Thinking about purchasing an Barbet? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Barbet breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.

Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

Fundamental requirements for a being a good Barbet owner;

Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Barbet and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

Questions you may want to ask an Barbet Breeder:

It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Barbet and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."

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Barbet Breed Profile

The Barbet is a medium size, sturdy, intelligent dog originating from France. The Barbet is very friendly, sociable and loves to swim. The Barbets webbed feet and wooly coat is made to withstand the cold chilly water for hours. The breed was developed centuries ago to point, flush and retrieve fowl from water and fallen arrows. The Barbet is used as a gundog and a companion. The coat is curled and wooly making it waterproof, but requires lots of maintenance to keep as a house dog. The coat forms a beard like chin called Barbe (French word meaning Beard) which gave the breed its name Barbet. The Barbet is a cheerful obedient and makes a great family pet.

Other Names: Barbe, Barbette, Griffon d’arret a Poil Laineux, French Water Dog and French Gun Dog

Type: Gun Dog

Height: 21.5 inches -23.5 inches
Weight: 35-60 lbs.

Color: Black, White, Gray, Chestnut, Fawn
Coat: Thick, long curly or wavy.

Temperament: The Barbet loves the water, is obedient, friendly, intelligent and joyful. The Barbet is good around children and other pets and is eager to learn and please.
With Children: Yes
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Swimming, Retrieving

Grooming: The Barbets Coat does not shed and requires weekly brushing and clean from debris and mud to prevent matting. Remove excess hair from pads. The coat also needs to be trimmed down twice a year especially before hot summer months.
Training: Easy to train

Activity: Medium to High
Living Environment: Large Fenced Yard but can also do well in smaller environments.

Life Span: 13-15 years
Litter Size: 6-9

Health Issues: Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, and sometimes Skin Allergies. Check health clearances with breeder.

Country of Origin: France
Template History: An Ancient European water dog which has played an important part in developing several other waterdog breeds. This Breed was used to retriever fowl from the water and to fallen arrows. The Barbet is used as a gundog and a companion.

Registries: CKC, UKC, AKC-FSS, ARBA, FCI



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