Barbet Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Breeds Not AKC Approved
The Barbet dog is a medium-sized French water dog breed. It is classified by Group 8 (flushing dogs. retrievers, water dogs) by Societe Centrale Canine, the French Kennel Club.
The Barbet is an old French water dog, sailor's partner and, reported by some, the foundation for other water dogs like the Portuguese Water Dog and American Water Spaniel. Its name derives from the French term barbe, or beard, in mention of its bearded face. Though nobody knows of course, the Barbet alone could have originated from Briards, Poodles and old Asian and North African herding dogs that made their way to Europe.
The breed is an unusual dog. Most Barbet dogs, particularly those demonstrated in conformation exhibits are totally black, brown, black & white. It's quite common to find a white spot on a paw, chest, or leg of a brown or black coated dog. Creme, Parti and Pied distinctions are born in limited numbers. The dog stands 58 to 65 centimeters for males tall, 52 to 61 for females with a threshold of one centimeter either way. Weight is normally about 17 to 28 kilograms.
The dog is a water dog, having a curly, long and woolly coat. The coat should be groomed frequently, or else the barbet could shed little bunches of hair.
The Barbet's character is identified as companionable, goofy, intelligent, joyful, and obedient. They're quick to learn. They're a great with kids, families, and seniors. They require exercise every day.
Common Health Problems
Some problems that have been identified are epilepsy, hernias, ear infections, hip dysplasia, undescended testicles, and overshot/undershot bites.
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