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Likely one of the original retrievers, like the Poodle, that figured into many of the modern day Retriever breeds. Fondly referred to as the "Mud Dog" in its home country of France, it possessed many desirable hunting qualities including a good nose but lacked the elegance and sleekness of the Pointer. Built heavily and with a heavier coat still, it is well prepared for long cold days on the marshes. Similar to the other old water dog breed of Europe, the Irish Water Spaniel, he is referred to as intelligent and playful.
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General Information
Group(s): SportingRetriever Height: 18-22 inches
Weight: 33-55 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: black, fawn, gray or chesnut with white markings acceptable Coat type: thick, long, tassled, shaggy and curly
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Solidly and ruggedly built dog with mass of hair. Grooming would be regular and ongoing.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: good
  with Children: good
  with other pets: good
  with dogs: good
Socialization requirements: relatively high
Ideal home characteristics: active family life that allowed for exercise
Temperament Notes: happy, intelligent and playful
Training requirement: highly beneficial as dogs with working roots tend to require a job
Trainer notes: Generally easily motivated by play, like most Sporting breeds also has well developed food drives. With solid socialization and manners/routine, this dog would be well suited for any endeavor someone might wish to pursue in a training venture.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1600s or earlier
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Gun Dog
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Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Barbet?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you seek in your breeding stock?
  • How would you describe the ideal Barbet?
  • What would you consider the single most important characteristic in a Barbet?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their new homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal home for a Barbet?
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Breed standard: - Standard of the Barbet

Breeder Ethics: - Breeder Code of Ethics

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