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 English Setter 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”

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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

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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).

French Spaniel
Francia FCI 175 . Spaniel type

French Spaniel

Very gentle nature, courteous and intelligent, the French Spaniel is eager to learn.

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History

The origins of the French Spaniel are very uncertain and many hypotheses have been raised.

Its name would come from Spain or from the old French espaigner, that means “lie”. He is also considered the ancestor of the “Pointing Dogs”.

According to the most probable hypothesis, the French Spaniel it would be the descendant of the Oysel dogs described by Gaston Phoebus and used in the Middle Ages.

The French Spaniel is at the origin of the different varieties of hunting spaniels. By selecting, became the elegant and athletic breed of the type of the “Pointing Dogs” very firm that today shines in work competitions.

The first standard was written in 1891 by James de Connick, and later it was reworked and adapted to the different developments of the breed.

Photo: “French Spaniel”, from the group of Pointing Dogs franceses by Alephalpha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

Hair: Plano, silky and dense. Slightly wavy behind the neck, above the tail set over the ears. Short and fine on the head but longer on the ears.

Its color: White and Brown (cinnamon to dark liver), with regular spots, little or moderately mottled.

His head : worn with pride, with well marked reliefs, medium length and width. The stop is moderately steep.

Ears : laid back, pulled forward, with more or less long and wavy fringes.

Eyes : So big, oval, tan to brown in color, according to the coat. Soft and intelligent expression.

Her body : slightly longer than the height at the withers. The top line is straight, always well supported, the cross is dry and wide, the back is broad and muscular, the rump is rounded and harmoniously sloping, the chest is divided and the sternum region wide and curved.

Tail : Thick at the base and tapers towards the tip. It is below the top line, carried more or less curved, provided with long and silky hair, slightly wavy.

Height and weight

▷ Male size: Of 56 - 61 cm.

▷ Female size: Of 55 - 59 cm.

▷ Male weight: Of 24 - 25 kg

▷ Female weight: Of 24 - 25 kg

Character and skills

Very gentle nature, elegant and smart, the French Spaniel is eager to learn. Although hunting is his main vocation, his sociability and sweetness make him a dog that adapts to all styles.

Balanced and frank, they are calm and docile dogs that are willing and eager to hunt, during which they are flexible and robust.

Very attached to their master, its deep sensitivity requires gentle training.

They do not tolerate loneliness and require regular outings.

How to take care of your “French Spaniel”: your needs

As a hunting dog, the French Spaniel you need to exercise and, therefore, needs wide open spaces. However, as it adapts very well to all environments, it can live very well in the city as long as its master takes it out regularly. Must be able to take long walks, if possible also in the forest or on a wooded area. It is a dog that loves water.

Regarding maintenance, the French Spaniel it should be brushed once or twice a week to detangle its fur.

The diet “French Spaniel”

Like other hunting dogs, the French Spaniel you only need one meal a day as an adult, preferably at night. You don't need any special food. It just has to be of good quality, varied and adapted to their age, state of health and physical exercise.

Health “French Spaniel”

The French Spaniel is in fairly good health. However, can be the target of certain diseases such as cataracts, hip dysplasia or eczema. It is also advisable to monitor and clean your ears regularly.

Price of a puppy “French Spaniel”

The price of a puppy French Spaniel it will depend on the sex, the pedigree of the parents, compliance with breed standards, etc.

Average price of a male of French Spaniel: 625€.
Average price of a female of French Spaniel: 625€.

Characteristics “French Spaniel”

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “French 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.

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1 – “French spaniel” by Vertwatt94, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – “French Spaniel” by Tux-Man, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Une femelle épagneul français à exposition by Canarian, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – “French Spaniel” by http://epagneul-francais-buck.e-monsite.com/
5 – “French Spaniel” by https://www.perdrioles.com/produit/chiots-epagneul-francais-2/
6 – “French Spaniel” https://chiens.photos/epagneul-francais-chiot/

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Epagneul français
Haniel & Cloé in the garden

Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 175
  • 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
  • CKCMiscellaneous
  • UKCGun Dog

FCI breed standard “French Spaniel”

FCIFCI – “French Spaniel”
Spaniel francés FCI

Alternative names:

    1. Canadian Setter, French Setter (English).
    2. Épagneul français (French).
    3. Epagneul Français (German).
    4. (em francês: epagneul français) (Portuguese).
    5. Epagneul Français (Spanish).

Blue Picardy Spaniel
Francia FCI 106 . Spaniel type

Blue Picardy Spaniel

Used for hunting, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is distinguished by its very pronounced style, its exceptional physical resistance and its ability to evolve on all types of terrain.

