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Most commonly heard of when reading the history of other breeds ancestry, the Barbet traces back to the early 1800s, where it was used for hundreds of years for hunting waterfowl and being an "all around" working dog. This breed is thought to of been created by using the Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog and other bloodlines. Today, this breed is commonly used along side of those who love to hunt or have a farm, however they are absolutely loving companions.


Both males and females measuring 21-25 inches in height and weighing 35-65 pounds in weight, this is a large breed. Their head appears large and round, as large pendant shaped ears hang along side of their face, with two round eyes and a nose that match their coat color. This breed has four long, round legs that lead down to 4 large, round paws. Their body is built solid and hardy. The Barbet has a medium length tail that is generally relaxed in appearance.


The Barbet is a lovely breed to add to any family with children of all ages, elderly and other pets or dogs they are able to grow up along side of. This breed is affectionate, friendly, playful and loyal. This breed requires a owner who only uses positive reinforcement training methods as this breed is fairly easy and eager to train and learn. Please note that the Barbet breed can and most likely will experience separation anxiety if left alone too long or if being ignored. This breed tends to bond extremely close with all of its family members and it is important to keep this in mind.


Daily brushing is required to eliminate knots and mats from forming. Bathe when needed but be mindful of keeping their waterproof coat safe and not damaged. Professional grooming is highly recommended for the breed.

Special Notes

The Barbet is prone to epilepsy, hernias, hip issues and entropion. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure this is the correct breed of choice for your family and that you are able to make a life long commitment to your new addition. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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