I flew to Poland and we imported our first stud Chmurnik z Górki Podduchownej. 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 from 2009 to 2010 we imported our Barbet from kennels z Gorki Podduchownej (PL), Von der Leibrucke (NL), Nelum-Himalis (FI) and de la Serve de la Chapelle d’Alexandre (FR). By this point we had dedicated our lives to importing four breeding Barbet into Canada, a very helpful contribution to the breed. While in Paris I had the opportunity to watch my first European dog show at the France Championship.

Our Barbet all live in the house and are loved family pets as well as accomplished show and field competitors. They earned these accomplishments by only being breeder/owner handled. Our dogs are fed a natural raw diet that is free of preservatives and grain products so not to contribute to diseases. We believe in the benefits of whole foods and feeding raw fits with our holistic lifestyle. For optimum health and longevity we avoid vaccinations (with the exception of vaccinations required by law) and the use of chemicals and pesticides such as flea and worm preventatives. We have been raising our Barbet in a natural manner taking a holistic approach for nearly eight years and have discovered that true health is not just absence of disease but also dogs with strong immune systems are less likely to be hosts for worms, fleas and ticks.

On October 25, 2010 we welcomed our first litter of Barbet puppies into the world. Satine and Chmurnik had a litter of eight beautiful and healthy puppies, which became our Nappyroots A litter. Then on September 1, 2011 Daphné and Chmurnik had a litter of eight puppies, two of which were the first fawn male and sand female Barbet in North America. This became our Nappyroots B litter.

Our breedings are limited, about two litters per year. We breed with the goal of producing healthy puppies that adhere to the Barbet breed standard with natural hunting and working ability. Our CKC kennel is Nappyroots Reg’d and our puppies are CKC registered on a spay/neuter contract with a 2 year health guarantee. We offer a lifetime of breeder support! To learn more about our breeding program please check out our puppy page.

If you would like more information about the Barbet or if you think you might be interested in a Nappyroots Barbet please email thefriendlybarbet@hotmail.com

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Vive le Barbet!