The Barbet is an old dog breed that originated in France. They have a typical water dog appearance with webbed feet, and their entire body covered with water-resistant, wooly coat. They are medium size dogs that are often confused with poodles with their broad head, hanging ears, small button-like nose eyes and tip, a well-shaped body and a long, hanging tail. The Barbet is neither common nor a popular breed.
|Other Names||French Water Dog|
|Coat||Long, dense, curly, wooly, water-repellant, wavy|
|Colors||Black, Brown, Fawn, Grey, White|
|Type||Water Dog, Working Dog, Watch Dog, Retriever, Companion Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Weight||37-62 pounds (full grown male/female)|
Male: 58–65 cm (23–26 in);
Female: 53–61 cm (21–24 in)
|Personality Traits||Brave, loyal, playful, friendly, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes (including dogs)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||AKC (FSS), FCI, CKC, UKC
Breed Standards (AKC)
Between the late 18th and the early 19th centuries, this breed was known by different names in different regions like ‘Barbet’ in France, ‘Barbone’ in Italy, and ‘Pudel’ in Germany. Although the role of the Barbet is crucial in the history of the dog, the exact origin of the Barbet breed has disappeared in antiquity; this dog contributed to the making of many future breeds like Briard, Bichon Frise, or Newfoundland. The Barbet dogs were best known as waterfowl retrievers in marshes, estuaries, and wetlands in France. In fact, the Barbet played such an important role as a working dog that its very name became generic for any dog that has a long, curly coat.
In 1750, Count George Louis Buffon authored a book ‘Histoire Naturelle’ that depicts the ‘Grand Barbet’ that is seemingly the origin of the different breeds of the latter-day waterdogs including American water spaniel, poodle, Portuguese water dog, etc.Much like the modern-day Portuguese water dog, the Barbets extensively worked as the assistant to the sailors.
In 1891, the breed standards of the Barbet were written for the very first time. Gradually, in the 19th century, with the popularization of dog shows and look-based selective breeding, the poodle breed evolved to be more refined, and with a solid color.
Presently, as a family pet dog, the Barbet dog is becoming popular mostly in the North American and Scandinavian countries.
Barbet dogs are extremely loyal and dedicated to their owners and families. At the same time, they would prefer spending all day in the same room with its dear ones. These are dogs that can create bonds with humans very easily, and would even make great buddies with kids.
They are mirthful and intelligent and would pick up training at ease. These dogs are also suitable for the older adults, who are in need of a constant companion.Barbets make good watchdogs.
Provide them with an average of 2½ to 3 cups of good-quality dry dog food per day.