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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Sporting Group.

Weight:

44-55 pounds (20-25 kg).

Height:

Males are at least 21 inches (54 cm) at the withers while females are at least 20 inches (50 cm) at the withers.

Color(s):

Standard colours include black, brown, white, sable, fawn, and grey.

Coat:

Barbets have long coats of woolly hair, either wavy or curly.


Overview

Character:

As faithful and joyful animals, Barbets make excellent companions. Gentle yet vigorous, these affectionate dogs have wonderful personalities.

Country of Origin:

France.

History:

This breed has been present in Europe since the Middle Ages and references to it can be found in writings and drawings from the 1500's. This breed nearly disappeared during the late 1800's and is still quite rare today. The Barbet is thought to be the ancestor of various water breeds and wolly, curly coated breeds such as bichons, poodles, and the Portuguese Water Dog.

Name:

This breed is also known as the French Water Dog.

Temperament:

These gentle dogs are known for their non-aggressive and even-tempered dispositions. Barbets are excellent sheepdogs and retrievers. They're also great swimmers and love water.


Care

Training:

Barbets are obedient and intelligent dogs and are very trainable.

Activity:

Barbets are very active animals that require regular exercise.

Ownership:

While this breed can tolerate living in the city, it cannot be confined or left alone for long stretches of time. Barbets require plenty of exercise every day and their woolly coats require regular grooming to prevent matting. These dogs do not tolerate heat very well because of their thick coats, but they don't mind cold or damp weather. Barbets love to swim and make wonderful, affectionate companions.


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