In France there are four types of spaniel - Breton, French, Picard and Pont-Audemer. Although he can not be called handsome, this muscular hunting dog is charming and elegant.
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 Blue Picardy Spaniel appeared during the twentieth century. He descends from the Picardy Spaniel and the English setter and is considered a quiet dog that requires a lot of exercise. Only a handful of clubs recognize the breed and puppies for sale could be found mostly in France and Canada.
This rare animal measure 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. He has long legs similar to those of the Setter.
His snout is long and wide with beautiful silky ears. The chest is medium in size, the front and back are well muscled. His tail does not drop below the hock.
This breed has similarities with Picardy Spaniel because they have a long common history. The main difference between these two breeds is the coat color, which is brown in the Picardy Spaniel and gray and black in the Blue Picardy Spaniel. This particular color is related to the setter's blood. Moreover he is a bit faster and has a more elegant muzzle.
Character and behavior
This is a versatile hunting dog, known for his ability to locate and bring the game through swamps or rough terrain. The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a quiet dog, but needs a lot of exercise. He loves to play and is very obedient, making him a much appreciated companion.
Indeed, the character of this dog is reflected in his smart and welcoming look. Very often the Blue Picardy Spaniel is define 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 him with patience and persistence who is the boss, what he can and can not do. You have to stop any attempts of disobedience - resolutely, but without harshness. In addition to general approaches in educating the Blue Picardy Spaniel, you must teach him how to behave properly in search of prey - to find and kill without do any damage.
There aren't any genetic diseases specific to this breed. The Blue Picardy Spaniel is prone to eye infections which are very common in dogs with floppy ears, like other spaniels. His life expectancy is about 13 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 him regularly for ticks. In terms of food the Blue 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 his hunting instinct to another kind of activity.
He is particularly kind with children.
The Blue 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 original habitat and is considered in danger of extinction.