19 – 24.5 from shoulders
35 - 65
12 – 14
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.
The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –
Loss of consciousness
Full body cramps
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.
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.
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
Outwards facing front paws or puffy elbows
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
Supplements for joints
Losing weight will relieve pressure on the hips
Ability to participate in several dog agility trials and considered as one of the top agility dogs in French dog competitions.
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.
Barbets may become bored without stimulation this shows the intelligence level of the breed and learns things quickly
Barbet has thick, natural curls that range in size from large and loose to tight, tiny curls.
A variety of colors are available in this breed including black, brown, fawn and gray with or without white markings
As barbets have long, dense, curly coats, daily grooming is essential. Brushing and coming barbets coat every day is a must
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.
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!