Barbet News (page 23)
UK born barbets get French registration.
When the Kennel Club refused to recognise the barbet in February 2008 with no ability to re-apply until 2011, this left any barbets born in the UK without official recognition. While the lack of recognition in the UK makes the barbet ineligible for many of the canine events over which the Kennel Club has a complete monopoly, it was the long term ability of the UK to draw upon and contribute to the worldwide barbet gene pool that caused me the most concern. Several 'workarounds' were suggested but none were found to be entirely suitable.
Eventually I wrote to the president of the Société Centrale Canine (S.C.C.), the French Kennel Club, explaining the predicament of barbets born in the UK and asking if there was anything he could do for this French breed as the mother and father of the pups were both French born and registered. Some time later I recieved an e-mail from the S.C.C asking how they could help.
With contacts established within the S.C.C. I began the process of registering the mating between Betsy and Boree which took place in Holland, assisted greatly by Henk and Wanda (Borree`s owners) who sent me all the paperwork and D.N.A. samples requested.
The process went on over several months and the staff at the S.C.C were particularly helpful especially when my 'holiday' French failed to cope with translating official documents and forms. Slowly each hurdle was overcome until finally seven French pedigrees arrived through the post.
While this does little in the short term to gain recognition for the barbet in the U.K. it will allow all U.K. born barbets to be included in the worldwide gene-pool and will allow the breed to develop at a steady, natural rate within the UK rather than rushing to meet Kennel Club (UK) registration criteria. The pups will also now be able to enter Canine shows and events throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Canada. Now that the whole process has been completed successfully I hope to be able to register any further U.K. born litters in the same manner.