Dog breeds: The Barbet dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: The Barbet dog temperament and personality

The Barbet dog

The Barbet dog is a medium-sized water dog from France. It was bred to retrieve waterfowl, which is testified by his webbed feet. The name “barbet” comes from the French barbe, which means beard. 


To trace the origins of the Barbet dog, we need to go back to 1384 where we find the first written reference of him. However, the breed probably originated in the eighth century. He was bred for the purpose of hunting but also as a companion dog.  

This dog is found in many places throughout history. He has performed many jobs but remains, however, almost unknown. He became almost extinct after WWI. There is a sector of devoted breeders that are trying to surface him back again.

Physical characteristics

The very few Barbet dogs seen in dog shows are black, brown, or black and white.  They are medium-sized dogs and have webbed feet. Male Barbets are from 21 to 25 inches tall and the females are usually 20 to 23 inches tall.  Males can weight between 40 and 60 pounds and the females can reach from 30 to 50 pounds. 


The Barbet dog is playful, joyful, intelligent and obedient. They do great with children and elders. These pooches develop a strong bond with their family and prefer to be close to their family.  

Caring for a Barbet dog

The Barbet dog needs exercise and playing time in order to keep his body and mind healthy. They are calm by nature and easy to live with.  


Barbet dogs are an intelligent breed and are easy to train. They were created for waterfowl hunting and can still perform this job perfectly. They learn very quickly and need to be trained for obedience during their lifetime. 


Due to the rarity of this dog, very little is known about health issues it might present. It is known, though, that they are prone to genetic disease.  This is connected to the fact that they are not very common. Irresponsible people with little knowledge, breed them increasing their potential for genetic disease.

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