Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Epagneul Pont Audemer Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 4-6 Puppies Breed Group UKC - Gundog
Breed Appearance It is different from most sporting dog breeds
in the USA and UK in its length, and the pointed quality of the
muzzle. The Pont-Audemer Spaniel's coat is curly or, at the very
least, quite wavy, but smooth around the face. The most common
pattern is brown and white roan but a solid brown coat. Both coat
patterns can have red-brown “dead leaf glints”. The hair on the face
is short. The topknot can take up to five years to fully develop.
Most Pontos have docked tails. Tails that are left intact are
usually well feathered like that of a setter, although it is not
unheard of for a Ponto to have the shorthaired “rat-tail” of an
Irish Water Spaniel.
Breed Description Head: Slender. Round skull with a very
curly topknot. Prominent occipital peak. Pronounced stop. Long
nosebridge with a bump in the middle. Lips thin, not very pendulous.
Pointed, brown nose. Ears: Set on fairly low, flat, moderately thick, long, and
covered with long, silky, very curly hair that blends with the
topknot, framing the head. Eyes: Fairly small, dark amber or hazel. Body: Straight or slightly domed back. Very slightly sloping
croup Tail: Carried fairly straight. Usually docked to one-third its
length, thickly covered with curly hair. If not docked, it should be
medium in length and slightly curved. Hair: Curly and slightly rough. Very dense. Coat: Brown, preferably mottled brown and grey, with dead
foliage highlights. Size: 52 to 58 cm (20.5-23 in). Weight: Approx. 20 kg (44 lb).
History Developed in the nineteenth century, the
Pont-Audemer Spaniel is believed to be descended from an old spaniel
breed native to Pont Audemer, in the Eure region of France, crossed
with the Irish Water Spaniel. The Picardy Spaniel and the Barbet may
also have contributed to the breed. The Pont-Audemer Spaniel has
been represented by the Picardy Spaniel Club since 1980. Already
fairly rare by the early twentieth century, the Pont-Audemer Spaniel
is still quite limited in number.
Behavior Tough, hardy, and vigorous, the Pont-Audemer
Spaniel is remarkably resistant to cold and bad weather. A flusher,
he plows through thickets, but water is his element. He was bred to
hunt waterfowl, including duck. Skilled at tracking a wide variety
of game, he is a firm pointer and a perfect retriever. Affectionate,
gentle with children, and very attached to his owner, he makes a
good pet. His training need not be too rigorous.
Health Alopecia has been reported in the Pont-Audemer
Spaniel, appearing first between the ages of seven and eighteen
months. The ears and nose areas are primarily affected.
Advice He can adapt to city life but needs lots of
exercise. He also requires weekly brushing.