Blue Picardy Spaniel
This superb dog, very original and particular because of his pretty bluish color, has not crossed the French borders. Despite being very appreciated in his country, the Blue Picardy Spaniel has never really managed to get known outside of the French territory. You'll have to go to France to meet him.
Quick Overview of the Blue Picardy Spaniel
- Brave and active
- Very playful
- Always cheerful
- Good working build
- Typical and special appearance
- The fur leaves a bluish impression
- Oval-shaped head
- No particular health problems
- Generally healthy
Temperament of the Blue Picardy Spaniel
Courageous, active and very resistant, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is pleasant, affectionate and full of tenderness with everyone.
Very playful and always cheerful, he is fond of children's games. He loves gentleness and hates any form of brutality.
His education and socialization do not cause any problems.
His excellent temperament makes him a specimen that can become an excellent life companion.
Never aggressive and very sociable with all, both human and animal, he has no problem with anyone who approaches him.
He hates solitude and is always ready to play with anyone who wants to.
Built for work, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is a down to earth breed.
His appearance is very typical and quite particular. This makes him an original and pleasant dog to look at.
His coat leaves a very nice bluish impression coming from his crossbreeding with the Setter.
Compared to his ancestor, he has a slightly finer muzzle and is a little faster.
Between 57 and 60 cm (22.44 to 23.62 inches) for the male
Between 55 and 58 cm (21.65 to 22.83 inches) for the female
Between 15 and 18 kg (33.07 to 39.68 pounds) for the male
Between 15 and 18 kg (33.07 to 39.68 pounds) for the female
The color of his pretty, distinctive coat is a beautiful blackish grey with black spots, giving him a bluish tint coat with black spots.
His hair can be flat or slightly wavy with fringes on the tail and limbs.
His oval shaped head has a marked stop slightly accentuated.
His eyes are very large and dark color.
His rather thick ears are set a little above the eye line and frame the head.
His large nose is all black. His tail has no hook and does not usually extend beyond the hock.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #
Tips About this breed
This tireless pointing dog is a very active hunter, both in the marshes and on the plains.
This game hunter is specialized in woodcock hunting, but he is also very efficient with game birds.
He has a great relationship with water and loves to exercise, he is very enduring.
One of his favourite playgrounds is a wet field.
His socialization and education do not cause any problem because they are both innate in the Blue Picardy Spaniel.
However, his upbringing should not be brutal or aggressive in order to prevent him from rebelling against it, as he does not tolerate violence.
Humans, hunting and exercise are his priorities. He loves the company of humans, never stops during a hunting episode and enjoys exercising without ever getting bored.
His psychic balance depends on the energy spent daily. He must absolutely run as he pleases.
That's why the city isn't his favorite playground. He loves the wide open spaces of the countryside where he can exercise regularly.
If a city dweller wants to own a specimen of this breed, he must really make sure to provide him with all the exercise necessary for his physical and mental health, as well as a large space where he can exercise as he pleases.
Health of the Blue Picardy Spaniel
Robust and without any particular health problems, he generally enjoys good health and long life expectancy.
Some specimens may be affected by ear infections, but regular inspection of the ears generally avoids this type of problem.
His beautiful coat requires daily maintenance with strong and energetic brushing to keep it looking good and healthy.
His pretty hanging ears should also be checked regularly to avoid potential infections. No other special maintenance is required.
History of this breed
The French Spaniel, ancestor of the Blue Picardy Spaniel, seems to have appeared on French territory after the crusades of the 11th century.
Moreover, in the "Livre de Chasse", the 14th century work of Gaston III de Foix-Béam, the French Spaniel is very well described.
Later, after he was introduced in France and following the French Revolution, commoners were allowed to breed their own hunting dogs, and it's then that the French Spaniel began to separate into different breeds according to their own breeding region.
The mouth of the Somme River in France, at the dawn of the 20th century, was a popular spot for small game hunters.
At the time, English hunters came over to France to put their hunting dogs in boarding, at the mouth of the Somme River and in Picardy, following quarantine measures established in England.
It appears that the Blue Picardy Spaniel was born at that time as a result of crossbreeding between the local Spaniel and the English Setter.
The breed was not standardized right away. It took several more years before his homogeneity was really fixed.
The Picardy Spaniel and the Blue Picardy were long considered a common breed, but around 1907, the two breeds were officially separated.
It is in 1938 that he is recognized as a breed in his own right and in 1987 that his first standard is published. In spite of this, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is not recognized all over the world but only by a handful of dog clubs.
He is a dog with an excellent character that can make a good companion for life.
Created for hunting, he is obviously very appreciated for this sport.
He is an excellent pointing dog that easily finds game and then points it out to the hunter to show him where it is.