The Barbet is far from a newcomer to the purebred dog world, yet it remains something of a hidden treasure. A versatile and sturdy breed that once graced the palaces and marshes of France, the Barbet is thought to be the ancestor of the Poodle and Portuguese Water Dog. However, the Barbet itself teetered on the brink of extinction until dedicated breeders staged a careful comeback.

Now, dog lovers around the world are beginning to discover all that’s great about the Barbet—a calm, clever, and charming purebred that comes in a medium-sized, allergy-friendly package.

In Barbets: The Best Kept Secret of the Dog World, Pam Headon draws on her extensive breeding experience to shine a spotlight on this canine gem. A long-time fan of Portuguese Water Dogs, Headon calls the Barbet a "decaffeinated" version of the spirited Portie, or a "non-shedding Golden Retriever". Comparisons can’t do full justice to this unique companion dog, but dozens of beautiful photos and warm owner testimonials will do the trick nicely.

This primer covers all the essentials: finding a reputable breeder, required health checks, care, training and grooming. Headon also describes her journey, complete with an insider’s look at the complicated world of dog breeding. The stories her clients share will make you wonder how this amazing breed has remained a secret for so long.

Pam Headon grew up among dogs and horses on an Ontario hobby farm. She began breeding Portuguese Water Dogs in 1998 and Barbets in 2006. Her conscientious, humane, and effective program has made her a leading breeder of Barbets in North America. Learn more at

Sandy Rideout is the author/co-author of more than a dozen books,
and a recent convert to all things dog. Learn more at

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