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The good natured barbet is a French Water Dog that is an outstanding family dog; obedient, playful and smart, they learn quickly and accept direction. They play well with children, as well as other pets. This warm, loving breed needs daily exercise to keep from going stir crazy; and, given that, will be a model family member and pet.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Little

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Sporting Group

Coat Length

  • Long Coat

Coat Quality

  • Curly Coat
  • Wooly Coat


  • Black
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Tan
  • White


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 21-23″
  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 36-40lbs
  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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