Picardy Spaniel
Francia FCI 108 . Spaniel type

Docile and resistant, happy with little, the Picardy Spaniel however needs the constant attention of your caregiver.

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History

The French Spaniel and the Picardy Spaniel the two races of Spaniel oldest on the European continent. They both seem to descend from “oysel dog” described in the works of Gaston Fébus (siglo XIII). At that time, Hunting was one of the most popular activities of the French nobility and the Spaniel French type was one of the most popular breeds. The breed is represented in paintings from this period by artists such as Alexandre-François Desportes and Jean-Baptiste Oudry. It is also the first dog breed to be admitted to exhibitions..

The breed became more popular after the French Revolution, since hunting is no longer an activity reserved exclusively for the nobility. Although it is found all over the country, a large contingent is present in the northwest of the country, where its water resistant coat makes it an ideal breed for hunting in forests and swamps. During the 19th century, English hunters crossed the English Channel and traveled to northwestern France to hunt in these famous lands. So they brought their own hunting dogs, that the French gradually adopted, thus endangering the Picardy Spaniel. In addition, the infusion of blood from Setter Inglés in the race created the Blue Picardy Spaniel.

The Picardy Spaniel it is a very rare breed of dog, which is almost only found in metropolitan France.

The Picardy Spaniel is recognized by a wide variety of canine clubs and associations such as the International Canine Federation, even abroad like him North American Kennel Club, the American Rare Breed Association, the United Kennel Club. All these associations use the FCI standard. It is also recognized by the Continental Kennel Club, but unlike the Blue Picardy Spaniel, which is closely related to him, is not recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club.

Photo: “Picardy Spaniel” at the World Dog Show in Poznań by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

The Picardy Spaniel he is a beautiful dog, strong, elegant, nervous, solid and well muscled. Its coat is gray with brown spots on the different parts of the body and often tan on the head and legs.. Her dark amber eyes go wide giving you an expressive look. Its abundant and slightly wavy coat gives it protection, allowing you to work in the toughest places, especially in the water. The ears are long, quite low, located on the eye line and decorated with beautiful fringes. The tail, adorned with beautiful fur, worn with distinction. Its size ranges from 55 and 60 cm..

Character and skills

The FCI breed standard does not describe a typical temperament for the Picardy Spaniel. The Picardy Spaniel it is considered a docile breed of dog that loves to play with children, and easily bond with your caregiver. Generally described as a docile dog, good-natured and easy to train.

Above all, they are hunting dogs that need a lot of exercise to express their energy, resistance and rusticity.

His training is natural; the Picardy Spaniel they work to please their caregiver. Report, on land and in deep water, it's a pleasure for him. The rewards, caresses and compliments are the basis of his education.

Utility

The Picardy Spaniel is a hunting dog, that needs daily departures.

The Picardy Spaniel are used for hunting, in the woods for pheasant or in the swamps where they hunt, in particular, the snipe. It is also an effective dog for duck hunting, the hare or the rabbit. They are especially effective in swamps, where they do not hesitate to jump into the water. If required, can also recover hunting. This dog loves wide spaces where he can exercise, but you can also settle for smaller spaces and you can live very well in the city. The hair is abundant and slightly wavy, allowing you to hunt in dense vegetation and enter the water without any difficulty.

These docile dogs make pleasant companion dogs, but they require a lot of physical exercise.

Health

There are no known hereditary genetic diseases in dogs Picardy Spaniel. Its longevity is of 14 years on average. The Picardy Spaniel is especially sensitive to ear infections, like most lop-eared dogs, like other races of “Spaniels or Bassets”. The Picardy Spaniel tend to gain weight quickly if overfed.

Characteristics “Picardy Spaniel”

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Picardy Spaniel” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

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Dog friendly ⓘ

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Affection Level ⓘ

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Need to exercise ⓘ

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Social Needs ⓘ

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Apartment ⓘ

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Grooming ⓘ

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Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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Health Issues ⓘ

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Cat Friendly ⓘ

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intelligence ⓘ

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versatility ⓘ

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Child Friendly ⓘ

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Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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Playfulness ⓘ

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Images “Picardy Spaniel”

Picardy Spaniel

Our “Picardy Spaniel”, Gibbs des Chaumes de Thiérache to the 6 meses by Rachelle Vafidis, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Picardy Spaniel

Our “Picardy Spaniel”, Gibbs des Chaumes de Thiérache to the 6 meses by Rachelle Vafidis, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Videos “Picardy Spaniel”

Spaniel picardo (Epagneul picard) – Breed of dog
Picardy Spaniel (Epagneul Picard)

Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 108
  • Group 7: Pointing Dogs.
  • Section 1: Continental Pointing Dogs. 1.2: Spaniel type. With working trial.

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 7: Pointing Dogs. – Section 1: Continental Pointing Dogs. 1.2: Spaniel type
  • ​KC – Hunting dog
  • UKCGun Dog

FCI breed standard “Picardy Spaniel”

FCIFCI – “Picardy Spaniel”
Spaniel Picardo FCI

Alternative names:

    1. Epagneul picard (English).
    2. Épagneul picard (French).
    3. Epagneul Picard (German).
    4. (em francês: Epagneul Picard) (Portuguese).
    5. Epagneul picard (Spanish).
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