RoVer Barbets – registered Kennel name RoVer with the CKC. We breed Barbets which are a French water dog. They are a retriever and temperament is similar to a Lab or Golden. We have a couple litters a year depending on which of the girls are ready.
Rob and I have been involved with dogs over 6 years in a professional capacity and I have had dogs all my life. Our first dog as a couple was Cleo a soft coated wheaten terrier who was a great dog and easy to train. I had purchased a book called communicating with your dog and read it cover to cover.
I started at the kennel club taking classes. Soon Rob and I both became active members helping with beginner agility, and demos at various events. From there I evolved to competing with my BRT Abby, in conformation and Rally O. She and I completed her Rally Excellent title and her Canine Good Citizen. I became hooked on dog sports. Through DogWatch of Muskoka hidden fences we experience many different dog breeds and temperaments. I kept searching for a breed that would fit my requirements, as although Abby is an amazing dog I wasn’t keen on repeating all the socializing work I needed to do, having a guard breed.
It was during my search in the Canadian Dogs Annual that I found the Barbet. After seeing the breed at a dog show I searched out a breeder and luck was with me when I found Florence Erwin of Neigenuveaux Barbets.
Making Choices – Purebred dogs
Deciding on a purebred dog is a big decision and there is much conflicting information. Linda Hazen Lewin has written a great article on how to recognize a reputable dog breeder. Also Puppy Buyer etiquette by Joanna Kimball supplies great advice.