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Blue Picardy Spaniel

Blue Picardy Spaniel



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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com
Native Country
France
Other Names
Bleu Picard
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.

Function
Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.