Facts or beliefs?
J C Hermans is the creator of the Barbet Moderne (mainly a mix between two stray dogs x Poodle and a Portuguese Water dog or two, initiated in 1980ies and forward) …he refer to himself as the father of Barbet Moderne and without him this breed would not exist, which is true. Vieux Barbet (Griffon Barbet) on the other hand has a long history and his standard was written in 1886 by Jean de Coninck. You can read more about Hermans and his vision in his own words here.
We can’t change the past but we can still learn and act. Either we can continue to disregard facts…or we can wake up to think outside a square box of vanity and misguiding rules. Instead consider and study the history and facts given and try our best to work for a greater understanding with a goal to preserve a breed, his heritage and function. Or maybe You prefer and like to care for a Barbet Moderne? Please do, but stay honest about history and facts.
Correct the basic information and make verified facts available to everyone. Make your choice and decisions based on facts and your own preferences. Never from what others think.
As a parable in a fairytale written by H C Anderson, and previously used several times when the Barbet is being discussed and especially to reflect over how easy-fooled mankind actually are but also how rules and norms intervenes with our thinking process…
”A vain emperor who cares too much about wearing and displaying clothes hires two weavers who claim to make the most beautiful clothes and elaborate patterns. The weavers are con-men who convince the emperor they are using a fine fabric invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The con lies in that the weavers are actually only pretending to manufacture the clothes. Thus, no one, not even the emperor nor his ministers can see the alleged "clothes", but they all pretend that they can for FEAR of appearing unfit for their positions. Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished and they mime dressing the emperor who then marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Finally, a child in the crowd blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all".