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History

As the name suggests, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is a native of Picardy, a region of northern France. It is the result of the crosses made at the end of the 20th century between the Picardo Spaniel (in a gray coat speckled with brown spots, that appeared around the year 1000 during the Crusades and are very ancient cousins ​​of the French Spaniel) and the English SetterBlue Belton” (with a black and white coat, of Spanish origin and imported to England in the Middle Ages).

More precisely, These crosses were possible thanks to the arrival at Mischief and at the mouth of the Sum of many English hunters who came to board their hunting dogs, after the drastic quarantines introduced in your country. The two races mixed at that time, the initial goal was probably to end up with a dog with a longer gait than the Blue Picardy Spaniel, but also faster and with a better sense of smell.

At the beginning, the Picardy Spaniel and the Blue Picardy Spaniel they considered the same race, despite their different coats. The club of l’Epagneul Bleu de Picardie It was founded in 1907, but it wasn't until 1938 which was finally officially recognized as a distinct breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Past year, The club of l’Epagneul Bleu de Picardie had merged with the Club l’Epagneul Picardie, founded for its part on 1921.

In 1980, The club of l’Epagneul de Pont-Audemer merged in turn, and the whole took the name of Club de l’Epagneul Picardie, du Bleu de Picardie and l’Epagneul Pont-Audemer. In 2015, the association changes its name and is renamed Club des Epagneuls de Picardie et de Pont-Audemer (CEPPA).

Several specimens were exported to Canada around 1987, and the Canadian Kennel Club in turn recognizes the breed in 1995. El American United Kennel Club (UKC) did the same the following year, at the same time as the Picardy Spaniel. On the other hand, the American Kennel Club (AKC), the other American reference organization, has not yet taken the step.

The Blue Picardy Spaniel, what is it called in english, It is also recognized by the American Association of Rare Breeds (ARBA), and this is not a coincidence: in fact, remains unknown in most of the world, and its acquisition is mainly in France, more particularly in his native region.

In France, in fact, has undergone a little more than 1.200 records LOF between 2010 and 2016, or some 180 by year. The trend is globally stable, probably supported by the good reputation it can boast as a hunting dog or as a pet.

Photo: Blue Picardy Spaniel at the World Dog Show in Poznan, Poland by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

A dog “braccoid type”, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is not very big. However, his robust and muscular body gives him an impression of power and vitality.

Its bluish coat is due to the presence of the English Setter between their ancestors. It is also speckled with gray and black, which gives very particular and breed specific reflections. Hair is flat on the body, with some wavy strands in the ears, the legs and under the tail.

The eyes of the Blue Picardy Spaniel they are big, dark brown and have a calm and benevolent expression. The rounded ears are relatively long and fall to the sides.

At last, its tail is long, flexible and fringed.

Character and skills

Used for hunting, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is distinguished by its very pronounced style, his exceptional physical resistance and his ability to evolve on all types of terrain. If required, he can even submerge himself in the icy water without hesitating to return the game to his master.

However, although hunting is in his genes and he is used to living in the countryside, can adapt to city life. However, they are sporting dogs that need to run and get plenty of exercise. Therefore, life in the city – especially if it is in an apartment – it may only be suitable for him if there is time for long outings in nature. In any case, It is not a recommended breed of dog for an elderly or sedentary person, as it must be able to allow him to use his overflowing energy and expend himself.

Balanced and smooth (as long as your activity need is satisfied), lover to please his master, it is also an excellent companion dog, greatly enjoying family life, of which he is a full member. In particular, It is a breed of dog adapted to children: nothing aggressive, his affection towards them is unlimited, and loves to share games and pampering with them, which he likes a lot.

It is perfectly possible that your dog lives with other dogs, since the Blue Picardy Spaniel It is a sociable and gentle dog by nature.

On the other hand, it is strongly discouraged to put it in the presence of small animals such as rabbits or birds: would inevitably identify them with the game that must be brought to their keeper, which can lead to slight misunderstandings.

As they don't bark much, do not have a strong sense of territory and therefore cannot be used as watchdogs.

Use

The Blue Picardy Spaniel it's mostly a hunting dog. It is particularly suitable for working on small game in forests and swamps, although he is still the specialist in woodcocks.

Used for hunting, they are excellent point-and-pick dogs with a very pronounced sense of smell and exceptional physical stamina, qualities that make them the true joy of their hunting owners.

It is also an ideal companion dog. It is easy to live with them and very sociable, easily acclimatizing to family life and quickly finding their place in it, either in the midst of adults only or in the presence of children, of whom quickly become the best and most loyal friends.

