While still relatively new in the U.S., the Barbet is one of the original water dogs deployed in France since the 16th century for hunting waterfowl. However, the World Wars wreaked havoc on the breed, nearly leaving it extinct.
Barbet come in a variety of coat colors and curls. Colors include black, brown, fawn, and pied (more white than black or brown), with or without white markings. Barbet love the water, and some have a strong prey drive and may chase or retrieve birds from bodies of water.