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THE BREED HISTORY The Barbet is a very old breed and as with many old breeds the origins are not completely clear. It is said the breed was around much longer, but got his name in the 16th century. There are several drawings and paintings from that time where a dog very similar to the Barbet is pictured. The Barbet has always been used as a hunting-dog, trained to retrieve shot birds and game. However, the Barbet is also mentioned as a herding- and guard dog. This is not surprising as it was the dog for the people, who did not have money or food enough to keep dogs for every task. A lot of the breeds we know now are said to be descendants of the Barbet. The Poodle is the most well-known but several herding breeds and even Griffons are said to be (partly) created by Barbet-blood. During the 19th century the breed was rare, some even say extinct. In the recent history the breed has been bred back using several breeds and dogs of unknown origin. Nowadays the Barbet has a growing group of devoted breeders and owners which will hopefully get the breed into more calm waters. The breed is relatively healthy. Most Barbets live a long live without many problems. Health problems for which breeding stock is tested are Hip dysplasia and eye problems (entropion). Epilepsy sometimes occurs in the breed, research is being done in Finland which will hopefully help to understand how this horrible condition can be eradicated. For more versions of the breeds’ history and the more recent history, have a look in our links-section where you will find lots of links to other breeders and lovers websites. A lot has been written about the breed and its origin. Although we feel history is important, we will not try to write down our own version of all that happened. Although keeping in mind the history and original function of the breed, we prefer to concentrate on the current population and figure out how we can help the breed made to last. CHARACTER The character is that of a family dog, the Barbet is a social dog who is very attached to his owners. When raising a Barbet, remember to stick to your ground rules but don’t be overly firm. The Barbet is a sensitive soul and will not easily forget if you treat him roughly. Most Barbets are not great guard dogs and will not bark at everything. It’s an easy to train breed who loves to work. Whatever sport you want to try, the Barbet will be happy to try with you! A Barbet does have a mind of its own and will only work wíth you. Don’t expect him to do everything you ask him to do and avoid monotonous work. Barbets are active dogs and need their exercise outside. If the normal routine gives your Barbet enough exercise, he will not complain if there’s a bit more down-time now and again. At home Barbets are relaxed and calm. We love the happy character and the always sunny disposition. Alba is never in a bad mood and not a day goes by without her making us laugh! THE COAT One of the reasons the Barbets is getting more well known is its coat. Some call it hypo-allergenic. This is a term from the commercial Doodle marketing strategy, pretending to have the only dog (or as they insist, breed) that doesn't shed and doesn't cause people with allergies problems. While it is true this type of coat is better to handle for a lot of allergic people, there's no such thing as a hypo-allergenic coat and I don't like to use this (misleading and incorrect) term. The reason the coat of the Barbet, and many other breeds including the Waterdogs, doesn't cause a reaction with allergic people is because they don't shed as 'normal' breeds do. They do loose undercoat (wool) but any wool and skin cells stay in the coat. This automatically means the coat does require frequent care! While most allergic people can even groom their own Barbet, some do react while grooming the dog. If there's no non-allergic family-member who can groom the dog, it's wise to pay someone to do so. For more information about coat care, see the Food and Care pages.
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