Health

There are no known genetic diseases peculiar to the Blue Picardy Spaniel However, like all “Spaniel”, are particularly prone to ear infections, which are very common in dogs with lop ears.

You also run the risk of injury during hunting parties, especially on the legs and pads. Therefore, it is advisable to get used to checking that you do not limp when you return from hunting or a long activity in the open air. This could be a sign of a sprain or fracture., or simply caused by spikes, that can be as hidden as it is painful.

At last, the Blue Picardy Spaniel you can fall victim to your greed and gain weight easily if you are not active enough. Therefore, it is necessary to scrupulously monitor your dog's weight and, above all, make sure you always have your daily dose of adrenaline.

Grooming

In general, brushing is recommended when Blue Picardy Spaniel weekly, as its semi-long coat can easily retain twigs and dead leaves.

In addition, and although it obviously depends on the activities that are carried out with him, it can be necessary, from time to time, wash their hair with a specific dog shampoo when it is really dirty.

In all cases, whether you return from hunting or go out to the field, you should carefully inspect your animal for thorns or a wound hidden by the hair.

Like any breed of dog with lop ears, floppy ears pose a higher risk of infection and other problems, therefore they must be cleaned at least once a week with a suitable veterinary product.

At last, due to its high level of activity, its claws should normally wear out in contact with the various floors it walks on. If that is not the case, should not hesitate (do) clipping your dog's claws once or twice a year.

Buy a “Blue Picardy Spaniel”

The price of a puppy Blue Picardy Spaniel is of some 600 EUR. There is no significant difference between the price of a male and a female.

Characteristics “Blue Picardy Spaniel”

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Blue 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.

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 106
  • 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
  • AKCGun Dog Group
  • CKC – Sports
  • UKCGun Dog Group

FCI breed standard “Blue Picardy Spaniel”

FCIFCI – “Blue Picardy Spaniel”
Blue Picardy Spaniel FCI

Alternative names:

    1. Bleu Picard (English).
    2. Épagneul bleu de Picardie (French).
    3. Epagneul Bleu Picard (German).
    4. (em francês: epagneul bleu de Picardie) (Portuguese).
    5. Épagneul bleu de Picardie (Spanish).

Grand basset griffon vendéen
Francia FCI 33 . Small-sized Hounds

Grand basset griffon vendéen

The Grand basset griffon vendéen is tenacious, brave and a little stubborn.

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History

The Grand basset griffon vendéen have been through more than 400 years of evolution to produce today's French hounds.

In general, French hounds were developed into the breeds that they are today training to suit the particular needs of their geographic areas. The dense region, The thorny and rocky Vendéée required a tough breed of dog with mental and physical stamina and a coat that would resist brambles.. In addition, lower-class hunters who did not own horses needed a slower hound to keep up. His solution was to shorten the dog's legs and, through evolution and breeding, a short dog was created. At the end of the 19th century, the Grand basset griffon vendéen, combining rusticity and a shortened leg, had evolved as part of the basset breeds of France.

Working more on producing the exact size and proportions needed to hunt different game animals, the Vendeen Griffon Club, founded in 1907, recognized two varieties of Basset Griffon Vendéen, the Grand basset griffon vendéen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.

In the decade of 1950, the Grand basset griffon vendéen was separated on its own standard and considered a separate breed, although the miscegenation between basset vendeano “Grand” and the “Petit” not banned until 1977.

The first selections were made in the late 19th century by the Earl of Elva, who was looking for straight-legged dogs, but it was Paul Dezamy who established the type. He had understood that to catch a moving hare you needed dogs of a certain size, that he fixed on some 43 centimeters.

Nowadays it is used for rifle hunting and can hunt all furry animals, from the hare to the wild boar. A herd of Grand basset griffon vendéen won the 5th European Hare Championship.

Photo: Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen in Tallinn duo CACIB, 17-18 Aug 2013, handler competition by Tomasyna, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

The Grand basset griffon vendéen it is a well balanced, heavily built, an olfactory hound with a friendly and noble character. It is medium size, with straight legs and deep chest. It is longer than high, with a moderately long muzzle, long ears and a long tail.

His neck is moderately long and strong, his noble head with mustache and beard, and is crowned by long protective eyebrows. Its structure was designed to hunt rabbits and hares, at a rapid pace through the brambles, protected with his long eyebrows, and on the rugged terrain of the Vendée area in France.

He is a brave hunter, passionate and very skilled that nowadays he is used to hunting not only rabbit and hare but also wild boar and roe deer. It is active, possesses great stamina for a full day of hunting and uses his voice freely while on the trail.

Any feature that detracts from functionality is a serious fault.

