Depending on who you want to believe (or what), the country they/you live in or what documented research has been done( which in many cases has not been done). The issue here is the popular belief that the BARBET is the ancestor to the POODLE, and that appears to be not at all the case. People believe the Barbet is a breed and has been for centuries and centuries, going back to antiquity, Henri IV, the Royals in France and what have you.
It appears that a rough coated water dog ( not spaniel?) would be the ancestor to the other water dogs, but by no stretch of the imagination is the Barbet as we think of it today, an old breed who made it down to us through thick and thin, wars and everything else that has happened on this planet.
France originated this, of course and through the years the beliefs of some who created a club and followers who created a myth.
Thanks to internet, books available in several countries and people’s contributions from those different countries, we have managed to get to this conclusion. Next step is coming soon.
Enjoy the pictures, they are self explanatory.
As an example:
The Dutch version
The French version:
The German version:
The Ebay version:
And most important, the British version…since this etching is from a Britsih artist!
………..and so it goes with the “Grand Barbet”:
In The UK: