Barbet

The Barbet, also known as the French Water Dog, is a rare breed that gets its name from the French word barbe, which means beard. Although you can find Barbets all over the world, there are currently only about 1,600 of them in existence. Contrary to its name, the Barbet is thought to have originated in France. The American Barbet has been recognized since the 1500s when Henry IV preferred to take these types of dogs on his hunting excursions. At this time, the dogs were known simply as Barbets. From the very beginning, Barbets were developed to be excellent hunting dogs for waterfowl. After World War II, the breed nearly became extinct. It seemed that there were only a few Barbets left in the world. However, a woman by the name of Madame Petre was able to bring the dogs back by locating the few that were left. Petre's father, Doctor Vincenti, was one of the first Barbet breeders before the war.

The Barbet is a medium-sized French Water Dog that was bred as a working dog. It is covered in a thick, wooly coat, which usually comes in a solid color. They have large, floppy ears that are covered in curly, thick hair. Like most water dogs, they have webbed feet that enable them to swim better. Although they don 't look it, they are agile and strong. The Barbet's coat needs regular grooming, otherwise their coats will form mats. Their ears also need to be checked regularly for infections. This is a very rare breed and susceptible to genetic defects because there is a small gene pool for the breed. Personality: The Barbet is a sweet, joyful and affectionate breed that enjoys human companionship. They love the outdoors and need plenty of exercise, especially swimming. They are usually calm and easygoing, but if they don't get enough exercise, they may become bored or destructive. Barbets make perfect family dogs as they are affectionate with children and loveable. They are quick to learn and eager to please which make them very obedient. They are friendly towards strangers and other dogs. Barbets are extremely friendly dogs that crave companionship. They are also very intelligent, obedient and faithful. They are most known for their agility, and they excel in such games as fly ball, frisbee, jumping hurdles and fetch. Finally, Barbets get along quite well with other pets.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
13-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
French Water Dog, American Barbet, Berger De Bresse, Barbet

Barbet Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Barbet is a medium-sized French Water Dog that was bred as a working dog. It is covered in a thick, wooly coat, which usually comes in a solid color. They have large, floppy ears that are covered in curly, thick hair. Like most water dogs, they have webbed feet that enable them to swim better.

Although they don 't look it, they are agile and strong.

The Barbet's coat needs regular grooming, otherwise their coats will form mats. Their ears also need to be checked regularly for infections. This is a very rare breed and susceptible to genetic defects because there is a small gene pool for the breed.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Barbet is a sweet, joyful and affectionate breed that enjoys human companionship. They love the outdoors and need plenty of exercise, especially swimming. They are usually calm and easygoing, but if they don't get enough exercise, they may become bored or destructive. Barbets make perfect family dogs as they are affectionate with children and loveable. They are quick to learn and eager to please which make them very obedient.

They are friendly towards strangers and other dogs.

Barbets are extremely friendly dogs that crave companionship. They are also very intelligent, obedient and faithful. They are most known for their agility, and they excel in such games as fly ball, frisbee, jumping hurdles and fetch. Finally, Barbets get along quite well with other pets.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & White Fawn Gray Light Brown White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Water-Repellent

Due to the texture and thickness of the Barbet's coat, you will need to brush your pet every day to avoid mats. Monthly baths should be sufficient unless your dog becomes excessively dirty. However, be sure to brush its hair before bathing as water can worsen any mats that may be in the hair. If you wish, you can keep your Barbet's coat clipped to make grooming easier.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
Yes
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
No
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Barbet has webbed paws that help it swim
  • Barbets are related to many different breeds of dogs including the Newfoundland, Otterhound, Briard, Griffon, Poodle and Bichon Frise
  • It´s a medium-sized dog that averages about 46 pounds fully grown
  • These dogs have thick, woolly, poodle-like hair that is water and weather-resistant
  • While they come in a variety of colors, the most common shades are black, brown and parti-colored

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Common Health Conditions in Barbets

A healthy American Barbet can live to about 15 years. Since there are not very many Barbets in the world, there is not enough information to pinpoint any common health conditions in the breed. However, some of these dogs have been known to develop such problems as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, entropion and cataracts. The American Barbet is an energetic and lively dog that can bring happiness to most any home. While Barbets were once bred for the purpose of retrieving waterfowl, today they make great companions for families who have children or other pets. If you choose to bring one of these dogs into your home, you can expect to have a loyal friend for many years to come.

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