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Barbet (Brown, Muzzle)
Brown, Muzzle

Breed Information


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Name Barbet
Other names French Water Dog
Origin France
Breed Group


Gun dog (UKC)

Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 13-15 years







Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm)

Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)

Weight 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg )






Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2500 - $4000 USD

The Barbet is a rare French breed and because of that, finding a breeder can be harder. Be prepared to spend in the neighborhood of $2,500-$4,000, and expect up to a year-long wait in some cases.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesThe most common of these issues are ear infections, a problem in most water dog varieties. Ear problems can be minimized by proper ear care. A veterinarian should be consulted if the dog shows signs of an ear infection. The ear should always be clear of any hair, and inspected very regularly.


3 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Barbet Puppy (Black & White, Muzzle)
Black & White, Muzzle

Barbet Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Max Chloe
03 Cooper Coco
04 Jack Luna
05 Oliver Lulu
06 Tucker Sasha
07 Bentley Zoey
08 Oscar Stella
09 Baxter Roxie
10 Sammy Maddie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Barbet is a medium-sized, balanced dog, with characteristic thick, woolly, fleecy coat, assuring effective protection against cold and humidity. The length of the body, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks, is slightly more than the height at the withers. There is a characteristic beard, which gave the breed its name. The accepted colours of the breed are solid black, brown, fawn, grey, pale fawn, white, or more or less pied. All shades of red-fawn and pale fawn are permitted. The shade should, preferably, be the same as the colour of the body. Grey and white are extremely rare; mixed colours (except with white) are considered a fault. The most common colors are black or brown with white markings. The birth figures worldwide for 2007 are 176. All born were black or brown some with white markings on the chest, chin, and legs.

The Barbet is not aggressive or timid, being docile and very devoted to its master. They are very sociable and fond of the water. The Barbet is essentially a water dog, used for wild fowling. Nevertheless, it has several abilities of a pointer/setter without being a true setter. The breed has no fear of the cold, going into water in all types of weather.


The Barbet is a very old French breed, being the ancestor of numerous modern breeds and types, such as the Poodle, the griffons, the Newfoundland and other water dogs, and the French sheepdog of the Brie region. The breed is a water dog, traditionally used as hunter’s assistant or as a sailor’s companion for fetching at sea. The female gave her name to the Barbette, the cannon posted, in the past, on the bow of ships. The Barbet was also used as a shepherd dog, for driving flocks, and as a companion dog. This is truly a versatile, multi-purpose breed. The Barbet was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.

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