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French Water Dog(Barbet)
Water dog used for hunting wildfowl. Like all water dogs, the French Water Dog is more than just a retriever; he must search for, locate and flush out the game hiding in the water vegetation. He then retrieves the game shot by his master. Very resistant to cold, he shall go to water in all weather.
|Group 8||Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs|
|Section 3||Water Dogs|
|With working trial|
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
A very ancient breed, common throughout France, used for hunting waterfowl and described or mentioned in several works as early as the 16th century.
The Barbet is a very old French breed, being the ancestor of numerous modern breeds and types, such as the Poodle, the griffons, the Newfoundland and other water dogs, and the French sheepdog of the Brie region. The breed is a water dog, traditionally used as hunter’s assistant or as a sailor’s companion for fetching at sea. The female gave her name to the Barbette, the cannon posted, in the past, on the bow of ships. The Barbet was also used as a shepherd dog, for driving flocks, and as a companion dog. This is truly a versatile, multi-purpose breed. The Barbet was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.
Medium proportions, medium size, characterized by a thick, woolly coat which guarantees efficient protection against cold and damp. The coat forms a beard (French barbe) on the chin, which gave the breed its name (Barbet).
The Barbet is a medium-sized, balanced dog, with characteristic thick, woolly, fleecy coat, assuring effective protection against cold and humidity. The length of the body, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks, is slightly more than the height at the withers. There is a characteristic beard, which gave the breed its name.
The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull.
The length of the body, measured from the point of shoulder to the point of buttock, is slightly more than the height at the withers .
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
Even disposition, very attached to his master, very sociable, loving water even when very cold.
The Barbet is not aggressive or timid, being docile and very devoted to its master. They are very sociable and fond of the water. The Barbet is essentially a water dog, used for wild fowling. Nevertheless, it has several abilities of a pointer/setter without being a true setter. The breed has no fear of the cold, going into water in all types of weather.
The coat on the skull must fall onto the bridge of the nose. The beard is long and furnished; the moustache entirely covers the bridge of the nose.
The head is entirely covered with long hair.
Rounded and broad.
Round and broad. The stop is pronounced. The forehead is large and short.
Broad, with well opened nostrils; black or brown depending on the colour of the coat.
Broad, with well-opened nostrils. Black or brown in color, depending on the color of the coat.
Quite square. The bridge of the nose is broad.
The muzzle is very square and slightly shorter than the skull. The lips are thick and well-pigmented, the mucous membranes being black or brown. The jaws are of equal length.
Thick, well pigmented and completely covered by long hair. Black or brown edges.
Jaws of equal length. Scissors bite. Strong teeth. Incisors well developed and well aligned.
A full complement of strong, well-developed, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.
Round, preferably dark brown. The rim of the eyelid is black or brown.
Round in shape, preferably dark brown in color. Eye rims are black or brown.
Set on low (at eye level or slightly lower), long, flat, wide, covered by long hair hanging in strands. When brought together in front of the nose, the ears (including the hair) reach at least 5cms beyond it. The ear cartilage reaches further than the corner of the mouth.
Low set, at eye level or slightly lower. Long, flat and broad. Covered with long, hanging hair that may form strands/cords. When brought together in front of the nose, the ears (including the hair) reach at least two inches (5 cm.) beyond it. The ear cartilage reaches further than the corner of the mouth.
Short and strong.
Short and strong.
Broad, well-developed chest, reaching to the elbow. Solid back with a well-sustained topline. Loin is arched, short and strong. Seen from the side, the croup of round, in smooth continuation of the loin. Rounded ribcage, but not barrel-like.
Solid with well sustained topline.
Arched, short and strong.
Round, seen from the side, in smooth continuation of the line of the loin.
Broad, well developed, deep, reaching the elbow; ribcage rounded but not barrel-like.
Slightly raised, carried above the horizontal when the dog is in action, low set, forming a slight hook at the tip.
Set on low. Carried slightly raised. Carried above the horizontal when the dog is in action. Forms a slight hook at the tip.
