American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Picardy Spaniel


History

Developing in the 1800s in France from the Gordon Setter, Picardy Spaniel and English Setter bloodlines, the Blue Picardy Spaniel was a preferred breed among hunters. This breed did excellent in the fields hunting next to their owners and preformed very well even as a gun dog. Though this breed is a rare breed to the USA and most commonly seen in France and Canada, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is still used as a hunting dog today as well as a wonderful family companion.

Appearance

Males and females typically weighing between 40-45 pounds and measuring 20-24 inches in height, this breed is generally built medium in size and very lean. Their single layer coat should demonstrate a vivid natural shine as well as a feathering or wavy texture all over. Only available in a dark grey/blue and black color combination with variations in the speckling and black marking placement on their body. Please note that each puppy is an individual so some may have more black or blue in their coats than others. Their four lean and long legs stand tall as their feet are round and webbed to help assist them in the water. Their ears are large and pendant shaped, hanging along side of their face. Two precious, round, black eyes and a black nose make this face impossible to say no to as their tail is very long with feathering hair and should be relaxed facing the ground.

Temperament

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is best for very active families or people who enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. A loving, loyal and obedient breed, the Blue Picardy Spaniel does excel when it comes to hunting, however if you happen to fall in-love with the breed and don't hunt, you're still in luck! This breed requires a long daily walk, along with other outdoor activity as long as weather permits. With proper exercise mentally and physically, this breed has a very quiet and calm personality indoors. Wonderful with older children as well as other dogs it is raised with, however not recommended with a household of other pets due to their natural instinct to hunt and retrieve. Please remember that all hunting dogs with a strong sense of smell, will wander while outdoors if not on a proper leash and harness or inside of a proper fenced yard. It is important to give this breed free roaming and exercise so we encourage owners of this breed to install a fenced yard to ensure your new puppy's happiness and health. This breed requires positive reinforcement training methods only. If you are interested in this breed for a hunting partner, please note that this breed is wonderful on all different types of terrain however they do rank a higher score in open fields.

Grooming

Known for getting ear infections often, please pay close attention to gently cleaning their ears as a regular routine as well as making sure water stays out of them when bathing is needed. Bath and comb when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Blue Picardy Spaniel prior to adding one to your family to ensure that this is the right breed for you. Do not add this breed to your family unless you can make a life long commitment of love and care to him or her. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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