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This medium-large sized dog is sturdily built with a square outline and a thick protective coat. The coat is a defining characteristic of the breed, being profuse, water resistant and covering the whole body evenly with thick, natural curls. The skin should be tight, and the curls range from large and loose to small and tight. They have an attractive, rustic appearance due to the shaggy head and soft, dropped ears.

13 - 15 years
14 - 28kg
53 - 65cm
All shades of black, grey, brown and fawn, with or without white, solid white, and white with markings in one of these colours
Kennel Club group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Barbet dog breed can be prone to: 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Fun loving, eager to work and to please, joyous and occasionally comical, the Barbet is a delight to spend time with and train with, if you enjoy training and gundog type activities. They are something of a mud magnet, and really enjoy active walks, swimming, retrieving from water and so will suit an owner who enjoys training and grooming their dog. Good with children and other animals if socialised and raised correctly, they are friendly and gregarious, so will need regularly training to remind them of polite manners.

Did You Know?

  • The Barbet (pronounced ‘Bar-bay’) almost became extinct after the Second World War, but has been brought back to popularity by dedicated breeders across Europe.
  • As water retrieval dogs, they have long curly fur that keeps them warm and buoyant in the water, and webbed feet to help them swim!
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