Barbet dogThis woolly sporting dog breed is smart and loves fun was bred for recovering waterfowl for hunters. The Barbet dog is a talented swiftness competitor in his native France as well.


Important Stats

Breed Group: Sporting Dogs

Height: 1 foot, 8 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder

Weight: 37 to 62 pounds

Life Span: 13 to 15 years


A relative of the Poodle and Briard, this water dog of French has got the webbed paws and gets down dirty in the tracking of waterfowl, due to which Barbet dog earned the nickname “mud dog”. His real name is Barbe, comes French meaning beard, because of his bearded face.

Having looked at the history reference to this particular breed dog dates way back to 1387, although he might have developed as early as the 8th century. The Barbet served as a water retriever for commoner and royalty alike for many centuries, and his thick waterproof coat assisted him to have a reputation for braving the chilliest water.

Talking about Barbet‘s more retrieving skills, he is cherished for his joyful and his versatility as well as intelligent personality. Barbet dog ranks among the top swiftness breeds in his homeland and loves to chase flying discs and balls as well. The Barbet is rare, with approximately thirty to forty making their home in the United States of America and nearly 600 around the world, but the lovers of the Breed hope others will be sharing their love and affection for this amazingly interesting dog.



At standing 22.5 to 25 inches at the shoulder


20.5 to 24 inches


37 to 62 pounds