Saturday, May 27, 2017

Northrock's "G" Litter - Welcoming the Billy x Lexi Litter

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of the
Billy x Lexi puppies born May 23rd, 2017.

Dutch CH Nuphar's Everything Zen x BPIS CH Northrock's Eureka CGN

It is with a happy heart that I share the news that the Billy x Lexi litter has been born. On May 23rd Lexi whelped three beautiful Barbets, two males and one female. Mom and pups are doing well and we are looking forward to lots of fun with this crew in the days and weeks ahead. 

Many thanks to Delia Bucknell, Olaf van Schie and Anne Plomp without whom this litter would not have been possible.
Lexi is co-owned with Delia Bucknell and myself.  Here she is on May 10th enjoying the spring sunshine.

Billy - Owned by Olaf van Schie and bred by Anne Plomp

First photo of one of the Billy x Lexi pups

Listening to puppy heartbeats with the doppler. Music to my ears.

Lexi - May 21.  Lots of sleeping and resting.

Lexi was very accommodating and waited to deliver her puppies until Nellemarie Hyde my dear friend and whelper helper returned to the city from her weekend away up north.  Lexi is proving to be a great first time mum, keeping her puppies content, clean and very well fed.  With lots of space at the milk bar, the puppies already weighed over a pound by the time they were three days old.

                    Ron       born at  1:24 pm 11.5 oz - Black
                    Hermione   born at  2:19 pm         13.2 oz - Black
                    Harry      born at  2:41 pm         10.3 oz - Black

Please visit our Facebook Page Northrock Barbets for frequent video and photo updates of the Billy x Lexi pups.  We will also be providing updates via the blog, just not as often.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Puppies expected at Northrock Barbets - May 2017

Northrock Barbets Upcoming Litter Announcement 

Puppies due May 2017

BPIS CH Northrock’s Eureka CGN x CH Nuphar’s Everything Zen 
Pregnancy has been confirmed by ultrasound.   

This much anticipated litter is the result of the co-operation between Billy’s owner Olaf van Schie, breeder Anne Plomp, myself and Lexi’s co-owner Delia Bucknell.  Our mutual respect for one another and our shared passion for the Barbet has allowed us to carry out this exciting international breeding.

There is much to like about this pairing as we feel that Lexi to Billy is an excellent match for temperament, conformation and overall health.  At almost 5 years of age, Billy is a healthy, good natured Barbet. He is calm, sociable and friendly and lives in an active family with three children. Billy enjoys water, swims and retrieves. 

Beautifully balanced he is a nice moving dog with a strong head, good bone, nice depth of chest and good forechest. His coat has retained it’s deep black pigment and has easy to manage open curls.  He has achieved his Dutch conformation championship with pleasing comments from the judges.  His hips are rated A and his eyes are certified normal.  

This will be Lexi’s first litter.  Along the way to her Canadian Kennel Club championship she earned multiple Best Puppy in Sporting Group wins along with a Best Puppy in Show. A pretty girl, Lexi also has a Canine Good Neighbour temperament title to her credit. Her hips are OFA good and she has normal elbow, cardiac, thyroid and eye certifications and is clear for dilution. 

At birth her colour was a rich chestnut brown and in her second year began it fading to a much lighter although quite striking colour.  She has a gentle and loving temperament and excels as a companion to the two young boys she shares her home with.  Summers for Lexi include lots of time at the family cottage where she gets to swim regularly.  

We are very much looking forward to the puppies that Lexi and Billy could produce.  It’s our hope that the pedigree for this litter will be a marriage of bloodlines that will benefit our breeding program and make a positive contribution to the breed.  

For more information please contact 
Stephanie Dixon at

Friday, April 14, 2017

An Introduction to the Barbet

The following article was published in ShowSight Magazine, April 2017.  Written by fellow Barbet breeder and friend Judy McMaster Descutner, it's an excellent introduction to the Barbet.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A new title for Summer

Summer (URO1 UCH Nuphar's Soak Up The Sun PCD* RN CGN) and I had a great time this weekend at the Credit Valley Kennel and Obedience Club's CKC rally and obedience trials. I'm happy to say that in addition to qualifying in the two Rally Intermediate trials with a first and second in the class, Summer also earned her Pre-Novice obedience title and we can now add the letters PCD to her name.

