Barbet Dog

Barbet

Intelligent, Social, Agile

Barbet was used as a water retriever for generations in France, a close relative of poodle and briard. Extremely intelligent, sociable, and energetic.   

Barbet Dog

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 19 – 24.5 inches from shoulders

Weight

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  • 35 – 65 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Epilepsy

What is it?

It is characterized by recurring, spontaneous seizures caused by a brain defect. It is the most common neurological condition seen in dogs.

% Of dogs affected

0.75-1%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • Seizure
  • Muscle twitching 
  • Tongue chewing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Full body cramps 
  • Excessive drooling

Treatment

The most prevalent cause of seizures in dogs is idiopathic epilepsy, an inherited condition. Currently, there is no treatment present as of now for epilepsy in dogs. The only thing which can be done is to control the seizures. There are certain anti-epileptic medications on the market that can make most dogs seizure-free. And it’s extremely likely that the dog will be on medication for the rest of its life.

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip or Elbow Dysplasia

What is it?: 

It is a genetic health issue where elbow joints loosen up or don’t develop properly which leads to pain and dysfunction. This could eventually lead to arthritis, muscular atrophy, and mobility issues.

% of dogs affected

>20%

Clinical signs

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Reluctance in rising up, jumping or running, climbing stairs, and decreased activity
  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs 
  • Shoulder muscles have a noticeable enlargement
  • Flinches when the muscles of the lower back are touched
  • Bunny hopping 
  • Outwards facing front paws or puffy elbows

Treatment

As it is generally an inherited condition, most cases of hip dysplasia may not be preventable but with the right care the probability of occurrence can be reduced or if noticed can try and reduce the impact. The measures include

  • Weight loss can reduce hip pressure
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Supplements for joints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications 
  • Losing weight will relieve pressure on the hips

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Agile

Ability to participate in several dog agility trials and considered as one of the top agility dogs in French dog competitions.

Social 

Fortunately, this breed is interested in a wide range of activities. If raised together from puppyhood, they are more likely to get along with cats as well.

Intelligent

Barbets may become bored without stimulation this shows the intelligence level of the breed and learns things quickly 

Lifetime Care

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Coat

Barbet has thick, natural curls that range in size from large and loose to tight, tiny curls.

Colors

A variety of colors are available in this breed including black, brown, fawn and gray with or without white markings

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Grooming

As barbets have long, dense, curly coats, daily grooming is essential. Brushing and coming barbets coat every day is a must

Training

Barbets respond most favorably to happy training conditions and good reinforcement. They are smart and eager to please, which makes training your Barbet both fun and easy

Due to their bearded look, the actual name is derived from the French word barbe, which means “beard.” Although the breed may have originated as early as the eighth century, the first written reference to it dates back to 1387. For decades, the Barbet worked as a water retriever for both royalty and commoners, and his thick, waterproof coat earned him a reputation for braving the coldest water

Despite the popularity of the breed in its early years, the Barbet nearly became extinct during the World Wars. They are extremely attached to their owner and are very friendly

Barbet: Introduction to the Breed

These dogs are highly energetic and close relative to poodles and briards they do have some unique physical traits. Some of them include – 

  • Slightly rectangular with a substantial head and long, sweeping tail
  • A long, dense covering of curly hair and a distinctive beard
  • Thick beards and a mustache that completely covers the middle of their noses

Barbet is best suited for:

  • Families who are willing to bring their pup with them on adventures (bonus points if water is involved)
  • Able to spend time for most of the day
  • Families with young children
  • Get along with cats if raised them from puppyhood and other dogs as well

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Barbet

  • They are highly energetic and adventurous dog
  • Due to its rarity, around the world, the cost in the US can be on the higher end
  • Require daily care because of their thick coat
  • These dogs were born to hunt birds, so if you have a pet bird, you may want to reconsider bringing a Barbet into the home

Barbet’s eating habits & healthcare needs 

Barbets require a high-quality diet that is suitable for their stage of development (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). Don’t forget to add oil to their diets during the drier summer months. Barbet usually doesn’t overeat but it is important to monitor their food intake because dogs are prone to obesity. These dogs must be walked and exercised for at least two hours each day. The barbet’s coat can easily become matted or felted and grow too lengthy, if not trimmed regularly. Proper oral hygiene is essential for their general long-term health, and the sooner you follow a good dental care regimen, the better.

Conclusion

Barbets are a rare breed from France which is known for being smart and energetic dogs. Best suited for active pet parents and families who are willing to take them on little adventure trips. 

Agility games, riddles, or other difficult games will keep your pet interested and active because they excel in agility sports. If you are looking for such a sociable, energetic and affectionate dog then you must go for Barbet. 

Happy Mood and Health to your Doggo and lots of Love and Licks to you!

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