General Information

Dog NameBarbet
Other NamesFrench Water Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeWaterdog
Country of OriginFrance

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male16
Max Ideal Weight for male23
Min Ideal Weight for female15
Max Ideal Weight for male23


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentFriendly, Intelligent, Versatile
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginFrance
Nicknames and Other NamesFrench Water Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeWaterdog
Bred ForHunting water games
Recognized ByFCI, UKC, CKC, AKC
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal WeightMale: 37-65 pounds
Female: 31-51 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 23-26 inches
Female: 21-24 inches
Fur TypeDense curly coat
Common ColorsBlack, White, Brown, Gray, Fawn
MarkingsBrown, Gray, Black, White, Fawn
AchievementsWinning Hunting Retriever certificate
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToPortuguese Water Dog

The Barbet is and ancient and rare water dog and was first originated in France. They are extremely friendly, playful active breed and are always up for a new adventure.

The Barbet are medium sized dogs who stands up to 20-25 inches tall which range from 37-62 pounds. Barbet are dogs with long tail which are not carried over its back, with body full of beard.

Origin and History

This extremely rare breed has an unsure history. They are considered to be the ancestors of Poodle, Griffon. Otterhound, and many other breeds. This breed was originated in France and recently known as french water dog. They were bred for hunting water game.

The breed nearly went to extinct after the World wars I and II, but luckily a devoted group of breeders helped to keep the presence of the historical dog alive. And now in recent generation they are less common. We can see there are only 30-40 Barbets in US.

Are they Child Friendly?

Barbets are friendly and affectionate towards children of any age groups. But if the child tries pull his tail or disturbs him when he is not in the mood of playing than they may get little aggressive.

So, it is important to supervise your child while interacting with Barbet, because you may never know who crossed the limit. You need to set limits for both of them so that every one can enjoy life under one roof.

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

The Barbet is an intelligent and friendly dog with a friendly and fun- loving personality. They are well known to be joyful, obedient and intellectually bright. They are very companionable by nature which makes them excellent breed for seniors and families with children.

Barbets are easy going and interact well with other pets. They tend to have a close relationship with his family members and like to be involved in family activities all the time.

Barbet are also known as water dogs
Barbet dogs.
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These versatile dogs are more and more used in treating a patient and caring for disabled and blind people as they are smart, impulsive and willing to work with people.

To keep your Barbet away from behavioral problems, you need to engage them with consistent training and play plenty of games. Typically this breed does very well in obedience and training. Overall they can be an amazing companion for a family.


Training a Barbet is quite easy, as they are very intelligent and eager to please dog. Unlike other dogs, this breed doesn’t tend to be dominant or headstrong.

To keep your Barbet away from behavioral problems, such as excessive chewing or barking you need to engage them in consistent training and play plenty of games . Along with that socialization is also very important, especially when they are young, to make sure he remains friendly around strangers and other pets.

Facts About

Interesting Facts about Barbet Dog Breed:

  • Barbet belongs to sporting group
  • The word “Barbet” comes from the French word “Barbe” which means beard.
  • Barbet is pronounced as ” Bar-Bay”
  • They need daily grooming.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Epilepsy, Ear Infection,
Hernia, Elbow Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
SheddingNone to Minimal Shedding
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein- 18%
Fat- 5%
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid

Barbets are generally health dogs with an average lifespan of 12-15 years . Few health problems of Barbets are:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems (entropion, cataracts)
  • Epilepsy.

Coat Colors

Barbet Dog Breeds are of six colors –

  • Solid Black
  • Grey
  • Chestnut Brown
  • Fawn
  • Pale Fawn
  • White

Price Of Barbet Puppies

If you are willing to have Barbet puppy than you should budget anywhere $2,500 or even more for a Barbet with top breed lines and superior pedigree.

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