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"Praised for its intelligence, versatility and zest for life, the Barbet is perhaps a gem of a purebred dog that is as yet undiscovered by many." Christi McDonald, Best In Show Daily


The Barbet is currently one of the dog world's best kept secrets. They are a medium sized, non-shedding, relatively healthy, sane, trainable, rare and fun breed. They are similar to the Portuguese Water Dog, but are less intense. Temperament is outstanding on the Barbet. They are anxious to hike, play ball, learn agility, or hang out around the house, as long as they are near someone who loves them. They get along great in a crowd or alone. Their sweet, goofy, somewhat cartoonish appearance always brings out a smile. In fact, the Barbet has all of the attributes that people seek in the Labradoodle, but in a pedigreed, registered, health-tested, time-honored package. Covered in his hallmark long, curly hair, the Barbet requires lifelong consistent grooming and an owner who enjoys caring for the coat. Dog Fancy magazine profiled the breed in it's June 2013 issue. Currently there are approximately 450 Barbet in the United States. They are very rare, and litters don't happen very often.

AKC Barbet Standard - The blueprint for the ideal American Barbet

Barbet FAQ - A quick paper on getting to know the Barbet


Barbet article - ShowSight Dog Magazine 2017

Best in Show Daily feature

Wall Street Journal Barbet front page article

Interpreting the Numbers - Confused about CHIC, OFA, CERF, and COI? You won't be after you read this article!

Read this first hand account of the Barbet breeder search from one of our puppy families

Puppy Buyer Etiquette - A lighthearted look at the process of buying a rare breed.

How To Select the Right Breeder of Your Barbet - Learn what to look for in a breeder and what questions to ask when searching for the ideal puppy.