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The Barbet was recognized in Canada in March of 2006 with much hard work by Denyse Rousseau in Quebec, Canada.

Barbet (CKC standard)

Found at www.ckc.ca

Origin & Purpose:

The Barbet is often cited as being one of the oldest of all French breeds when he was simply known as a Waterdog. He may be considered the ancestor of all breeds with long, wooly or curly hair and a direct cousin to the sheepdog like the Briard. He is excellent at waterfowl work, retrieving and is undeterred and unaffected by icy conditions.

General Appearance

A dog of medium size and proportions with characteristic thick woolly, coat and given to waviness which protects him from cold and damp. The coat forms a beard on the chin to which the breed owes its name.
Temperament: Even temperament, neither aggressive nor nervous, tractable. Very devoted to his master. Good mixer. Loves water.
Size: Dogs minimum of 22 inches (58 cm) and Bitches minimum of 20 inches (53 cm) (at withers).

Coat & Colour

Skin: thick.
Coat: long, woolly and curly, forming cords. The coat is profuse and, in its natural state, covers the entire body.  That is a particular breed characteristic.  Since time immemorial, the barbet has been clipped in order to ease his work and lifestyle.  According to how he is used, the barbet can present different appearances.
Colour: solid black, grey, chestnut brown, red fawn, sandy, white or pied.  All shades from red fawn to sandy are permitted.  Preferably the whole body should be in even shade.
Head:
The coat on the head must fall to the bridge of the nose.  The beard is long and ample; the profuse mustache covers the whole muzzle. 
Skull: round and broad.
Stop: pronounced.
Muzzle:quite square. The bridge of nose is broad and short.
Lips: thick, pigmented, completely covered by long hair. The pigmentation of the mucous membranes may be black or brown.
Jaws/Teeth:
jaws of equal length, scissor bite, strong teeth, incisors well developed and well aligned.
Eyes:
round, dark brown.
Ears: set on low (in line with eyes or slightly lower), long, flat, broad, covered by long hair which forms cords.  If the ears are held together across the noseleather, they reach (with the hair) at least 5 cm beyond it. The ear cartilage reaches beyond the corner of the mouth.
Neck: Short and strong

Forequarters

Shoulders: sloping. The scapulo-humeral angle varies from 110 to 115°.
Upper arm: strong and muscular.
Lower arm: straight, strong, perpendicular, completely covered by long hair.  Strong bone structure.

Body

Back: very slightly convex.
Loin: arched, short and strong.
Croup:rounded in profile.
Chest: broad, developed, quite deep, rounded ribcage.

Hindquarters

Upper thigh: slight slope, well muscled.
Hocks: set low. Well angulated.
Metatarsus: well upright.
Feet: round, broad, covered with hair.
Tail: Somewhat raised, yet not above a horizontal line. Set on low, forming a slight hook at the end.

Faults:

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
  • Head fine and narrow; bridge of nose thin and long; lips thin.
  • Light eyes.
  • Ears high set (higher than eye level), thin, short and narrow.
  • Neck long and thin
  • Top line hollow.
  • Loin long and weak.
  • Croup straight.
  • Chest narrow.
  • Tail high set on, curled over back.
  • Lack of tail; stumpy tail.
  • Shoulders upright.
  • Upper arm thin.
  • Lower arm fine boned. Forelegs fringed.
  • Upper thigh flat; hocks straight; hindlegs fringed. Dewclaws.
  • Feet thin and narrow, lacking hair.
  • Skin thin.
  • Overshot or Undershot wry jaw.
  • Coat short, harsh, not woolly, not curly.
  • All colours other than those mentioned in the standard.
Note:  Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Barbet (F.C.I Standard)

Found at www.fci.be/

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (F.C.I.) is a worldwide canine organization with over 80 member countries. Origin: France Translation: Jennifer Mulholland French Water Spaniel (Barbet) Date of publication of original valid standard: 21.02.2006 Utilization: Water dog used for hunting wildfowl. Like all water dogs, the French Water Dog is more than just a retriever; he must search for, locate and flush out the game hiding in the water vegetation. He then retrieves the game shot by his master. Very resistant to cold, he shall go to water in all weather. Classification F.C.I.: Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs. Section 3 Water Dogs With working trial.

