There are four different spaniel breeds in France – Picard, Pont-Audemer, French and Breton. Although it cannot be called handsome, this muscular hunting dog is elegant and charming.
French specialists argue about the origin of the name spaniel. Some believe that the word "spaniel" (Spanish) indicates the origin of the long-haired hunting dogs from the Spain. Others think that "spaniel" derives from the verb characterized the style of work of hunting dogs - "s'espaignir", which means "lie down, stretch out".
The Picardy Spaniel appeared during the 19th century. It is the ancestor of the Blue Picardy Spaniel. Only a handful of Kennels still develop the breed and puppies for sale can be found mostly in France and Canada.
This animal measures between 56 and 61 cm at the withers and weighs about 20 kg. The color is mottled gray and black on white background, giving him more or less blue reflections. The hair is pressed to the body, with some undulating strands on the ears, legs and under the tail. It has long legs similar to those of the Setter.
Its snout is long and wide with beautiful silky ears. The chest is medium in size, the front and back are well developed. His tail does not drop below the hock.
The main color is brown, but there are some representatives with a gray coat. It possesses great speed and an elegant muzzle.
Character and behavior
This is a versatile hunting dog, known for its ability to locate and bring the game through swamps or rough terrain. The Picardy Spaniel is a quiet dog, but needs a lot of exercise. It loves to play and is very obedient, making it a much appreciated companion.
Indeed, the character of this dog is reflected in his smart and welcoming look. Very often the Picardy Spaniel is defined as one of the smartest dogs. These reviews are made not only by fans of the breed but also by professional trainers, whose statements are sufficiently objective.
Training and education
From the moment you take your puppy, you must show it with patience and persistence who the boss is, what it can and cannot do. You have to stop any attempts of disobedience - resolutely, but without harshness. In addition to general approaches in educating the Picardy Spaniel, you must teach it how to behave properly in search of prey - to find and kill without doing any damage.
There aren't any genetic diseases specific to this breed. The Picardy Spaniel is prone to eye infections, which are very common in dogs with floppy ears, like other spaniels. Its life expectancy is about 14 to 15 years
Grooming and care
There is no need to spend hours for maintenance. In most cases it is sufficient to comb once a week. If your dog works in the dense undergrowth, you should examine it regularly for ticks. In terms of food the Picardy Spaniel is easygoing and does not eat much.
Children and other pets
At home this hilarious and loyal companion could live peacefully with your other pets. But if the spaniel is not working in the field, this energetic dog will focus its hunting instinct to another kind of activity.
It is particularly kind with children.
The Picardy Spaniel was exported to Canada by Ronald Miller of Saint-Julien in 1987 and the breed was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club on June 1, 1995. It is also recognized by the American Rare Breed Association, which uses the standard set by the FCI. This breed is very little known even in its country of origin.