Learn About The Barbet

"Praised for its intelligence, versatility and zest for life, the Barbet is perhaps a gem of a purebred dog that is as yet undiscovered by many." Christi McDonald, Best In Show Daily

The Barbet is currently one of the dog world's Best Kept Secrets. They are a medium sized, non-shedding, relatively healthy, sane, trainable, rare and fun breed. They are similar to the Portuguese Water Dog, but are less intense. They are similar to the Lagotto and Spanish Water Dog, but are said to be much more affable. Temperament is outstanding on the Barbet. They are anxious to hike, play ball, learn agility, or hang out around the house, as long as they are near someone who loves them. They get along great in a crowd or alone. Their sweet, goofy, somewhat cartoonish appearance always brings out a smile. In fact, the Barbet has all of the attributes that people seek in the Labradoodle, but in a pedigreed, registered, health-tested, time-honored package. Dog Fancy magazine profiled the breed in it's June 2013 issue. Currently there are approximately 600 Barbet in the United States. They are very rare, and litters don't happen very often.

AKC Barbet Standard - The blueprint for the ideal American Barbet

Barbet FAQ - A quick paper on getting to know the Barbet

Pure Dog Talk Podcast with Judy Descutner

Canine Chronicle - 2019 Barbet article written by Judy Descutner

ShowSight Magazine - 2017 Barbet Feature, page 263, written by Judy Descutner

Wall Street Journal Barbet front page article

Interpreting the Numbers - Confused about CHIC, OFA, CERF, and COI? You won't be after you read this article!

Read this first hand account of the Barbet breeder search from one of our puppy families

Puppy Buyer Ettiquette - A lighthearted look at the process of buying a rare breed.

How To Select the Right Breeder of Your Barbet - Learn what to look for in a breeder and what questions to ask when searching for the ideal puppy.

Member of:

Barbet Club of America
Immediate Past President

United Barbet Club
Vice President

Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association
AKC Delegate

Claire & Solene

Claire wins a Group 2 with Isabel

First Best in Show in North America for any Barbet

4 months

Eyewitness Handbook of Dogs, DK Publishing, David Alderton 1993

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