Character and skills

The calm and docile demeanor of the Grand basset griffon vendéen makes them excellent companions and house dogs. Prepare to give him plenty of exercise. They won't thrive like a couch dog. They should have a fenced area to exercise, since these hunting dogs can't resist the urge to chase. They are sturdy and do not slow down with age, so plan to maintain your exercise routine until adolescence.

You should be aware that like all hounds, the Grand basset griffon vendéen generally has a high prey drive and will follow its nose wherever it goes. Not only is a fence necessary and / or a strap, it is also required to train a constant memory from childhood. Another feature of the Grand basset griffon vendéen is your free use of voice; no amount of training will stop this chatty. If you don't like your dog talking to you, this breed may not be for you.

Health

As in all races, there may be some health problems. Some dogs may face these health challenges in their lives, but most of the Grand basset griffon vendéen they are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those who wish to own a dog of this breed, they can get the information they need to learn about the specific health problems of this hound. Good breeders use genetic testing of their breeders to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

Recommended health tests for this breed:

  • Hip evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist evaluation
  • Cardiac examination
  • Patella evaluation
  • Thyroid evaluation
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    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 33
    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.3: Small-sized Hounds. With working trial.

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.3: Small-sized Hounds.
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard “Grand basset griffon vendéen”

    FCIFCI – “Grand basset griffon vendéen”
    Great Basset Griffon Vendean FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Basset Griffon Vendéen (Petite), PBGV (English).
      2. Grand basset griffon vendéen (French).
      3. Briquet Griffon Vendéen, Großer Basset Griffon Vendéen (German).
      4. (em francês: Grand basset griffon Vendéen) (Portuguese).
      5. GBGV (Spanish).

    Griffon Nivernais
    Francia FCI 17 - Medium-sized Hounds

    Griffon Nivernais

    Brave and vivacious, the “Griffon Nivernais” he is an obedient and loving dog. Never shy, it is not aggressive either.

    Content

    History

    These dogs were crossed with those brought from the Crusades by San Luis to give the greyhounds, probable ancestors of the Griffon Nivernais.

    They were big dogs, fine-nosed, clogged, excellent closers, very difficult to discipline, fast but tough, very scathing, specialized in strong and straight lines.

    They were highly valued at that time for hunting wolf and wild boar.. The Greyhound was very fashionable during 200 years, until the reign of Louis XI, then he was abandoned from the royal packs by Francisco I in favor of “White dog”.

    However, some knights of the “Nivernais” they kept it until the French Revolution, when the race seemed to have disappeared. A century later, the last representatives of the greyhounds, kept in the cradle of the breed, were probably crossed with “Griffons de Bresse” to give the Griffon Nivernais.

    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, received blood from English Foxhound and Grand Griffon Vendéen to give it size and speed.

    The “Vendéen-Nivernais”, in particular, crossed paths with Bloodhound to create the Otterhound. The latter was used to soak the “Nivernais“, giving them a rustic nose and wisdom, and improved the ability to approach.

    Closer to our time, after having been through wars with difficulty, and thanks to the development of wild boar populations, their number grew steadily from the decade of 1970. More recently, some users injected blue blood to give him throat and application at work, often at the expense of his love of hunting wild boar.

    Photo: This dog is a french Griffon Nivernais by Alephalpha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics “Griffon Nivernais”

    The Griffon Nivernais is recognizable in particular by its furry appearance with its long, well stocked and messy fur. This last, which is rough and hard, it is always charcoal color, namely, sandy or leonado with black spots, but there are also white hairs here and there on his fur that draw shades from light gray to dark gray.

    Sad expression, almost shy, giving dark eyes and pronounced eyebrows is also a characteristic of this breed.

    The Griffon Nivernais it is a medium-sized dog with a robust gait and dry limbs. His tail is not very long, but they carry it tall and even saber-shaped when in action.

    Character and skills “Griffon Nivernais”

    GRIFFON NIVERNAIS CLUB – centrale-canine.fr

    The Griffon Nivernais has a well marked character, sometimes stubborn, which makes it a highly prized hunting dog for its value, resistance and initiative.

    It is generally reduced to its simplest expression: it is a dog destined almost exclusively for hunting wild boar

    They are made to live in a herd where they must excel to have their place. But, for this reason, he is also a dog that can be difficult to train. Therefore, best suited to a master already experienced in dog breeding.

    Nonetheless, the Griffon Nivernais is calm and obedient when well trained. He is also an energetic dog. He is very close to his teacher.

    Care and maintenance “Griffon Nivernais”

    The Griffon Nivernais it is an outdoor dog that needs physical exercise. That's why it doesn't adapt to city life, and above all it is not made to live locked in an apartment.