*pending confirmation from CKC

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Boomer x Ellie Puppies 8 - 9 Weeks

The Boomer x Ellie puppies have been such a joy.  I feel so blessed to have been able to watch these pups grow up and see their individual personalities blossom.  Ellie has been an exceptional mom and I am so very grateful to Lise and Les for their friendship and trust in letting Ellie come and stay with us while she raised her litter.  
Lise with Ellie and her puppies
The puppies had a busy time in their last couple of weeks with us.  Trips for their structural evaluations and chiropractic check up, and vet check up all went well.  They have become good travellers and by the time they were off to their new homes they handled their car trips with ease.

Rolo chewing on a beef knee cap
Baby Ruth really liked the bird wing during her temperament testing.
Oh Henry investigates the umbrella.
The temperament testing was an enjoyable day spent with friends, observing the puppies and watching how they handled new challenges.  We were all pleased with how well the puppies did.

The weather was quite good for this time of year and the pups got to go outside to play in their outdoor pen regularly.  There were some days were it was a little too windy and cold though.  The bottle pool offered some indoor entertainment for the puppies and humans watching them. 

 The puppies have now gone off to live with their new families.  I'm looking forward to hearing all about their new adventures with their people.  I am truly grateful for the wonderful friendships that have been made as our Northrock family has grown.  Farewell little muppets, I look forward to when we will see each other again xoxo

Monday, March 13, 2017

Boomer x Ellie puppies 5 - 7 weeks

The time is flying by with the puppies from Northrock's F litter.  So many wonderful memories are being made and Ellie has been an exceptional mother. 
Ellie and her pups 💖
Summer hanging out with the puppies.
During the past few weeks they have had new things added to their indoor pen and have been taking regular trips outside to play.  

They have had a field trip to a farm and been tattooed.  It was a long car ride and a fun outing for the pups where they got to explore a whole bunch of new smells and different terrain. 

 The temperament tests are now complete and I'm very pleased with the puppies' personalities.  They are a delightful bunch who melted the hearts of our testers.

For the last several weeks many visitors have been coming to the house to help socialize the puppies. It makes for a very busy schedule here at Northrock but I wouldn't have it any other way.

 Photos and videos are posted on an almost daily basis on the Northrock Barbets Facebook Page.  Please visit and like the page so you don't miss any updates.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boomer x Ellie Puppies 3 & 4 weeks

Lots has been happening with the Boomer and Ellie puppies during the last couple of weeks.  We've watched them grow from neonates into little puppies that are quick and co-ordinated.  They can see and hear and are making all sorts of vocalizations from little puppy growls to yips and woofs.   

Here are the puppies at 3 1/2 weeks of age

They made the big move out of the guest bedroom downstairs to the dining room which has been converted into a puppy play pen.  They are enjoying their larger space which includes lots of toys that are rotated regularly, a sleeping area and the potty boxes.  I'm quite pleased with how quickly they have taken to consistently using the potty box to eliminate.  It makes clean up so much easier and helps to establish clean bathroom habits from the start.

The puppies are now eating solid food 4 times a day.  It's a mixture of ground turkey with bone and goats milk and today we have introduced ground beef with goats milk.  They very much enjoy their mealtimes however, they are still nursing throughout the day from their dam.

Lots of visitors have been coming over which is so very good for puppy socialization.  We are playing noise c.d.s for the puppies which also helps to acclimate them to the many sounds of the real world in addition to the sounds inside our home such as pots and pans clanging and the vacuum cleaner running. The puppies are also having a grand time playing with their adventure box and exploring the space outside of their pen. 
The puppies enjoying their adventure box


I hope you enjoy our blog posts about the Boomer and Ellie puppies.  If you would like to see more photos and videos of the pups I invite you to like our Facebook page Northrock Barbets where I try to post photos of the little ones on a daily basis.