Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Picardy Spaniel Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group UKC - Gundog
Breed Appearance The breed has a squarely built muscular body
and an oval shaped head with a long muzzle and long ears that hang
fairly low. Its coat can vary in colors from chocolate, chestnut
brown and white with sandy colored markings on the head and white or
grey spots on the legs. Its hair is abundant with a slight wave,
enabling it to work in dense cover and even in water.
Breed Description Head: Strong. Broad, rounded skull.
Pronounced occipital peak. Sloping stop. Broad, long nosebridge.
Lips not too pendulous. Brown nose. Ears: Set on fairly low, framing the head well, covered with
silky, wavy hair. Eyes: Dark amber. Body: Athletic. Well-muscled neck. Deep, fairly broad chest let
down to elbow. Loin very straight, broad, and thick. Hips slightly
lower than withers. Flat flanks. Moderate tuck-up. Croup rounded,
very slightly sloping. Tail: Forming two loose curves inward and outward, not too
long. Covered with silky hair. Hair: Medium in length, thick, not very silky. Fine on the
head. Slightly wavy on the body. Coat: Grey, spotted, with brown blotches on various parts of
the body and the base of the tail, usually with tan markings on the
head and legs. Size: 55 to 60 cm (22-23.5 in). Weight: 20 to 25 kg (44-55 lb).
History The Picardy Spaniel has long been known in
France's Somme Valley. Like the French Spaniel, he is descended from
the old, longhaired Chien d'Oysel (setter) used to point game birds
in the Middle Ages. Some believe the Picardy Spaniel is a cousin to
the setters. After a decline in popularity in the late nineteenth
century, the breed was shown in Paris in 1904, renewing the interest
of hunters. The first standard was written in 1908. The Picardy
Spaniel has never been common outside his native region.
Behavior This hardy dog with great endurance and a
remarkable nose works well on any kind of terrain, especially
swampland. He is a persistent hunter, a perfect pointer, and an
excellent retriever. He works well on duck and woodcock, as well as
rabbit and hare. Merry, gentle, friendly, and good-natured, he makes
a delightful pet.
Health The Picardy Spaniel has no known hereditary
Advice He is very poorly suited to apartment life. He
needs space and regular exercise, as well as weekly combing and
brushing and regular attention to the ears.