Basics of Dog Breed : Barbet

Posted on September 20 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Barbet

Breed Information:

Origin:  France
FCI Group: Game Reporter Dogs - Game Hunting Dogs - Water Dogs
FCI number: 105
Hair type: Frieze
Shape of the head: Round

Race history

The race Barbet is very old, but its exact origins, little known, are debatable : some sources go back to North Africa, while others locate them in Central Europe. Be that as it may, the Barbet has spread widely in France and outside of it over the centuries. This dog is traditionally used for hunting waterfowl, hunters exploiting his enthusiasm and determination when it comes to fetching waterfowl between aquatic plants.

Many books refer to Barbet as early as the 16th century. From this dog, several other European breeds of water dogs have been developed. Nevertheless, Barbet saw its population decline sharply at the end of the Second World War. The breed owes its survival to passionate breeders. Today, he is appreciated as a pet dog. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on December 4, 1954.

Physical characteristics

The Barbet is a rustic dog, robust, of medioline construction (slightly longer than high) and of average size. He is especially recognizable by his thick curly fleece and beard, hence the name of the breed. His hair:curly, woolly texture, long, provided, can form locks and covering the entire body of the dog. Its color: black, white, gray, brown, all shades of fawn and sand. Its head : 

covered with long hairs provided from the skull and falling to the chamfer, a long beard and a mustache covering the whole chamfer. The skull is rounded and broad, the marked stop, the truffle wide and of black or brown color in agreement with the color of the dress and muzzle well square 
Its ears: long, flattened, broad, covered with long strands of hair, attached low. 
His body:  writable in a rectangle. The neck is short and strong, the back is strong and well supported, the kidney is short and strong and the chest is wide. 
Its tail: tied down, forming a hook at its end, slightly raised, above the horizontal when the dog is in action.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 20 kg and 25 kg Between 53 cm and 61 cm
Male Between 20 kg and 25 kg Between 58 cm and 65 cm

A Barbet dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

Barbet is a dog with a balanced, sociable and active character . A water dog par excellence, he never hesitates to dive to recover waterfowl hidden among aquatic plants. As a family, he is extremely attached to his teachers , is very affectionate and  gets along very well with the children and other animals of the house.

Education ...
The education of Barbet requires a lot of patience , gentleness and a small dose of firmness. He likes to please his master , which is a significant asset in his learning.



Barbet is a rustic and robust dog. Its particular dress gives it an excellent protection against the cold and especially the humidity . Indeed, not only the Barbet does not fear water (even cold), but it is also very comfortable in this environment when he has to fetch game or an object launched. Hip dysplasia and  patellar dislocation  are among the few pathologies to watch for in this breed. Apart from this, the latter does not present a major health concern.

Maintenance & Hygiene


Barbet is one of those breeds that do not moult. Therefore, its maintenance is greatly facilitated, but it must remain regular to preserve the natural beauty of her dress and effectively protect her skin.

Outings ...
This breed needs a lot of exercise every day to spend. He has kept much of his hunter instinct and loves to play on big fields, especially if he has water points. Barbet also shows its advantage during agility trials.

Hygiene ...
It is recommended to brush it long and methodically once a week. He may be bathed occasionally using a specific shampoo. As for the grooming, it can be of type "mowing of hunting" if it is called to hunt regularly.

Living conditions

The Barbet is a dog that is mainly for people willing to offer long trips and frequent activities. More in its element in a house with fenced garden than in an apartment, however it can adapt to all lifestyles if it enjoys long walks daily and if its needs are met.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1100 € 1600 €

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