Barbet News (page 63)
Application for KC recognition rejected.
On 26/07/12 we were advised by the Kennel Club that our application for the breed to be recognised in the UK had been rejected
The reasons given for the rejection were as follows-:
a) "The breed has only had a F.C.I. standard since 2006 and is still classified as a developing breed by the FCI."
b) "Whilst it was acknowledged that the breed is fully recognised in France, there was still a very small UK gene pool. The Sub-Committee noted from the detail submitted on the two latest litters that they were very closely related, with the sire and dam of each being litter mates."
c) "The incidence of hip dysplasia in the breed was noted and the club was advised to monitor scores of UK stock closely."
While we can only accept the Kennel Clubs decision, we are somewhat puzzled at the reasons given. The application included the current breed standard in French and a copy of the F.C.I standard in English which was last updated in 2006. The F.C.I. recognised the barbet in 1954 which was stated on the first page of the application. Certainly the barbet is still being developed, but presumably one of the roles of the Kennel Club is to provide support and expertise to those breed clubs and breeders involved in rare breeds.
Obviously there is still a small gene pool within the UK population, which is why we have established good links with other national breed clubs and breeders so that we can have access to new blood from outside the UK and equally allow UK born barbet to contribute to breeding programs overseas. Yes, a male and a female from the same litter have been used for the two most recent litters. There is no suggestion that they have been mated together or that any of their progeny will be mated together, so apparently in a litter of twelve, only one dog should go on to reproduce.
The incidence of hip dysplasia in the barbet worldwide is very small and in the UK non-existant. The Barbet Club of G.B. publishes the hip scores of members` dogs that have been tested on our Health page. We are rightly proud of the hip scores UK barbets have achieved.
We may submit a further application to the Kennel Club in two years time and the Club will consider whether that is the best course of action for the breed nearer the time.
We are also very grateful to the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) for their continued support which is invaluable in allowing the barbet to grow in the UK.