Original Name : Barbet
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 22¾-25½ inches
Female size : 21-24 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Barbets are even-tempered, very sociable and very fond of their master or mistress. Their favorite medium is water, even when it is cold, which they are wont to splash around in for work or for pleasure.
Hair falls onto the bridge of the nose, long, well furnished beard, very abundant mustache covering the bridge of the nose.
Solid back with well sustained topline, short, strong, arched loins, rounded croup as viewed from the side, harmoniously prolonging the line of the loins, broad, deep chest.
Solid black, gray, brown, fawn, pale fawn, white or more or less pied.
Long, flat, broad and covered with long hair forming strands.
Raised slightly, carried above the topline in action, set low, forming a gentle hook at the tip.
Long, wooly, curly, sometimes forming strands, furnished, naturally covering the whole body.
This very old breed, common throughout France where it was used to hunt waterfowl, is described in several different sources as early as the 16th century. Barbets are medium-sized dogs with a thick woolly coat that protects them from cold and humidity. The breed gets its name from its distinctive facial furniture, as “barbe” is French for beard.
Like all waterdogs, Barbets, which are used to hunt wildfowl, are more than simply retrievers. They will locate and flush out game hiding in water vegetation, retrieving it after it has been shot. They are not afraid of the cold, entering the water regardless of the weather.