The barbet is a breed of dog; it is a medium-sized French water dog. It is listed in Group 8 (retrievers, flushing dogs, water dogs) by the SociétéCentrale Canine, the French Kennel Club. The barbet is a rare breed, Most barbets, especially those shown in conformation shows, are entirely black, black and white, or brown.
It is common to see white chest spots and white paws or legs on black or brown coated dogs. Parti, creme, and pied variations are being born but in very limited numbers.The accepted colors 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 color of the body. Grey and white are extremely rare; mixed colors (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 has also worked as sailor’s assistants, much like the Portuguese water dog. It was best known for being a waterfowl retriever in the marshes, wetlands, and estuaries of France.
This is where the expression “muddy as a barbet” came from in the 19th century. Between the late 18th to early 19th centuries, the same dog was known as the barbet in France, the barbone in Italy, and the pudel in Germany; for almost a hundred years the barbet and poodle were considered one and the same.
With the advent of dog shows and selective breeding based purely on aesthetics, the poodle was developed to be more elegant and of a solid color to distinguish it from its more common past. The versatile nature of the Barbet has meant its survival, and many of today’s Barbet still have the assets attributed to them from the past.
Daily brushing and combing is a must to prevent mats from forming. The coat readily picks up burrs, twigs, and leaves, so you may want to have those daily grooming sessions after walks. Some owners clip the coat short to make it easier to maintain.
Our first Barbet litter from Xela of 7, sired by D’Jackson (a male Barbet imported from Belgium), joined the world in 2006. Our second litter of 6 Barbet puppies from Xela was in 2009 was sired by Cinna.
Our third Barbet litter bounded into life in 2011 from Amelia (Barbet Xela x Cinna’s Daughter) and Sir Duke (Jacques – a Canadian male Barbet import living in Connecticut). There were 5 Barbet born. On Thanksgiving 2011 our Cleo (Canadian female Barbet import) had 11 Barbet puppies, sired by Disco, a Finnish import living in Canada.
The day before my birthday on June 7th, 2012 Isis had a litter of 13 Barbet puppies sired by Cinna. The summer of 2013 brought us a litter of 8 Barbet puppies parented by Cleo and Chouffe (a Netherlands Barbet). Our last litter was the summer of 2014 of 9 Barbet sired by Cinna and Isis.