Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Blue Picardy Spaniel Life Expectancy Approximately 11-13 Years Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group Sporting - CKC
Breed Appearance What differentiates the Blue Picardy Spaniel
from other French Spaniels is the distinctive grey black speckled
coat that gives a bluish effect. This breed also has blue skin
pigmentation. The dog has an athletic build but the distinctive
medium length hair gives it an elegant appearance. A Blue Picardy
Spaniel has large dark eyes that have a calm expression. The long
broad muzzle appears to be square shaped because of the wide
pendulous lips. The broad nose has well opened nostrils. Ears that
are set above the eye level are quite thick and attractively frame
the head as it is covered with silky wavy hair. The ears are long
reaching the tip of the muzzle.
Breed Description Head: Fairly large. Relatively broad,
oval skull. Pronounced stop. Long, fairly broad nosebridge. Wide
nose. Flews large, very pendulous. Ears: Set on slightly above eye level. Fairly thick, framing
the head. Covered with silky waves of hair. Eyes: Large, dark. Body: Strong. Neck with very slight dewlap allowed. Chest
sufficiently deep. Well-arched ribs. Loin not too heavy. Back not
too long. Slightly sloping croup Tail: Not much longer than the hock. Never hooked. Hair: Flat or slightly wavy. Feathering on the legs and tail. Coat: Flecked grey or black, creating a bluish cast, with black
spots. Size: Approx. 20 kg (44 lb).. Weight: Dog: 57 to 60 cm (22.5-23.5 in). Bitch: slightly less
History The Blue Picardy Spaniel is believed to be the
product of crosses between black and grey Picardy Spaniels and
English or Gordon Setters. The breed was recognized in 1938 and
would have disappeared if not for the efforts of breeders and
hunters. Unable to compete with foreign breeds (like the Labrador
Retriever), the Blue Picardy Spaniel remains confined to the Somme
region of France.
Behavior It is a versatile hunting dog, used for its
ability to locate and retrieve game in harsh and adverse terrain and
conditions. It is not specialised to any one type of terrain, and
tends to score well in field trials. The Blue Picardy is considered
to be a quiet breed, but requires a great deal of exercise as it has
a high level of stamina. It loves to play, and is a responsive and
obedient breed which thrives on human companionship. It is
especially good with children
Health The breed has no known genetic health issues.
Blue Picardy Spaniels can be prone to ear infections, which are
common among dogs with pendulous ears.
Advice He needs space and exercise for his well-being.
He does not like being left alone. He requires regular brushing and
attention to the ears.