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Barbet History

The Barbet is a medium to large-sized, short-legged, long-eared, and long-coated water dog from southern France. According to the FCI, the Barbet variety includes several varieties: the Continental Barbet, the Petit Barbet, the Small Water Dogs, the Bearded and Mustached Waters, the Griffon Vendéens, the Chiens de St-Clair, and the Saint-Pierre.

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Barbet Physical Characteristics

The Barbet is a medium sized breed of hunting and companion dogs, originating in France. They are known for their long, curly crest feathers, which stand erect when the dogs are excited. They have slim bodies, muscular legs, and pointy ears. Their coats are short, ranging from red, white, and black to liver and white. They are energetic and playful, but also affectionate and devoted.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Fawn, Gray, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 37 – 62 lbs

Female Weight Range: 31 – 51 lbs

Barbet Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Barbet Health Concerns

Entropion, Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Epilepsy

Barbet Temperament and Behaviour

The Barbet is a happy, friendly, and intelligent breed that is easy to train. They are active and playful, but can also be calm and quiet when necessary. They are good with children and other pets, and are protective of their family and home.

Barbet Activity Requirements

The Barbet is a medium-sized, short-haired dog that is known for its intelligence and clownish personality. They are often compared to cats because of their playful, mischievous nature. A daily walk or a game of fetch is a great way to help keep your Barbet happy. While they do like to play, they are not as high energy as some other breeds. They are also not very active indoors. The Barbet loves being with people and does best in a home where someone is around most of the day. They do well with families, but they can become destructive if they are left by themselves for too long.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Barbet is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Barbet is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Barbet is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Barbet is part of the Sporting group.

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