The Barbet is a breed of dog; it is a medium-sized French water dog. It is listed in Group 8 by the Société Centrale Canine, the French Kennel Club. The breed name comes from the French word barbe, which means ‘beard. An agile athlete, the Barbet has been used primarily to locate, flush, and retrieve birds. Barbet has hair, not fur, so they do not shed in the same way as other breeds.