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Barbet Home country: France

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This breed got its name from its bearded face. The Barbet is a very powerful, sturdy and energetic dog that handles the cold and being in water very well thanks to its thick coat.



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The Barbet is a dog of medium proportions, medium height and distinct with its thick main of woolly hair that guards them from the cold and the humidity. This French dog''s hair forms a beard at the chin, which is where its name came from ("barbe" is French for beard).

This dog breed was already known in the Middle Ages but it was called a water dog. They appear in several drawings from the 16th century and were best known for hunting ducks and swans. One was used by Spallanzani in 1779 to carry out the first successful artificial insemination. This dog is at the root of long-haired (more or less woolly or curly) dogs, like the Poodle and the Bichon Frise. They nearly disappeared at the end of the 19th century because they were only used by poachers and peasants. They are still rare today. The Barbet is currently used as a hunting dog, pet or working dog (guide dog). They can also be used as sheepdogs to look after herds.

From France, this water dog is listed in Group 8 (retrievers, flushing dogs, water dogs) by the French Kennel Club. With its height of 21 inches minimum for the males and 20 inches for females, and a weight that varies between 44 and 55 pounds, they are in the medium-sized dog category. The coat can be a solid color - gray, brown, fawn, sand, white or pied, but most often, they are black. The hair is long, woolly and curly. The Barbet must be regularly groomed to avoid getting tangled up clumps of hair. The dog''s head is round with a marked stop, a short nose and a square muzzle. Its eyes are round, brown and hidden by the hair on its face. The low-set ears are droopy and large. The body is powerful with a well-developed chest. Its legs are strong and muscular and supported by thick bones. Its tail is low-set and a little bit lifted.

Very powerful, rustic and sturdy, the Barbet can withstand cold and humidity thanks to its main of hair. They swim well and enjoy it - even in very cold water. They have a developed sense of smell and they are good at retrieving and walking softly and so are great at waterfowl hunting. This dog is balanced, affectionate and sweet, which makes them excellent companions. They get very attached to their masters and are very friendly. This dog can live in a city given that they are regularly taken out for walks so that they can burn up their energy. However, you should know that their thick coat means that they can''t handle heat very well.

In literature, the Devil takes the form of a black Barbaret when he meets Faust. Goethe also chose this dog to embody the promise of absolute knowledge and the power of seduction.
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