    Regarding maintenance, the Griffon Nivernais does not require any particular care apart from a normal brushing once a week and another, more thorough, with an iron brush to thoroughly clean dead hairs and your skin, At least once a year.

    Health “Griffon Nivernais”

    The Griffon Nivernais it is a dog resistant to cold and humidity. On the other hand, afraid of heat.

    It is a dog prone to stomach twists. That is why you should not do intense physical exercise before and immediately after your meals.. In all other respects, no known diseases specific to your breed.

    Characteristics “Griffon Nivernais”

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Griffon Nivernais” 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.

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    Videos “Griffon Nivernais”

    Griffons Nivernais to orders
    Griffon nivernais and two wild boars

    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 17
    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
    • UKCScenthounds
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard “Griffon Nivernais”

    “Griffon Nivernais” FCI Grifón del Nivernais FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Griffon Nivernais (English).
      2. Griffon Nivernais (French).
      3. Griffon Nivernais (German).
      4. Griffon Nivernais (Portuguese).
      5. Griffon Nivernais (Spanish).

    Fawn Brittany Griffon
    Francia FCI 66 - Medium-sized Hounds

    Fawn Brittany Griffon

    Its sociable, loving, balanced and very kind to people, what makes them good companions.

    Content

    History

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon it is one of the oldest breeds of French trace dogs, since in the fourteenth century a certain Huet des Ventes already had a pack of that type. Widely used until the 19th century for wolf hunting in Brittany, rested when these animals disappeared.

    In the 1949, The Brittany Fawn Club was created by Marcel Pambrun to dedicate himself to preserving the value of these dogs, that had become scarce. Since the decade of the years 80, under the impulse of Bernard Vallée, the Fawn Brittany Griffon, as well as the race derived from it, the Fawn Brittany Basset, they seem to have made a place for themselves among French track dogs. The motto "hunting first and foremost" continues to be the Club's line of conduct.

    Photo: This is a french dog Griffon Fauve de Bretagne by Alephalpha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon it is mostly a hunting dog with a muscular body. They are recognized by their short hair, rough and dry, always tawny in color but with more or less pronounced tones. Its hair is slightly longer on the sides of its elongated snout, forming a kind of mustache. Her small dark brown eyes give her a lively and alert appearance. His ears, quite large, they stand low and take falls. They are covered with shorter and finer hair than the rest of the body.

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon has a medium-length tail, sickle-shaped, which is thick at the base and more tapered at the tip. When active, this dog makes quick lateral movements with his tail.

    Size: 48 – 56 cm.
    Weight: 18 – 20 kg

    Character and skills “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    Proud, bold and alive, the Fawn Brittany Griffon he is a stubborn and passionate hunter, that adapts easily to all territories and all game animals. Brave, witty, tenacious and diligent, he is also entrepreneurial and efficient, while demonstrating your ability to convene.

    Its sociable, loving, balanced and very kind to people, what makes them good companions.

    If he is well trained, is obedient and has a good memory.

    Caring for the “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon not cut out for city living. He is quite used to living in a pack in a kennel. It is a dog that needs long walks in the forest in particular. If you grow up in the city, your master must be able to offer you very frequent and stimulating outings.

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon does not require any particular maintenance except brushing once or twice a week.

    The health of the “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    The Fawn Brittany Griffon he is a robust dog, tough and in pretty solid health. However, can be prone to ear infections and eye problems. This dog can also suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia.

    Characteristics “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Fawn Brittany Griffon” 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.

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    Images “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    Photos:

    1 – Fawn Brittany Griffon female by Canarian, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    2 – Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, 6 Month by Markus Seim, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    3 – Lion Griffon from Britain by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/481096
    4 – Lion Griffon from Britain by https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/basset-fauve-de-bretagne/

    Videos “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    Griffon Fauve de Bretagne ?? Everything Dog Breeds ??
    Griffon Fauve de Bretagne Ari en Theo. Trimmer at home. Home Grooming

    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 66
    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
    • UKCScenthounds
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard “Fawn Brittany Griffon”

    “Fawn Brittany Griffon” FCI Lion Griffon of Brittany FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Griffon fauve de Bretagne (English).
      2. Fauve de Bretagne (French).
      3. Griffon Fauve de Bretagne (German).
      4. Griffon fauve de Bretagne (Portuguese).
      5. Griffon fauve de Bretagne (Spanish).

    Briquet Griffon Vendéen
    Francia FCI 19 - Medium-sized Hounds

    Briquet Griffon Vendéen

    Long lasting, fast and robust, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen he is a passionate hunter with extraordinary instincts.

    Content

    History

    The selection of Briquet Griffon Vendéen dates back to before WWI, and was made by the Count of Elva.