Strong and muscular, with sloping shoulders.
Oblique. The scapulo-humeral angle varies between 110° and 115°.
Strong and muscular.
The upper arm is strong and muscular. The lower arm is straight and well-boned, completely covered with long hair.
Straight, strong bone, upright, completely covered by long hair.
The broad, round feet are covered with hair.
Round, broad, covered by hair.
Well-developed and muscular, with good angulation. Rear pasterns are upright.
Slightly oblique, well muscled.
Hocks set low and well-angulated.
Low, well angulated.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Easy movement, the limbs moving in line with the body. Medium length foreleg stride with good thrust from the hindquarters.
Easy movement, with the limbs moving in line with the body. The foreleg stride is medium, with good thrust from the hindquarters.
The skin is thick. The hair on the head must fall down as far as the nose, and hide the eyes. The beard is long and thick. The mustache overlays the entire nose, and is very thick. Traditionally, the Barbet has been clipped to accommodate their work and lifestyle, therefore all clips are acceptable.
Long, woolly and curly; can form strands. The coat is furnished, covering the whole body in a natural state. This is an essential characteristic of the breed. The French Water Dog may be groomed in a specific manner to accomodate its work and maintenance.
The thick hair, covering the body, is an essential characteristic of the breed. The coat is long, woolly, wavy, and curly, covering the whole body in a natural state. If not regularly brushed, the hair can form into cords. The hair on the head must fall down as far as the nose, and hide the eyes. The beard is long and thick. The mustache overlays the entire nose, and is very thick. Traditionally, the Barbet has been clipped to accommodate their work and lifestyle, therefore all clips are acceptable. The skin is thick.
Solid black, grey, brown, fawn, pale fawn, white or more or less pied. All shades of red-fawn and pale fawn are permitted. The shade should, preferably, be the same as the colour of the body.
Solid black, grey, brown, fawn, pale fawn, white, or more or less pied. All shades/hues of red-fawn and pale fawn are acceptable. Preferably, the entire body should be the same, uniform shade.
Height at withers:
Height at the withers Dogs 58cm – 65cm
Bitches 53cm – 61 cm
With a tolerance of +/- 1cm
Males - height ranges from 22¾ to 25½ Inches, with a tolerance of one-half of an inch either way. Females - height ranges from 20¾ to 24 inches, with a tolerance on one-half of an inch either way.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Head fine and narrow, muzzle thin and too long, lips thin.
Overshot or undershot. Wry jaw.
Ears set high (higher than eye level), thin, short and narrow.
Neck long and thin.
Loin long and weak.
Tail set on high, curved over the back, curled over or lying on the croup or loin. Tail naturally absent or too short.
Upper arm thin.
Forearm with fine bone; feathering.
Hindquarters Upper thigh flat, hocks straight, feathering; presence of dewclaws. Feet fine and narrow, not covered by coat.
Coat short, harsh, not woolly, not curly.
Colours Any colour other than those mentioned in the standard.
Head: Fine, narrow head.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Ears: Ears set high (higher than eye level). Thin ears. Short ears. Narrow ears.
Neck: Long, thin neck.
Forequarters: Straight shoulders.
Forelegs: Fine bone. Fringed limbs. Lack of muscle.
Body: Dip in topline. Long, weak loin. Straight croup. Narrow chest.
Hind Legs: Lack of thigh muscle. No bend in the stifle. Lack of angulation in hock. Fringed limbs (spaniel-type). Dewclaws.
Feet: Fine, narrow feet. Bare-pawed/uncovered (lack of hair).
Tail: Tail set on high. Curved over the back. Lying on the crop or loin. Tail naturally absent. Tail too short.
Coat: Thin, delicate skin.
Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot bite. Overshot bite.
Characteristics: Viciousness or extreme shyness. Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Eyes: Wry mouth.
Eyes: Undershot bite. Overshot bite.
Coat: Short, harsh coat.
Color: Any color other than those mentioned.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.