The Barbet is a very versatile French water dog, able to turn it's paw to gundog work, agility, therapy work, truffling, showing and more.
The name is pronounced 'bar bay' with an ending similar to 'ballet'. It is a medium / large dog with a thick curly coat with a distinctive 'beard' (barbe is the french word for beard). They come in black, solid brown or either colour mixed with white.
Barbet's intelligence and their attachment to their owners mean they dislike being left alone for too long, but they are even tempered and generally not aggressive or shy with either people or dogs.
They have a non moulting coat so are good for allergy sufferers, although they do tend to have a love of water so still need time to keep the coat clean!
They are generally very healthy and do not suffer any prevalent inherited conditions.