GROOMING A JUVENILE
There is some debate about whether a young Barbet should be shaved completely at 6 months to advance its adult coat.
In our experience this is not the case but rather a solution to the problem of the coarser adult coat coat starting to grow through the existing softer puppy coat. At this time the coat becomes very difficult to manage and tangles easily and so one solution is to shave the dog. Of course as the coat re-grows it is the coarser adult coat that appears, giving rise to the belief that shaving has improved the coat.
I strongly believe that you should shave your Barbet at 3 months so that you don't get a lot of mats.