Barbet Breed Maintenance
Although there is no truly hypoallergenic dog because all dogs have some dander, the Barbet is a good choice for those with allergies. The Barbet has unique hair that does not shed the same as other breeds. He sheds tufts of hair that will come out and are generally removed with weekly brushing. His curls do need to be combed often to prevent matting and keep his skin healthy. When he is groomed, he needs to be combed or brushed completely. This means brushing his coat down to the skin to prevent tangles or mats from forming. When your dog plays in the water, as the Barbet is prone to do, he will need to be groomed after each outing. His hair grows continuously and therefore does require trimming to keep him neat and clean. Owners who are not showing their Barbet may even prefer to clip him down to about two inches so his coat is easier to maintain. Never shave your Barbet completely as his skin needs the protection of his coat. His ears must be plucked to keep excessive hair from growing and trapping dirt in the ear. Keep his ears clean to prevent infection. His nails should be trimmed as needed, usually every 2-3 weeks. The hair between his foot pads should be trimmed as needed.