Francia FCI 105 - French water dog


The Barbet they prefer to be in the same room with the family at all times



The Barbet (Perro de Agua Francés) It is a French breed of dog of medium size water.

This dog of waters is a rare species. Almost everyone has heard of races as the Poodle, Griffon and the Bichon Frise … have you ever wondered where all these races come from?? Your answer is the following … all came from the Barbet, or as some known, the French water dog. Now, where does the French water dog come from?? Well, that is a question for which no one has a definite answer, but there are a lot of conjectures.

Some people say that the dog of the Barbet is a descendant of the original Griffon, others say it came from the Bergamasco they were brought from Asia, When was Europe invaded, others say that the Barbet came from North Africa, travelling through Spain to install on France, people say that, Although the French water dog is not the source of all water dogs, It is very likely that it was close to the original type.

The reality is that the Barbet has been in Europe for centuries, There are even writings about him, from the Elizabethan era describing the Barbet and the type of care necessary to keep your hair healthy.

Alternative names: Barbet / French Water Dog / Französischer Wasserhund

Group 8 / Section 3 – Water Dogs

Physical characteristics

Compact and robust, with good muscles and bones in relation to the volume of your body. The eyes are round, living with an expression that denotes intelligence.

Morphologically is classified as bracoide, head approaching the form primástica, with the wide snout at the same end than at the base and separated from the front by a depression or Groove very marked, gachas ears, long and hanging lips, with highlight of the higher above the level of the mandible.

The standard of the race measured between 58 and 65 cm for the male; and 52 a 61 cm for the female and a weight of between 17 and 28 kg . The barbet is the prototype of water dog with woolly hairs, long, curly. The accepted colors by the FCI they are pure black, brown, cervato, clear and grey cervato.

Character and skills

The Barbet was used as a water dog (as its name implies) was a great dog collector for hunting in marshy areas.

This dog has been used by farmers for grazing, but that's not all, This dog, the Barbet also frequented port areas to be friend and fellow sailors. A very versatile breed.

  • Personality Barbet It is accompanying, joyful, salty, obedient and intelligent. They are quick to learn and need training to obey. You are very kind with children, families and older people.

The Barbet prefer to be in the same room with the family at all times. They need daily exercise to keep your body and mental state in a healthy state.

The average lifespan of the Barbet is of 13 a 15 years, knowing some case that has come to live 19 years.

Images Barbet

Vídeos Barbet

Alternative names

    1. Barbet, French water dog (English).
    2. Barbet, chien d’eau français (French).
    3. Barbet, Französischer Wasserhund (German).
    4. Barbet, cão d’água francês (Portuguese).
    5. Barbet, Perro de aguas francés (Spanish).


– Grupo FCI 8, Section 3
– Recognized by the federations : FCI , ​CKC , UKC

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