My name is Janet Black Evans.  We  live with our Barbets in Nepean Ontario, just outside Ottawa.  Our property allows for plenty of room for these sporting dogs to run and play with each other, and with our miniture poodle.  And a kilometer long shared dog run out our back Darwin, my male in October with pumpkins.  gate lets them play and socialize with other dogs too.     Our dogs are family and live in the house with us.  

I first became aware of this rare breed in 2005.  The next two years would be spent doing my homework and researching the Barbet.  In the summer of 2007 Renée Corriveau and Michel Raymond, the breeders of what would be my first Barbet, came to stay with me with three of their dogs.  It was at that time I knew for certain this was the breed for me. 

If you are interested in a Barbet I encourage you to do your own homework to see if this is the breed for you.  Please feel free to contact me if you wish to talk or learn more about the Barbet.


Just like the fictional character “Tree Beard”  in one of my favourite literary pieces,  the Barbet is an ancient and gentle breed.   Barbe is French for beard, a distinctive feature of this French water dog.

The outline of the tree on my home page is the marula, an African tree whose history goes back thousands of years.  It is believed that the Barbet is the descendent of herding dogs originating in North Africa.   The Barbet outlines that you see are my dogs from a couple of my favourite pictures.  


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