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Barbets are even-tempered, very sociable and very fond of their master or mistress.

About the Barbet

Like all water dogs, Barbets, which are used to hunt wildfowl, are more than simply retrievers. They will locate and flush out game hiding in water vegetation, retrieving it after it has been shot.

They are not afraid of the cold and will enter the water regardless of the weather. Their favorite medium is water which they are wont to splash around in for work or for pleasure.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 8, AKC Miscellaneous Class
Size category
Avg life expectancy
13–15 years

Sociable / Loving / Resilient

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Enjoys training

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