Barbet Club of America

Member Updates - January 2016

AKC Votes to Move Barbet Into Miscellaneous

At their Board Meeting held December 9, 2015 in Orlando, Florida, the AKC voted to move the Barbet into Miscellaneous as of January 1, 2017. This move will allow the Barbet to show in the Miscellaneous class at any AKC conformation show in the United States. This has been a group achievement for our club and all of the breeders, members, and owners who registered their dogs with AKC FSS, who competed in AKC events, and who helped educate America about our wonderful French breed. Our deepest appreciation to everyone involved with the Barbet.


The Barbet continues to be eligible for performance events at AKC events.

Welcome Lynn Vogt-Kinsey to the BCA Board

Following the December election, Lynn Vogt-Kinsey joins our Board as Treasurer. A resident of Fish Creek, WI, Lynn has extensive experience with accounting practices.


A sincere thank you goes to Carolynn Howsley for serving as our Treasurer for the last 4 years. We appreciate your devotion to the advancement of the Barbet in America.

Renew Your Membership

It's time to renew your club membership. Renewals can be done through our website and are vital to our continued success! Thanks!

A New DNA Test for the Dilution Gene in Barbet

by Stephanie Dixon


Recently a litter of Barbet puppies was whelped in which three of the puppies were born a silvery grey colour which has not been seen in North American Barbets up until now. It became apparent that as these puppies grew older they may be afflicted by a disorder that affects the development of the hair follicles of the coat and can cause hair loss and poor coat condition. The breeders had early on decided to hold these three puppies back from sale and had been watching them closely to see if there would be any health issues related to them having this dilute colour.


Eventually one of the pups began to loose some hair on it’s legs and tail and a little on it’s ears. The concern was that this puppy was affected by Colour Dilution Alopecia. They immediately took the puppy in to their vet for a biopsy which confirmed that the puppy did have this condition. Unfortunately the two other dilute puppies had also begun to exhibit symptoms.


Breeding dogs can be a gut-wrenching and heartbreaking endeavour. These breeders made a very difficult decision to humanely euthanize the puppies as there were no guarantees that they would not grow to suffer from additional related health issues nor could they know the degree to which they would be affected by the alopecia.


The breeders of this litter have shown tremendous care and concern for the Barbet. They have worked with the veterinarians at the University of Montreal, in particular Dr. David Silversides and as a result there is now a colour dilution test for the Barbet. This is a genetic DNA test that will determine if a Barbet carries the gene for dilution (on the D locus). Currently there is not a DNA test that can determine the genetic marker for Colour Dilution Alopecia. Perhaps in the future there will be such a test. In the meantime we are grateful to have the DNA test for the dilution gene. Breeders can now test their breeding dogs to determine if they are carriers of this dilute gene or not, and this way, try to avoid producing dilute puppies in their litters. Hopefully in so doing they will avoid producing dogs with Colour Dilution Alopecia.


Blood samples or buccal (cheek) swab samples can be collected from Barbets and sent to Diagnostic Services, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal for analysis. Instructions on how to collect buccal swab samples, information on fees and payment methods and submission forms are available on the website http://labgenvet.ca/en/dog/


The Barbet community is grateful to these breeders for their openness and transparency and willingness for us all to learn from their experiences. By working together we will be able to grow the breed carefully and responsibly and safeguard it for generations to come.

Meet The Breeds February 13, 2016

Come and visit us next month in New York City during Westminster Week! The Barbet Club of America returns to the largest Meet the Breeds in America. For details, click this link.


The 2016 event marks the seventh AKC Meet the Breeds® and the second year the event joins the thrilling Westminster Week roster. This year, one daytime event ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. The venue expansion will be enhanced by the addition of a newly-constructed interior staircase that will connect Piers 92 and Pier 94 for all events of Westminster Week. Attendees will have more room to interact with over 150 breeds in elaborately decorated booths that depict fun elements from the breed’s history and talk to experts about each dog, as well as see the exciting Agility competition taking place in Pier 94.

Show News

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Can/UKC Ch Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM

Winning the FSS Group at the KCUSA Open Show at Eukanuba was Can/UKC Ch Hickory Tavern Intl Intrigue CM, a 3 year old Barbet bred, owned, and shown by Judy Descutner, Hickory, PA. Many FSS breeds were shown in Orlando, and 'Solene' was judged Best FSS.

AKC FSS Show Calendar

Kooikerhondje Club of the USA Daly City, CA January 30, 2016

Golden Gate Kennel Club Daly City, CA January 31, 2016

Plum Creek Kennel Club of Colorado Denver, CO February 13, 2016

Arrowhead Kennel Club Scottsdale, AZ March 25, 2016

Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ March 26, 2016

Kooikerhondje Club of the USA Concord, NC April 02, 2016

Peruvian Inca Orchid Club of the Untied States Moses Lake, WA April 15, 2016

Mudi Club of America Moses Lake, WA April 15, 2016

Langley Kennel Club Hampton, VA May 26, 2016

Greenwich Kennel Club Norwalk, CT June 11, 2016

Longshore-Southport Kennel Club, Inc. Norwalk, CT June 12, 2016

Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln, Nebraska, Inc. Lincoln, NE October 08, 2016

Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln, Nebraska, Inc. Lincoln, NE October 09, 2016

Thanks to our club members who contributed to this newsletter. Submissions are always welcome!

Judy Descutner, Editor

Submissions and story ideas are welcome!