    It is a harmonious and enhanced reduction of Grand Griffon Vendéen. It is a distinguished dog and quite robust in its construction. Several times decimated during wars, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen reappears at Fontenay-le-Comte in 1946.

    Today, there are many excellent quality individuals. In 1995, a group of Briquets they won the french roe deer cup, and numerous dogs work on the foot of the boar.

    It is the only breed that retains the name of “Briquet“, that means “medium size dog”.

    Photo: This is a Briquet Griffon Vendéen. His name is Unno du Sentier D’Aimeron by Alephalpha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    The Briquet Griffon Vendéen it is a common griffon of medium size. The head and body are collected. The head, quite light, shows parallel lines of skull and muzzle. The cranium, pretty short, is slightly domed with a well-marked stop. Eyes are dark brown. The flexible ones, narrow and thin ears are medium long and turned inward. The short tail is thick at birth and gradually tapers towards the tip. Carries like a saber blade.

    The coat is well proportioned, hard and rough without ever being woolly. The most common coat is white and orange. Other coats are black and white, black and Brown, black and sand, tricolor, charcoal sand color with or without white.

    SIZE:
    Height to the cross: In males: of 50 - 55 cm., in females: of 48 - 53 cm..

    Character and skills “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    Long lasting, fast and robust, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen he is a passionate hunter with extraordinary instincts. They are stubborn, enterprising and capable of taking initiative. Therefore, the teacher must be obeyed.

    Entrepreneurs and determined, they are also resistant and robust. However, he is not very patient and can be bitten.

    It's a hound, used for hunting big game, the hare and the fox. Adapts to city life and makes a proper watchdog.

    Characteristics “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Briquet Griffon Vendéen” 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.

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    Images “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    Photos:

    1 – A Medium Griffon Vendéen. Colour: white by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    2 – Medium Vendéen Griffon, Griffon Vendéen lighter by Canarian, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    3 – Briquet Grifón Vendeano by https://pin.it/1GsizhZ
    4 – Briquet Grifón Vendeano by http://www.adopt-a-griffon.eu/en/breeds/briquet-griffon-vendeen-2/

    Videos “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    Briquet Griffon Vendéen ?? Everything Dog Breeds ??
    Briquet Griffon Vendeen

    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 19
    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
    • UKCScenthounds
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard “Briquet Griffon Vendéen”

    “Briquet Griffon Vendéen” FCI Briquet Grifón Vendeano FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Medium Vendéen Griffon (English).
      2. Briquet griffon vendéen (French).
      3. Briquet griffon vendéen (German).
      4. Briquet griffon vendéen (Portuguese).
      5. Briquet griffon vendéen (Spanish).

    Blue Gascony Griffon
    Francia FCI 32 - Medium-sized Hounds

    Blue Gascony Griffon

    Originally bred for their tracking qualities, the Blue Gascony Griffon They are also affectionate companion dogs

    Content

    History

    As its name implies, the roots of Blue Gascony Griffon are intimately linked to the former French region of Gascony, which includes the lands between Bordeaux, Toulouse and Pyrenees. Some writings from the 14th century tell of the existence of a blue-haired hunting dog that was effective in tracking wild boar and deer., which is probably his ancestor.

    Although we know with some accuracy where the race originated, it is more difficult to trace your family tree accurately before the decade of 1920.

    However, it is believed to be a cross between the Great Gascony Blue, which in turn is the product of several crosses of old hounds (including the Bloodhound), and a french griffon: or the Griffon Nivernais or the Grand Griffon Vendéen. It is not possible to establish precisely which of the two is, because the available descriptions are too imprecise, but at least it is acquired that it is a French griffon.

    In 1920, a special normalization commission of the club Great Gascony Blue, of the Small Blue Gascony and of the Blue Gascony Griffon first established a standard for the latter, what allowed the Livre des Origines Français (LOF) officially differentiate him from his cousins. In fact, Until then it was considered a simple variety of the Great Gascony Blue. However, was not up 1963 which was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).

    This did not prevent the gradual decline of the breed, in particular due to its geographic isolation and confidentiality. In fact, was close to extinction, so that in 1977 only 10 individuals of 3 different lines were listed in the LOF. However, the situation improved considerably in the following years, since the number exceeded 100 in 1981.

    At the beginning of the decade of 1990, the breed even saw a major revival in popularity with hunting enthusiasts, both in France and abroad (dog exports to Italy, Switzerland, Mauritius, Canada, Netherlands…), which led to an increase in the number of births. Thus, the number of annual registrations of the LOF increased less than 80 prior to 1990 to more than 500 in 1994, and even more than 800 in 1996, before stabilizing between 700 and 800 in the following years.

