A sporting dog of French origin, the Barbet was developed as a waterfowl retriever. Pronounced Bar-bay, the word Barbet comes from the French word barbe, which means beard. A versatile gun dog with an affinity for water, this medium sized, low shedding, woolly coated breed makes an endearing addition to active homes. Despite its long history, the Barbet is not a common nor well-known breed. Reference to the breed dates back to the 12th century where it is documented as a water retriever whose thick, water resistant coat helped earn them a reputation for braving the chilliest water.
In addition to their retrieving skills, Barbets are cherished for their adaptability and joyful, intelligent personality. The Barbet makes a willing and capable partner in many performance events such as agility, rally-obedience, lure coursing, scent detection, tracking, and dock diving to name a few. Several Barbets are certified therapy and service dogs and still others hunt with their owners. Approximately 1400 Barbets make their home in North America and their numbers continue to grow as others come to share their love for this companionable and goodnatured dog.
Allthought a Barbet is a rare dog, you can see them at some AKC competitions and performing events all over the country all year long. Here is the links to the breeders list in the USA and Canada, surely you will find one in a driving distance.
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You don't enjoy to brush hair,, you will not like to brush your dog.. Barbet requires brushing once a week to maintain a tangle free and healthy coat.
You are not an outdoorsy person. Don't like mud, dirt, leaves, branches, sticky plants. Your Barbet will bring all these things at home, so each time you are hiking or going to do some outdoor activities you will need some brushing to clean him.
You don't like wet dog faces. Well, Barbets are bearded dogs, so after drinking, that beard will be not dry...lol...
You work long hours. You don't have a petsitter for lunch time. Barbets don't do well left alone for long hours and and can develop destructive behavior because of boredom.
You don't like to see your shadow. Barbets are shadows. They will be next to you, the closest possible, following you everywhere. Not a needy way. They just like to be with you. All the time.lol.
You don't like affection. Get a stuffed animal. Barbets are hugging teddy bears. Really..
You don't like to get attention. Well, as soon you will be out there,
your Barbet will get attention. Get used to it or get a stuffed animal.
Seriously, your Barbet has a tick, wooly coat. Everything is getting sticked to it. You can always keep the coat short, it will be easier to maintain. Remember, weekly brushing, and grooming every 6-8 weeks will be a lifetime commitment.