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