meet theBarbet


Training &Temperament

Barbet are very intelligent and learn new things quickly. They have a calm nature and are easy to live with as long as their exercise needs are being met.

  • Children


    100% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    91% agree

  • Time Alone


    60% agree

Did You Know?

The Barbet has been assigned the Sporting Group designation.

Their impishness that entices them to muddy, swampy places, giving them the nickname of "Mud Dog."

Henry IV of France (1553-1610); King of France (1589-1610), enjoyed water fowling with his Barbets

From the July 2009 Board Meeting - The Barbet was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2010.

Non-allergenic & non-shedding

Ancestors of the Poodle, Bichon, Griffon, Otterhound, Newfoundland, Briard, and several others

The Barbet has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2007.

From the April 2012 Board Meeting - The Barbet was approved to compete in Retriever Hunting Tests Events effective September 1, 2012.

This breed has contributed to the French language "être crotté comme un Barbet"-to be very, very muddy.

Webbed paws for swimming

From the August 2007 Board Meeting - One new breed was added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - the Barbet.

At the December 2015 Board Meeting – The Barbet was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class effective January 1, 2017. The Barbet Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club...

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Brown 061
Fawn 082
Gray 100
White 199


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Brown Markings 022
Fawn Markings 008
Gray Markings 028
White Markings 014