    This madness in France and abroad led to United Kennel Club, one of the leading organizations in the United States, to recognize the race in 1991. However, didn't actually make emulators: for example, neither him American Kennel Club (AKC), neither him Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), nor the prestigious British Kennel Club took the step.

    Aware of the danger that this sudden interest could represent for the health of the few remaining specimens, with the risk, in particular, of health abuses caused by an intensive breeding program to meet a high demand, the Club of Small Blue Gascony, of the Gascon Saintongeois and Ariégeois, in charge of the improvement of the race and affiliated with the Société Centrale Canine (SCC), proposed to the Conservatory of Regional Biological Heritage the elaboration of a safeguarding and improvement plan. This approach (and the strict breeding practices that followed it) contributed to the preservation of the good health of the breed, without hindering its development. Therefore, in the first decade of the century, about 850 births were counted each year by the LOF. Since then, the figure has decreased slightly, but there is still an average of 600 - 700 by year.

    Photo: French Blue Gascony Griffon: Griffon Bleu de Gascogne by Alephalpha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    The Blue Gascony Griffon it is rustic and of solid construction. Very athletic, has a well-developed chest and a short, straight back that extends into a rather shaggy tail carried like a saber blade.

    The head is ogival shaped, slightly vaulted, with a full forehead and a snout with a slight stop, sometimes slightly arched. The nose is black and wide. The eyes are oval, and its color varies between dark chestnut and brown. In addition, despite his wide eyebrows, his look is very expressive. Located just below the eye line, the ears are flexible, curly and not very pointed, and reach the tip of the nose.

    The mark of this dog is its hard and rough coat, giving it a slightly shaggy look. The coat is completely black and white, giving it the slate blue glow that gave it its name. Your body may also have a few more or less extensive black spots. In the head, there are usually two black spots on each side of the skull, covering ears, wrapping the eyes and stopping at the cheeks. These spots are separated in the upper part of the skull by a white hole, in the middle of which there is usually a small oval black spot, typical of the breed. More or less bright brown marks also color the upper part of the eyebrow, cheeks, whisker pads, the inside of the ear, as well as the limbs and the lower part of the tail.

    Last but not least, sexual dimorphism is only slightly pronounced in this breed: the female is generally only a few centimeters smaller than the male.

    Size:

    • Males of 50 - 57 cm.
    • Females of 48 - 55 cm..
    • Weight: 18 - 20 kg

    Character and skills “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    Originally bred for their tracking qualities, the Blue Gascony Griffon They are also affectionate companion dogs that adapt well to family life, as long as the family is active. Loyal and very attached to their teachers, as shown through various displays of affection, accompany them in all their activities with great enthusiasm and energy, without the need for undue attention.

    He is a dog that loves children, with whom he is very patient and gentle. Generally well returned, representing excellent playmates for him, also brimming with energy. It is much less suitable for the elderly, they will soon find it exhausting.

    Used to living in a group, can be alone during the day, but you only prosper if you have company at all times. Adopting an extra dog can be a solution to help you cope with the absence of its owner.

    People and animals who are strangers to the dog generally receive a reserved but not aggressive welcome. Take the time to observe them before deciding what attitude to adopt.

    This relative distance does not make it a good guardian, especially because it is not very territorial. In fact, if he barks when he sees a newcomer, it is more to announce your presence than to prevent you from passing and dissuade you from moving on.

    Living with other dogs in the house is perfectly possible and usually does not pose any particular problem. Even when you don't know them yet, the Blue Gascony Griffon he is very sociable with his companions, and is both curious and peaceful once introduced. They don't try to dominate other dogs, and they will only attack if they are repeatedly and aggressively confronted by them.

    On the other hand, it is not a good idea to try to get him to live in a house that also has a cat or small pet (like a rodent or a bird). Being a hunter at heart, I'd tend to relentlessly chase him around the house, even if you receive a strict education on the subject.

    True electric battery and always with the truffle glued to the ground, the Blue Gascony Griffon only really blooms in large spaces and garden houses. Although he likes to gasp for hours at his family's feet, not a city dweller, and is very likely to attract the ire of the neighborhood with his inopportune howls. By the way, can live perfectly well in an outdoor dog house, as long as you have enough to stimulate your intelligence and abilities – especially through play sessions with his teacher.

    He particularly likes to snoop, sniff out clues and follow them to their source without being distracted by anything. This trait is very popular with hunting dogs., but it is more problematic for companion dogs, as it can lead them to run away or stubbornly go in one direction while walking. A high fence should be provided at home, and a strong strap should be used to keep its paws – if you are not paying attention – To walk. A connected GPS collar can also be a good investment to make sure you know when he's out for a walk at all times.

