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Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog" Compare Barbet and Portuguese Water Dog. Which is better: Barbet or Portuguese Water Dog?
Name Barbet Portuguese Water Dog
OriginsFrance Portugal
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank40454
Reviews15
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Other Names French Water Dog Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
Price $600-$1000 $2500-$2800

General Appearance - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Size Large
Medium
Medium
Weight 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg ) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg ) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Coat Waterproof Curly
Colors Fawn
White
Brown
Gray
Black
White
Brown
Black
Grooming
Average: The Barbet requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Barbets shed none to minimal.
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament Companionable
Intelligent
Obedient
Cheerful
Joyful
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Intelligent Rank
Average: Barbet's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Barbets are quite easy to train.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Barbet is a highly playful breed.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Barbets have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Barbets are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Barbets are a social breed.
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Barbet rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Barbets are average watchdogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Barbets are average defenders.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Barbet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Barbets have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Barbets have average wanderlust potential.
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Barbets have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Portuguese Water Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Barbets are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Barbets adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Barbets do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Barbets are average friendly towards strangers.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Barbets are kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Barbets are average friendly towards cats.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Barbets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Barbet is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Barbets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Barbets are generally with other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Barbets are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Barbet breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Health Issues
Barbets tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hernia
Hip Dysplasia
Overbite
Underbite
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Entropion
Ectropion
Distichiasis
Cataracts
Abnormally Small Eyes
GM-1 Storage Disease
Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd)
Colitis
Megaesophagus
Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
Lymphangiectasia
Addison's Disease
Life Expectancy 13-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Barbets are high energy dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Barbets have an average exercise need.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Barbets don't need too much sleep.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Barbet can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Barbet has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Barbet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Barbet vs Portuguese Water Dog

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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  • Patrizio D/Bianco

    May 28, 2020, 12:24:12 PM:

    Lots of great information which has helped me make my decision...