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The Barbet (pronounced bar-bay) is an ancient breed known for its curly coat and affable disposition. Hailing from France, this water dog is recognized by its distinctive beard (barbe in French), from which the breed derives its name. While not as widely known as some other breeds in the U.S., the Barbet has a storied history, having served as a loyal companion to hunters, assisting in retrieving waterfowl. The breed’s gentle and playful nature combined with its intelligence and adaptability make the Barbet a delightful family companion, and an engaging partner in various canine activities.