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GENERALBreed group: Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Retrieving, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 45-55 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 Years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Picardy Spaniel is a hunting gundog that originated in the valley of Somme in Picardy region of France. This dog is believed to have originated from ancient French Spaniel, known as Oysel dog. Related to Blue Picardy Spaniel, having many similarities but the Picardy Spaniel is the older of the two breeds. Also, apart from softer nature of Blue Picardy Spaniel, the other obvious difference is in coat colour which is blue for Blue Picardy Spaniel and brown for Picardy Spaniel. Also noticeable is the fact that Picardy Spaniel was crossed with British Setters to create Blue Picardi Spaniel. This breed is also one of the two oldest continental dog breeds. It was highly valued by French nobility for its hunting skills and even temperament. It is a medium size robust and energetic dog that is known for exceptional hunting prowess over different types of terrain and under harsh weather conditions. Though the dog can hunt all sorts of furred and feathered game, its specialty is duck, waterfowls and hares. This elegant breed stands between 22-24 inches and weighs about 45-55 lbs. Its squarely built body comes with a well rounded skull and long, wide muzzle that tapers with an arched nose bridge to medium size brown nose. Friendly and frank well opened amber eyes indicate friendly nature of this dog. Long hair, that are set low and hang down the head, are covered with silky and wavy hair. Neck is muscular and well set into shoulders. Square body comes with deep and wide chest, slightly arched topline, strong and straight loin and slightly tucked up, deep and flat flanks. Its dense and fine coat is slightly wavy on the body and comes in brown roan color with brown patches on different parts of the body. Though NOT recognized by AKC, this breed is recognized by UKC, ARBA, CKC and FCI.
Coat colors are usually chocolate, chestnut brown and white. The coat is heavily ticked giving an impression of two toned brown roan. The dog may have sandy colored markings on the head and white or gray spots on the legs.
The Picardy Spaniel has medium length, dense and moderately silky coat that is fine on head and slightly wavy on the rest of the body.
The Picardy Spaniel is not only an exceptional hunting dog but it also has a striking appearance. The owners of this breed hit two birds with one stone as the dog has good working ethics and at the same time has an impressive appearance. And that's not it. It has a very pleasant personality. This is an intelligent, even tempered, well mannered and very loving breed that makes an excellent family pet and hunting companion. This devoted dog forms strong bond with its family. It is very willing and eager to please its family in whatever way it can. It will listen to the commands and act accordingly without hesitation. An amiable and trusting playmate of children, the non-aggressive Picardy Spaniel depends heavily on its master for guidance and instructions. This loving dog loves to be loved and will follow its master all around the house. It is very tolerant of other dogs and generally gets along well with other pets though some dogs may have the tendency to chase small pets. Though relatively inactive indoors, the dog does need a large yard to play and run. This will help this dog to release its unused energy. As a working dog, it has high demands for vigorous exercise.
Medium size coat does not need extensive grooming as the coat will be in top condition with weekly brushing. Ears should be checked regularly.
With docile and amenable nature, the Picardy Spaniel is an easy dog to train. It will respond well to positive reinforcement training that accompanies lots of praise and appreciation.
As a working dog, the Picardy Spaniel has high exercise demands. This breed is suited to active owners with a large yard as daily walks alone will not satisfy its exercise needs. This breed needs vigorous exercise to burn off its high energy levels.