- Full Name
- Alternate Names
- French Water Dog, Perro de Agua Frances
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- Life Span
- 13 – 15 years
- 40 - 65 pounds
The ultimate water dog, the Barbet is commonly even referred to simply as "French Water Dog". It is of the "retriever" sub-group, and much like a labrador or golden retriever will have a natural tendency to love playing fetch. They were originally bred as a hunting dog, particularly for duck or other animals that required "fetching" from the water.
The Barbet is a medium to high-energy dog and needs daily walking and exercise to stay in its prime state. It enjoys being in the presence of its owner at all times and does not do so well when left alone for long periods.
Like the poodle, the Barbet is hypoallergenic and does not shed so much. The Barbet can be an excellent alternative to a Labradoodle, especially for an owner who is willing to give the Barbet the exercise (preferably involving the water) that they require.
- Bred For
- Hunting water game
- Family Considerations
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Barbet good with children?
Is the Barbet friendly with strangers?
Is the Barbet friendly with other dogs?
Does the Barbet like to cuddle?
Does the Barbet like to play?
Does the Barbet make a good service dog?
Is the Barbet good for first-time owners?
How well can the Barbet be trained?
Does the Barbet shed a lot?
Is the Barbet easy to groom?
Does the Barbet need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Barbet?
How much does the Barbet bark? Does the Barbet bark too much?
Is the Barbet a good guard dog?
Is the Barbet good at staying alone? Is the Barbet independent?
Is the Barbet a good apartment dog?
How big is the Barbet?
How much does the Barbet tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Barbet?
How much does the Barbet tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Barbet?
Does the Barbet try to run away?
Is the Barbet a healthy dog? The health of a Barbet should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Barbet?
How much does the Barbet drool?
Does the Barbet have a large prey drive? Does the Barbet like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?
Is the Barbet atheltic?
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