The health of the barbet in the UK is of prime importance to the club. With such a small population in the UK and worldwide in general, it is vital to be as well informed as possible and to that end we maintain strong links with other barbet breed clubs around the world for the purpose of collating and sharing health information.
In general, the barbet is a healthy breed and does not suffer any prevalent inherited conditions. It should be remembered that the barbet is a living animal and as such is not immune from the occurance of disease and ailments which can be found in all creatures. It is also worth remembering that a genetic condition can manifest itself in a dog where there has been no previous recorded instance in either parent or grandparent.
There has now been incidences of canine epilepsy in some of bloodlines of the barbet population. To combat this, research is being carried out at Helsinki University to identify the genes responsible and to develop an accurate test to indentify dogs which are carriers of this particular gene.
Barbet Health Survey
In order to have a clearer picture of the overall health of the barbet population in the UK, the club is asking all owners with a barbet over the age of 2 years to complete three short questionaires concerning health, character and physical characteristics. Even if your barbet is a picture of health and happiness it is still important that you complete the survey so that we can get as accurate a picture as possible of the state of the breed. Although the barbet, is so far in the UK, generally a healthy breed, the club feels that is important to to have a benchmark from which to work going forwards. As the breed steadily increases in number this will enable the emergence of any particular conditions or diseases to be tracked and managed far more effectively. All individual results will be anonymous and the results will only be displayed as part of the wider population. The survey has been taken from the one produced by the Swedish Barbet Club so that the results can be combined to give a larger sample size.
Please click on the icons below to download the three surveys which can be printed off. Once completed, the surveys can be scanned and sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbet Health Survey
Physical Characteristics Survey
Barbet Character Survey
If your Barbet has suffered from a health problem or ongoing condition, it would be extremely useful if you could complete the form below and return it to our Health Co-ordinator.
It is only by owners reporting problems that we can monitor the health and wellbeing of our Barbet in the UK.
Barbet Health Form
All reports will be kept in the strictest confidence
Below are the current hip and eye test results for those barbet which have been tested in the UK.
BVA results: Each side (l&r) is graded form a maximum score of 53, The sum is then used to calculate the European equivalent from a maximum score of 106, the lower the number the better.
There are several conversion charts available to compare the various European grading systems (A,B,C etc.) and those of North America. These are, at best, aproximations as the different grading systems are often not measuring the same angles in the hip joints. Where the original x-rays have been sent abroad to be graded in a particular country, the grading is given next to an abbreviation for the country concerned.
|Name||BVA (left)||BVA (right)||Other Grading|
|Novaforesta Dudley a.k.a Ooli||2||4|
|Novaforesta Dora a.k.a. Bonnie||2||0|
|Netis Inara a.k.a. Anouk||4||6||Fr- B|
|Novaforesta Diamond Black||3||2|
|Ebène la Cour Ailée||5||4|
|Netis Hazzah a.k.a. Claude||3||4||Ch- A, Fr- B|
|Charamese Hermione a.k.a. Hallie||4||5||Fr- B|
|Reeds Fowling Alexia a.k.a. Martha||7||8|
|Netis Jitter Bug a.k.a. Pi||4||4|
|Charamese Hester a.k.a. Ella||3||4|
|Novaforesta Lady Fern a.k.a. Snoop||2||2|
|Novaforesta Joss Stone a.k.a. Truffle||4||5|
|Awelymor Mathias a.k.a. Loki||3||3|
|Novaforesta Laurel Oak a.k.a. Archie||7||7|
|Novaforesta James Brown a.k.a. Boris||4||3|
|Overseas Stud Dogs Used|
|Boree di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco||-||-||Holland - A|
|Caya de la serve de la Chapelle d'Alexandre||-||-||France - B|
|Bacchus di Barbochos Reiau de Prouvenco||-||-||France - B|
|Jedi Von Zulimo||-||-||Belgium - B|
|Cooper du Pré de Redy||-||-||Germany - A|
|Flacon D'Paris of Neigenuveaux||-||-||Canada - `OFA` Good|
|Novaforesta Dolly||Clear||August 2010|
|Novaforesta Demi||Clear||July 2010|
|Netis Inara a.k.a. Anouk||Clear||Nov 2015|
|Novaforesta Dudley a.k.a Ooli||Clear||April 2014|
|Novaforesta Dora a.k.a. Bonnie||Clear||August 2011|
|Novaforesta Eton||Clear||April 2016|
|Ebène la Cour Ailée||Clear||May 2014|
|Novaforesta Duplo||Clear||April 2016|
|Netis Hazzah a.k.a. Claude||Clear||July 2015|
|Charamese Hermione a.k.a. Hallie||Clear||Nov 2016|
|Charamese Hector||Clear||Nov 2016|
|Reeds Fowling Alexia a.k.a. Martha||Clear||August 2016|
|Netis Jitter Bug a.k.a. Pi||Clear||June 2015|
|Charamese Hester a.k.a. Ella||Clear||April 2016|
|Novaforesta Lady Fern a.k.a. Snoop||Clear||August 2016|
|Novaforesta Laurel Oak a.k.a. Archie||Clear||March 2017|
|Novaforesta James Brown a.k.a. Boris||Clear||June 2017|
"It was more than a pleasure to meet the Barbet at the Game Fair this year (2013 -Ed). It was my first encounter with this rather hairy but superb looking breed and I was impressed particularly with the temperament. As a stranger with a bright light attached to my head I was able to examine the eyes of all four dogs in a tent with flapping sides in a noisy environment with a temperature of 32C without any difficulty. No struggling, no blinking -- just a very calm and accepting manner. And all eight eyes were healthy -- no entropion in these four and crystal clear media back to the optic nerve. A very nice addition to the breeds I normally check and it was encouraging to witness the determination of the owners to keep the Barbet as healthy as possible."
Prof.Peter Bedford, FRCVS