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Bred by: RoVer Barbets
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Group: Sporting Dog Group

Origin: France


    – Males: 23 1/2 inches
    – Females: 21 1/2 inches

Other Names: French Water Dog

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Breed Profile

The Barbet is an ancient French breed who is ancestor to many of the breeds recognized around the world today, including the Poodle.

The Barbet is gentle, loyal, playful and friendly. He has a wonderful temperament, neither fearful nor aggressive. Although essentially a water dog, the Barbet also has the abilities of a pointer and setter. A very versatile and intelligent breed, the Barbet works as a gun dog for waterfowl, a herding dog, and a companion who excels in many dog sports and activities.

Of medium-size, the Barbet has a distinctive thick, wooly coat along with a beard which gave the breed his name (“barbe” is french for “beard”).

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Barbet, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)

Recommended Health Screening:

For the Barbet, the CHICNote 1 database includes health screenings for the following:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia;
  • Eye Examination by a board Ophthalmologist at a minimum of 12 months of age and CERF eye exam is recommended prior to breeding
  • AKC or UKC DNA profile is listed as optional

Additional Health Resources:


Breed Standards


Grooming Information

The Barbet puppy’s coat is often wavy and fine. The adult’s coat is somewhat similar to that of a Poodle but much thicker and curlier with a wool-like texture. To keep the coat clean and free from mats, daily brushing is required.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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