Brief Historical Summary

A very ancient breed, common throughout France, used for hunting waterfowl and described or mentioned in several works as early as the 16th century.

General Appearance

Medium proportions, medium size, characterized by a thick, woolly coat which guarantees efficient protection against cold and damp. The coat forms a beard (French barbe) on the chin, which gave the breed its name (Barbet).

Important Proportions

The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull. The length of the body, measured from the point of shoulder to the point of buttock, is slightly more than the height at the withers.

Behaviour/Temperament

Even disposition, very attached to his master, very sociable, loving water even when very cold.

Head

The coat on the skull must fall onto the bridge of the nose. The beard is long and furnished; the mustache entirely covers the bridge of the nose.

Cranial Region

Skull: Rounded and broad.
Stop: Defined.

Facial Region

Nose: Broad, with well opened nostrils; black or brown depending on the colour of the coat.
Muzzle: Quite square. The bridge of the nose is broad.
Lips: Thick, well pigmented and completely covered by long hair. Black or brown edges.
Jaws/teeth: Jaws of equal length. Scissors bite. Strong teeth. Incisors well developed and well aligned.
Eyes: Round, preferably dark brown. The rim of the eyelid is black or brown.
Ears: Set on low (at eye level or slightly lower), long, flat, wide, covered by long hair hanging in strands. When brought together in front of the nose, the ears (including the hair) reach at least 5cms beyond it. The ear cartilage reaches further than the corner of the mouth.

Neck

Short and strong.

Body

Back: Solid with well sustained topline.
Loin: Arched, short and strong.
Croup: Round, seen from the side, in smooth continuation of the line of the loin.
Chest Broad, well developed, deep, reaching the elbow; ribcage rounded but not barrel-like.

Tail

Slightly raised, carried above the horizontal when the dog is in action, low set, forming a slight hook at the tip.

Limbs

Forequarters:
  • Shoulders: Oblique. The scapulo-humeral angle varies between 110° and 115°.
  • Upper arm: Strong and muscular.
  • Lower arm: Straight, strong bone, upright, completely covered by long hair.
Hindquarters:
  • Upper thigh: Slightly oblique, well muscled.
  • Hock: Low, well angulated.
  • Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Upright.
Feet: Round, broad, covered by hair.

Movement/Gait:

Easy movement, the limbs moving in line with the body. Medium length foreleg stride with good thrust from the hindquarters.

Skin:

Relatively thick.

Coat:

Hair: Long, woolly and curly; can form strands. The coat is furnished, covering the whole body in a natural state. This is an essential characteristic of the breed. The French Water Dog may be groomed in a specific manner to accommodate its work and maintenance.
Colour: Solid black, grey, brown, fawn, pale fawn, white or more or less pied. All shades of red-fawn and pale fawn are permitted. The shade should, preferably, be the same as the colour of the body.
Size:
  • Height at the withers in dogs: 58cm – 65cm
  • Height at the withers in bitches: 53cm – 61 cm
  • With a tolerance of +/- 1cm

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
  • Head fine and narrow; bridge of nose thin and long; lips thin.
  • Light eyes.
  • Ears high set (higher than eye level), thin, short and narrow.
  • Neck long and thin.
  • Top line hollow.
  • Loin long and weak.
  • Croup straight.
  • Chest narrow.
  • Tail high set on, curled over back.
  • Lack of tail; stumpy tail.
  • Shoulders upright.
  • Upper arm thin.
  • Lower arm fine boned. Forelegs fringed.
  • Upper thigh flat; hocks straight; hindlegs fringed. Dewclaws.
  • Feet thin and narrow, lacking hair.
  • Skin thin.
  • Overshot or Undershot wry jaw.
  • Coat short, harsh, not woolly, not curly.
  • All colours other than those mentioned in the standard.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Eliminating Faults: Aggressive or overly shy. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.