Meet the Breed: The Barbet
The Barbet is a medium-sized dog with a fluffy, curly coat that is weather and water resistant. Coat color may be solid black, brown, fawn, grey or white. There may be white spotting. The most common colors are black or brown with occasional white markings. Some may even appear almost pied. The length is slightly longer than he is tall at the withers. The skull is rounded and broad and the stop is defined. The muzzle is squared, broad, well mustached and bearded. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The eyes are dark brown. The ears are long and set low at eye level or lower. The neck is short and strong. The topline is level. The chest is deep and rounded. The tail is set low and curves up slightly at the end.
The Barbet is an ancient hunting dog that was used by nobles. Though the Barbet is few in number, the breed was the foundation for many modern breeds including all of the water dogs (the Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, American Water Spaniel, etc.) The Barbet nearly became extinct with the World Wars but dedicated breeders saved them. It is still a very rare breed. The French word for beard is "barb" and that is where the breed gets its name.
The Barbet has an even disposition, is very attached to his master, very sociable, and loves water even when it's very cold.
Breed Club Links: Barbet Club of America
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