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The Barbet is a breed of dog that loves water more than anything. Thus, swamps or ponds are his favorite playgrounds. Places where he can flush out game and bring it back. Another love: its owner. The Barbet is an excellent, loyal companion dog. He is gentle, caring and endearing. He does not necessarily like solitude and finds his fulfillment in the company of his owner. Also an excellent playmate for the little ones. The Barbet is recognizable by its thick curly fleece and beard, hence the choice of the name of the breed.



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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Frieze
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 53 cm to 61 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 58 cm to 65 cm
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History of the breed

In 711, the Barbet arrived on the Iberian Peninsula following the crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar by the Arabs . It continues its ascent and crosses the Pyrenees to settle in Languedoc and Aquitaine . The Barbet then heads further east, towards Bresse and the Alps , where his water dog qualities are appreciated.

Much more recently, the breeder Vincenti exploded the popularity of the Barbet between the 2 World Wars. Then, like many races, it was on the verge of extinction during WWII. He is kept alive thanks to the daughter of Doctor Vincenti , who continues to breed the breed. He was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1954.

Nowadays, the Barbet is a rather rare dog.

Barbet Pictures

Photo by Milou, BarbetPhoto of Callas, BarbetPhoto by Filou, Barbet

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Physical features

His hair: curly, woolly in texture, long, thick, able to form wicks and covering the entire body of the dog.
Its color: unicoloured black, white, gray, brown, all shades of fawn and sand.
His head: covered with long thick hairs starting from the skull and falling to the muzzle, a long and thick beard, a mustache covering the entire muzzle. The skull is rounded and broad, the stop marked, the nose wide and black or brown in accordance with the color of the coat and the muzzle well square.
His ears: long, flattened, wide, covered with long strands of hair, set low.
His body: writable in a rectangle. The neck is short and strong, the back is strong and well supported, the loins short and strong and the chest very broad.
Its tail: set low, forming a hook at its end, slightly raised, above the horizontal when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Barbet is a dog with a balanced, sociable and active character . Water dog par excellence, he never hesitates to dive to retrieve waterfowl (waterfowl) hidden among aquatic plants. In family, he is extremely attached to his owners , is very affectionate and gets along very well with children and other animals in the house. The Barbet is an intelligent and balanced dog.

He is particularly docile . He is loyal to his owner, for whom he has a deep affection. Its affection is also noticed during certain uses. Indeed, the Barbet is sometimes used in hospital and psychiatric environment, to help sick people to forge a link again with the outside world. He also appreciates the presence of other animals.

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The education of the 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. He is docile, but must be educated with thought and methodology . Like all dogs, the owner must be gentle, empathetic and firm .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Barbet is a dog that is aimed above all at people willing to offer him long outings and frequent activities. More in his element in a house with a fenced garden than in an apartment, he can however adapt to all lifestyles if he enjoys long daily walks and if his needs are met.


Ease of gaining weight

The Barbet is a rustic and robust dog. Its particularly provided dress gives it excellent protection against the cold and especially humidity . Indeed, not only the Barbet does not fear water (even cold), but it is also very comfortable in this environment when it has to go to look for game or a thrown object. Hip dysplasia and patellar luxation are among the rare pathologies to watch out for in this breed. Apart from that, the latter does not present a big health concern.

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Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Barbet dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Barbet is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Barbet is one of the breeds that do not moult. As a result, its maintenance is considerably facilitated, but it must remain regular to preserve the natural beauty of her dress and effectively protect her skin.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,100
1600 €

The purchase price of a Barbet is between € 1,100 and € 1,600.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,200
1300 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Barbet is between € 1,200 and € 1,300.

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The Barbet’s diet must be of high quality . This breed of dog is not difficult in front of its meal. Its diet can consist of high quality kibble , or human food such as raw meat, pasta, rice or vegetables. Meals simply need to be balanced .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

This breed needs a lot of daily exercise to burn off. He has retained a good part of his hunting instinct and loves to evolve on large grounds, especially if it has water points. The Barbet is also shown to its advantage during agility events.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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