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 CKC Breed Standards

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.

Even temperament, neither aggressive nor nervous, tractable. Very devoted to his master.  Good mixer. Loves water.

    Dogs 22 inches (58 cm) and Bitches 20 inches (53 cm) (minimum height 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.

The coat on the head must fall to the bridge of the nose.  The beard is long and ample; the profuse moustache 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. T he pigmentation of the mucous membranes may be black or brown.  Eyes: round, preferably 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.

Short and strong

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.

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

Upper thigh: slight slope, well muscled.  Hocks: set low.  Well angulated.  Metatarsus: well upright.  


Feet: round, broad, covered with hair.  

Somewhat raised, yet not above a horizontal line.  Set on low, forming a slight hook at the end.

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.
    •  Coat short, harsh, not woolly, not curly.
    •  All colours other than those mentioned in the standard. Coat with  markings (parti or   tricolour), black overlay, brindle, spotted, mottled. Solid colour not in even shade.

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

Canadian Kennel Club