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COATCARE One of the reasons we love the Barbet is the coat. Not only the fact that it doesn’t shed and is good for sensitive skin but also the look and feel of it. We love Alba’s loose curly coat! Every Barbet has a different coat and every owner will have a different grooming routine. Every dog will have a certain length at which the coat is easiest to manage for its groomer. However, the Barbet is essentially a long-haired breed as the Standard clearly describes. We don’t believe in shaving off the coat completely every few weeks/months to make the upkeep of your dog easy. If you don’t want to take care of the coat: buy a short haired breed! I hear and read often ‘the shorter the coat the easier to manage’. This is probably true for most dogs, but Alba’s coat is easiest to manage if it is not too short. The shorter bits knot more easily and half the forest seems to get stuck in there. In her longer coat she does collect leaves and sticks but most will fall out before we arrive back  home. In this breed there is no ‘showcoat’ vs. ‘sportcoat’. If you want to show your dog, it is normal to show your dog with 8 - 10 cm of hair. That way, the judge can form an opinion of your dogs coat. Our grooming routine with Alba is once every 1, 5 - 2 weeks as her coat is easy to groom and doesn’t knot easily. A full grooming session takes us about 2 hours. In general you can say that you have to brush your Barbet once every week. This way you keep up with any knots forming. To learn how to brush your dog properly, your breeder can advise and show you. There’s also the possibility to do a workshop at some groomers’.  Though the Barbet is a non-shedding breed, you will find that the undercoat comes loose now and then. If you don’t brush your dog enough, little knots of under-wool will form in his coat which he will scratch out. About 2 times a year Alba looses more undercoat, before and after the winter. A big grooming session (spread over a few days mostly) usually takes care of the extra loose wool. Grooming for us is brushing the coat but also: clipping the nails, cutting away the hair underneath the feet, cleaning the ears and taking out hair every now and then, cleaning the teeth if necessary, etc. Grooming-time is quality time and though of course it is sometimes unpleasant for the dog (when brushing out a particular nasty knot for example) you should make it a nice experience in general. The tools we use to groom our dogs: Les Pooch brush(es) Broad comb Maxipin brush Other useful tools: Waterblower: a very easy machine to dry and clean your dog after a wet walk or a wash. A great investment! Nail clippers Nail file Small scissor to cut the hair underneath the feet De-wooler (only if you know how to use it) Depending on how long you like the coat and what your capabilities are in keeping it on the preferred length yourself, you should find a groomer in your area who knows how to cut a Barbet. Count on a visit every 2 to 3 months to keep your dogs coat in shape. If you want to cut your Barbet yourself, you’ll need scissors and if you wish a shaving machine. Again, a workshop is advisable.
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