...going back to Buffon in the mid-1700 and over the next 150 years to 1860 or so that the Barbet,the "generic" Barbet evolved for one into a Griffon and for the other into a Poodle( with the smaller versions of the Maltese/ the Bichon and the miniature poodle.
When you put the poodle aside,
then you have a Griffon.The "generic" Barbet being the ancestor of many breeds and not just the poodle.
There were 2 Griffons, a rough coated one and a silky coated one.
The rough coated one mentionned in texts around 1840 or so was the beginning of the Korthals, perfected by Baron E. Korthals and the other Griffon became the Boulet. There was another one but only in one area of France: the Boulonnais with also a silky coat.
A silky coat can grow long(Boulet/Barbet), the rough coat cannot( Korthals).
It looks like, at this point
that all data points in the direction that would confirm what we knew already.The standard was written for a silky coated Griffon. It was a hunter. Hunting dogs with long coats are easy to handle, or no one will use them.
A farmer is not going to groom a dog or poof him out like a marshmellow...
A rustic dog is a dog who can go out in the rain, snow, water and shake off the bramble and dry easily.
A rustic dog is a dog even a man can go for a walk with.I don't think most men want to go for a walk in the woods on a Sunday morning with a marshmellow. That is contradictory to the being of a Barbet.
The Barbet is a rustic dog and even though it is unfortunately not in the standard, anymore, for xyz reasons we all know, it is still a rustic dog.
At some point, conclusions have to be drawn. Unless proved otherwise with supported data.
I will be posting some additional info as I now have some of the correspondance exchanged between Emmanuel Boulet and Baron Korthals.
Also don't forget to read up on Barbet history:http://www.novaforesta-barbet.org.uk/biblio1.htm#postnineteen