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You have decided you want to adopt a Barbet. You’ve done your homework and researched the breed on-line and in books. You may even have met the breed in person and fallen in love with them. The next step is deciding who you want to get your future puppy from.
It is the recommendation of the United Barbet Club that you contact several breeders and make a choice based on the bloodlines used in the breeding, how they care for and raise their dogs, their interest in the breed and a meshing of personalities. The UBC recommends that you select a breeder that is committed to health testing their dogs and sharing the results of those tests publicly. For more information on recommended health tests, please visit our Health page. Try not to make a decision that is based solely on convenience of location or availability of a puppy as the primary factors.
Just as you will interview the breeder, be prepared to be interviewed in return. Reputable breeders care deeply about the dogs they produce and they want to be sure they go to good homes. You should be concerned if they seem more interested in getting a deposit and making a sale then about you and why you are interested in acquiring a Barbet. A reputable breeder will want to be in touch with you for the dog’s lifetime and will always be willing to take back any dog they have bred if you are no longer able to care for your dog. A great breeder will always be interested in the lives of their puppies, and will serve as a mentor and a guide through the various training and grooming issues that may come up with your Barbet puppy.
The Barbet is a rare breed and it is typical to have to wait several months and even up to a year for a puppy. Be prepared to go on a waiting list. Stay in touch with the breeder while you are waiting for your puppy and if you are on more than one waiting list it is only fair to share this information with the breeder. The Barbet community is small and reputable breeders will not be impressed with you if they find out you have agreed to wait for a puppy from everyone else in addition to themselves. If you end up getting a puppy from someone else you should inform the breeder right away. They could be turning away other good homes because your name is on their list and they had agreed to reserve a puppy for you.
Take the time to choose a breeder that you would feel comfortable having a relationship with. They should always be willing to answer your questions and should be generous and forthcoming in sharing the knowledge that they have about the Breed, their dogs and about how you can best care for your new puppy.
© United Barbet Club, Judy Descutner, Stephanie Dixon
Photo by D. Tauro