Barbet

Barbet

Barbet

The Barbet is an active, medium-sized French water dog. They enjoy work as well as play, and often do very well in sports. They are known for being devoted to their humans, and many prefer to be glued to their owner’s side. The average weight ranges from 35 to 60 lbs, so depending on size the dog might be able to use a Medium PlexiDor dog door. Larger individuals will need a Large PlexiDor dog door.

There are several theories on the breed’s history. Some claim the earliest references to Barbets in literature actually refers to poodles. Others claim the breed’s history stretches back into antiquity.

Some researchers subscribing to the latter theory believe the Barbet descends from herding dogs brought to Europe from North Africa with the Moors occupying the Iberian Peninsula. This would have been during the 7th and 8th centuries. From there, they followed crusaders over the Pyrenees to central Europe and France.

Other researchers who also date the breed back to antiquity state the Barbet originated in Asia and found its way to Europe over land.

It is difficult to prove either theory, and the truth might very well be a mix of all three.

The dogs are quick to learn, and as all intelligent breeds they need training and stimulation. They tend to be joyful and goody, and they generally love children and other pets. They enjoy swimming, hiking, and traveling.

A fun fact about the Barbet is that they have hair much like humans instead of fur. That means that they don’t shed in the same way as most other breeds, and that they require regular combing and trimming.

Depending on the individual, a Medium or Large PlexiDor will be the right size dog door for a Barbet.

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