    Besides hunting, this hardworking and hardy dog ​​has a taste for many other activities. Enjoy throwing games (to be played in moderation, as they reinforce their chasing instinct), object hunting games (that challenge your exceptional sense of smell), the long walks, the race, swimming or even canicross, in which it excels. Almost everything can be found thanks to your eyes, as long as it comes to exercising and / or pleasing your master.

    In any case, if your significant need for exercise is not met, It is likely to attack objects and plants in the house to evacuate its excess energy, or even your stress.

    Education “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    The kindness of the Blue Gascony Griffon and his loyalty make him an obedient and diligent student. However, do not forget that he is an intelligent dog, which means it learns commands as fast as nonsense.

    In addition, it is important to socialize him from an early age to limit his shyness and natural distrust of people and dogs he does not know. This is especially true if you are intended for hunting, since then it is more likely that you will meet other dogs that you do not know.

    Having said that, they are quite docile companions, easy to train and educate: an ideal breed of dog for a novice master. However, be aware that obedience is achieved more through cooperation than coercion. Therefore, it is just as important to congratulate and / or reward him whenever an order has been well executed as it is to reprimand him with a firm voice when he does something stupid. By the way, being firm does not mean being aggressive: yelling or being aggressive will only make them run away, or it will even make them suspicious and stressed.

    Hunting training can begin as soon as 6 months after learning the basic commands. Treasure hunting is recommended to help you develop your sense of smell and intelligence, while the presence of more experienced dogs can help you get used to the noise of guns and the company of strange dogs.

    Health and care “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    Sturdy and durable, the Blue Gascony Griffon it is made for outdoor living and can withstand both heat and cold.

    The main health problems observed in this breed are related to outdoor life and, in particular, with hunting: fractures, wounds, bites, as well as diseases transmitted by parasites (piroplasmosis, leptospirosis, etc.).

    You also have a predisposition to stomach inversion (stomach dilation-torsion syndrome).

    In addition, the hanging shape of your ears poses a risk of increased ear infections.

    Last but not least, your voracity makes you prone to obesity, especially if your activity level is still limited. This can facilitate the onset and aggravate the impact of various ailments and constitutes a true vicious cycle, since an overweight dog tends to be less active and therefore… fatter.

    Go through a serious breeder of Blue Gascony Griffon allows you to put all the possibilities on your part to adopt a puppy in good health (and that remains so). The professional must be able to present a certificate issued by a veterinarian certifying that he is indeed healthy, as well as details of the vaccines administered to the animal, recorded in your health book (or vaccination book).

    In addition, as with any dog, excessive activity should be avoided until you reach adulthood. In fact, the bones and joints of a growing puppy are particularly fragile, and problems at this level could have lifelong consequences (malformations, etc.).

    At last, but the Blue Gascony Griffon is generally in good health, this does not mean that you should not wear it regularly (At least once a year) to the vet for a complete health check, that allows you to detect any problems as soon as possible. It is also the occasion to carry out your vaccination reminders, that are especially important to a dog like him, who usually spends a lot of time outdoors. Your antiparasitic treatments are at least as important; your landlord should make sure to renew them whenever necessary.

    The price of a “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    The price of a puppy Blue Gascony Griffon in France it is between 900 and 1400 EUR, depending on the prestige of the kennel, the lineage from which it comes and its intrinsic characteristics (more or less conformity to the breed standard, physical qualities, etc.).

    Outside france, it is very difficult to find a breeder of Blue Gascony Griffon. The most likely option is then to import one from your country of origin. If required, transportation and administrative costs are added to the purchase price of the animal and, of course, it is advisable to know and respect the regulations regarding the importation of a dog from abroad.

    Characteristics “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Blue Gascony Griffon” 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.

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    Images “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    Photos:

    1 – A Blue Gascony Griffon female by Canarian, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    2 – Blue griffin from Gascony by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/1331479
    3 – Blue griffin from Gascony by https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1089317
    4 – Blue griffin from Gascony by http://www.adopt-a-griffon.eu/en/breeds/griffon-bleu-de-gascogne/

    Videos “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    Griffons bleus au Concours de meutes à Pranles
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    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI: 32
    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
    • UKCScenthounds
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard “Blue Gascony Griffon”

    “Blue Gascony Griffon” FCI Blue griffin from Gascony FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Griffon Bleu de Gascogne (English).
      2. Griffon Bleu de Gascogne (French).
      3. Griffon bleu de Gascogne (German).
      4. Griffon bleu de Gascogne (Portuguese).
      5. Griffon Bleu de Gascogne (Spanish).
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