Barbet Dog Breed Facts & Information

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If you're looking for a fun-loving dog who's not afraid to get a little dirty, look no further! The barbet dog is affectionate, playful, and always up for a new adventure. Originally bred for hunting purposes, the barbet is the perfect companion for wilderness excursions but also has no problems relaxing at home. This versatile dog makes the perfect companion.

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The Basics

Barbet dogs belong to the sporting group and originate from France. The name barbet comes from the French word barbe which means "beard." These dogs are perfectly cuddly with a bearded face and a fluffy coat! A medium-sized dog, male Barbets are 22.5-25 inches tall while females are 20.5-24 inches in height. Both sexes range from 37-62 pounds and have a life expectancy of 13-15 years.

The History

The barbet dog is an original French water dog and was used historically for hunting water game. A timeless and classic breed, references to the barbet dog date back as far as the eighth century. The breed is always mentioned with fondness and admiration due to their loving nature, affinity towards water, versatility, and high intelligence. Barbets are ancestors of the poodle, bichon, griffon, otterhound, Newfoundland, briard and countless other breeds.


The breed was almost eliminated after second World War but luckily, a devoted group of breeders was sure to keep the presence of the historical dog alive. Today, barbets are less common. There are only 30-40 verified barbets in the U.S., but they still make their presence known across the globe.

The Personality

Known for their intelligence and strong social skills, barbets have thrilling and joyful personalities. These dogs are quite versatile in their physical skill sets and are one of the top breeds for agility. Barbets succeed in activities such as chasing balls and catching flying discs. They also love to play in the mud and have been given the nickname "mud dog." As historical water dogs, barbets require a fair amount of physical activity. They are always up for a leisurely swim! These dogs have a calm temperament and are easy for just about anyone to live with as long as their activity needs are met.


Barbets are very trainable due to their obedient nature and willingness to please. They require a consistent training regimen from a dedicated owner.

These loving pups are faithful to their owners and wish to be pleasing companions. Barbets have no trouble getting along with children and other pets.

The Appearance

One touch of a Barber's coat and you can just feel the warmth! This hair, not fur, is long, wooly, and waterproof. The coat can be wavy or curly and comes in solid colors: black, gray, brown, fawn, pale fawn, red fawn, or white.


Below that beautiful coat of hair. you'll find a pair of webbed feet. These webbings were perfect, historically, in aiding Barbets in their water hunting.

Because of their curly hair, barbets require daily brushing to keep the coat from matting. These dogs can have their hair trimmed to help out with the maintenance of the coat. Luckily, the hair does not shed often and is a preferable choice for owners with allergies.

Barbet essential facts:

  • *Personality: *Friendly, trainable, intelligent, and lovable

  • *Energy Level: *Very active

  • *Barking Level: *Moderate

  • *Shedding: *Infrequent

  • *Grooming: *Daily

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Trainability: Very good

  • *Height: *22.5-25 inches (male),


    inches (female)

  • *Weight: *37-62 pounds

  • *Life Expectancy: *13-15 years