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Barbet breed is originally from France. Also known as French Water Dog.

Table of contents:
  1. Breed information
  2. Barbet breed image
  3. Pros and Cons
  4. Breed Characteristics
  5. Video about Barbet
  6. Questions and answers

Breed information

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Name Barbet
Other names French Water Dog
From country France
Breed groups Gun Dog (UKC)
Type Purebred
Size Medium, Large, Giant
Life span 13 - 15 years
Temperament companionable,cheerful,intelligent,joyful,obedient
Height female 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)
Height male 23–26 inches (58–65 cm)
Weight female 31-51 pounds (14-23 kg)
Weight male 37-62 pounds (17-28 kg)
Colors black,brown,fawn,gray,white
Litter Size 4 - 6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $2500 - $2800 USD

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Barbet Pros and Cons

There are 6 pros and 1 cons of owning Barbet.

Pros πŸ‘ Cons πŸ‘Ž
Kid-friendly Difficult to groom
Doesn't shed much
Normally doesn't have problems with health
High intelligence

Breed Characteristics

Sensitivity Level

High-sensitivity dogs can take some of the owner's actions close to the heart. If you shout too loudly at the dog, ignore the dog or your kid pulls its tail It may take offense. Low sensitivity dogs or "tolerant" dogs take it easier. If you are an emotional person, too busy, sometimes ignore the dog, have young kids, then we don't recommend taking a high-sensitivity dog.


Kid-friendly dogs are tolerant to kid's behavior like hugs and attempts to saddle and other "games". It behaves kindly to kids. A no-kid-friendly dog doesn't tolerate such an attitude. You need to know that it's possible to teach dogs of any breed to be kid-friendly. But anyway You mustn't leave the kid and dog alone!

Dog Friendly

Dog-friendly characteristics highly depend on dog socialization, breed isn't the only factor. Dogs with high friendliness will play with other dogs or just be calm. Low-friendly dogs will try to fight, bark or run away.

Friendly Toward Strangers
Everyone Is My Best Friend

The stranger-friendly dog will show nice behavior when your friends or visitors come to you. No stranger-friendly breed can be aggressive and attack them. Others will be shy or even afraid of your guests. But anyway if your dog has got good socialization lessons It will be stranger-friendly no matter what breed. And also if you have found that breed has a five-star rating of Stranger-friendly and you are not going to train this dog It can be aggressive to your visitors.

Amount Of Shedding
No Shedding
Hair Everywhere

Dogs tend to shed, and it is completely normal for a certain amount of dog hair to end up either on your clothes or inside your house. Importantly, the amount of shedding differs from breed to breed. For example, some dogs shed throughout the year, others shed at key seasonal times, and some may do a little bit of both. However, some dogs barely shed at all. Depending on your preferences and standards, be sure to pick a dog breed with this in mind.

Easy To Groom

It is important to remember that some dog breeds require more maintenance than others. While some can be brushed on the go, other breeds may benefit from regular clipping, grooming, and bathing. Assessing how much time and money you are willing to spend on maintenance needs is certainly something to consider.

General Health
Need more attention to health
Healthy as an ox

Some dogs are victims of irresponsible breeding practices, and this may cause them health problems down the road. One example of this is hip dysplasia, which is a genetic health problem. However, keep in mind that not every dog will develop these issues, although they are more likely to. If you decide to adopt a puppy, it is best to find out about any genetic illness that may be associated with its breed. For more information, you may also wish to consult with a shelter or rescue that can supply you with the knowledge of the physical health of the puppy’s parents or siblings.

Easy To Train
Eager to Please

Interestingly, some dog breeds are easier to train than others. For example, select breeds may form a greater number of associations between words (β€œstay”), actions (staying), and outcomes (receiving a reward). Others may take more time and attention to train. Dogs are extremely intelligent but may want to know what is in it for them if they comply with your request. This is where games and rewards may come in handy.


Certain dog breeds are adept at specific jobs. For example, a dog that is bred for its intelligence, concentration, and quick decision-making may be used to successfully herd livestock and need more mental stimulation than a dog that is bred to be a runner and needs more physical exercise. Knowing your dog’s needs helps you know how to keep them properly engaged and out of mischief (such as chewing and digging). Examples include interactive toys and activities, including obedience training for those who need mental engagement, as well as search and rescue activities for those who are meant to be more active and employ their keen senses.

Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Only To Alert
Avid singer

It is important to note that vocalization differs among dog breeds. Some are more vocal, and all of them bark and howl with different pitches. One example to consider is a hound. Would the pitch of their barking and howling get on your nerves or would you think it was somewhat musical? Is your dog breed notorious for hunting and would constantly chase and howl at nearby wildlife? If your dog is more alert and makes a good watchdog, will it bark at everyone it meets? These are some elements to consider when choosing a dog breed, as well as whether you have neighbors, or any noise restrictions are in place.

Energy Level
Couch Potato
High Energy

Dogs who have a lot of energy may have been bred for certain jobs, including herding livestock or retrieving game for hunters. Therefore, they will need quite a bit of interaction and exercise. They will be more energetic and probably engage in activities like playing, running, tumbling, and checking out new smells and sights. Conversely, other breeds may be low-energy and like to lounge on the couch with you, nap, and watch Netflix. Whichever dog breed you choose, simply consider what your own activity level and lifestyle are like and pick a dog breed that suits it.

Exercise Needs
Need a lot

Different dog breeds require different levels of exercise. Some may be content with a leisurely stroll in the evening, and other breeds may want to make several vigorous laps around the block. Depending on what they were bred to do, such as hunt or herd, their energy levels will match those activities. Dogs who are high-energy and do not have enough exercise might gain weight and engage in behaviors such as digging, chewing, and barking. High-energy dogs will likely match the best with individuals who are active and love the outdoors or are interested in training their dog for competitions.

Potential For Playfulness
Only When You Want To Play

Personalities of dog breeds vary widely. Some are always up for playing and stay in a puppy state of mind. Other breeds tend to be more serious and enjoy their downtime. It is best for individuals to consider whether the thought of a playful puppy is exciting or whether they mainly just want a couch companion. Other factors to consider include whether you have children or additional pets. Another option is adopting a dog that is a bit older and less demanding but still enjoys interacting and playing.

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Questions and answers about Barbet

What is the life expectancy of a Barbet?

The average life expectancy of a Barbet is between 13 - 15 years.

How many dogs are born in a Barbet litter?

If your Barbet is pregnant, it is safe to assume that litter can have anywhere from 4 to 6 puppies.

Barbet Prices: How much do they cost?

If you purchase Barbet from a breeder it can be much more expensive than a shelter. A purebred Barbet costs between US$ 2500 and US$ 2800 from a reputable breeder, but there are several advantages to doing so. First, a breeder will usually allow you to meet the parents to get a good idea about what the puppy will look like and behave. You will also see if the parents have any health problems. Breeders will also supply you with paperwork that documents your pet’s lineage.

Is Barbet popular in USA?

Barbet has a low level of popularity in the country. Barbet have got #145 popularity rank in 2020, #148 in 2021 and #147 in 2022 by American Kennel Club (AKC).

Are Barbet hypoallergenic?

Yes, Barbet dogs are considered hypoallergenic. They have hair instead of fur, which means they do not shed as much as other breeds and produce less dander, the primary cause of pet allergies. However, it's worth noting that no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, and people with severe allergies may still react to Barbet. If you are allergic to dogs, it's always a good idea to spend time with a Barbet before bringing one home to see if you have any allergic reactions.

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