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The Barbet, a dog with a disheveled look

The Barbet's disheveled look is its charm. Beyond his atypical aspect, he also stands out by his attraction for water. It is simple, if it sees a pond or a marsh, it will not be able to prevent itself from making a small bathe. In family, it has an exemplary character, because it is an attentive, soft and faithful animal.

Characteristics of the Barbet

One thing is certain: wherever he goes, this dog does not go unnoticed. Its peculiar coat makes it recognizable among thousands. But before we talk about that, let's first talk about its general morphology. This breed is rather large since it measures between 53 and 65 cm for a weight oscillating between 20 and 25 kg. Rather long, its body being able to be inscribed in a triangle is stocky, but well proportioned. The Barbet has a head with a round aspect which is entirely covered with hair with a moustache and a long beard. In addition to the marked stop, the brown nose is large. The eyes are also dark brown and round. As for the ears, they are long, wide, flat and carried low. As mentioned above, the Barbet is distinguished by its curly and woolly hair forming strands. The coat being well furnished, it protects the dog against the fall of temperature. The coat can be of any color: white, black, brown, sand, fawn and shades of fawn and sand.

History of the Barbet breed

The true origins of the Barbet are not known exactly. Its history is still debated among dog lovers. It is said that it would come from North Africa towards the VIIth century and would have then put the paw in Europe in particular in the Iberian regions. It is there that he would have been crossed with water dogs. It arrived on French territory around 1860 and was present in farms. It is also said to be the ancestor of the Poodle, the Briard, the Griffon and many other breeds. Its recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) dates back to 1954.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Barbet

The Barbet is the best dog you can dream of welcoming into your family. It is an active, sociable and gentle animal. At home, it is quiet and calm. It is also loyal to its owner and shows great affection. During your walks, do not be surprised if he starts to dive into a lake or a pond. This water dog is an outstanding swimmer. That's why he prefers life in the country where there are more water areas. Moreover, being athletic, it will take advantage of the great outdoors to let off steam.

Diet and main health problems of the Barbet

The Barbet is a rustic dog and especially of a robustness to any test. It is rarely a victim of diseases. However, it is advisable to watch the luxation of the patella, the dysplasia of the hip and the dental worries. Its coat should be maintained with care, as the hair can pick up bad smells.

As for food, this dog is not very demanding. You can give him good quality kibbles and pate.