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The barbet is a water dog originating from France. It is a rare breed, which originally was used for both retrieving and flushing game in the marshes and wetlands of France. The barbet can be dated back to the 17th century. Its most characteristic feature is a dense curly coat that often mistakes it for a poodle.

Character and behaviour
A barbet is a happy and intelligent breed. They quickly learn new commands and it is important that they are stimulated through obedience training throughout their entire life. The barbet needs a strong leader otherwise it will eventually take control. The barbet never displays aggressive behaviour. It loves spending time with its owners and prefers to stay in the same room as them as well.

The barbet is good with children but because of its size it may seem tremendous towards the youngest. As long as it gets plenty of exercise every day it will make a perfect family dog. Besides, the barbet is also suitable for agility training.

History of the breed
The barbet is an old breed of water dogs from France and can be tracked back to the 17th century. It was first and foremost used as a working dog. The barbet was indispensable for the French when they went hunting. Due to a thick coat the barbet was capable of staying in cold water for hours.

This was very convenient when the barbet had to retrieve birds to the hunter. Besides, the barbet was used for hunt in wetlands and marshes. Today, the barbet is becoming more popular in Scandinavia and North America due to is abilities as a working dog but also as a pet.

Character and behaviour
The barbet has a characteristic appearance due to its dense curly coat that covers all of its body. It is a medium-sized dog with ears hanging down. The tail is often carried upright. The back is straight and well proportioned in relation to the rest of the body.

The barbet is 20-25 inches tall and weighs 45-59 pounds.

The coat is curly and dense and requires at least a brushing once a week. Furthermore, the coat needs to be cut twice a year. And the ears need regular cleaning. Ear infections in particular can become an issue for the barbet. Besides, it can be inclined to suffer from hip dysplasia. Life expectancy is 13-15 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Gentle and loyal dog
  • Loves to spend time with its owner
  • Requires a lot of mental stimulation
  • Suitable as a family dog
  • Not suitable in a family with small children
  • Requires comprehensive grooming

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