Blue Picardy Spaniel is descendent of the Picardy Spaniel and the English Setters. Relatively quiet, it has a robust built with a muscular body, an oval-shaped head with a long muzzle and long droopy ears.
|Other Names||Epagneul Bleu de Picardie|
|Common Nicknames||Bleu Picard|
|Coat||Flat or somewhat wavy with fringes on ears, legs, underbelly and tail|
|Color||Greyish black dappled coat with shades of blue and some black patches|
|Breed Type||Mixed Breed|
|Group||Hunting, Sporting, Gun Dog|
|Life Span||12 – 14 years|
|Weight||43-45 pounds (19 to 20 kg)|
|Height||22-24 inches (56 to 61cm)|
|Temperament||Intelligent, affectionate, calm, even tempered.|
|Litter Size||6 – 8 puppies|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||France|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||CKC, DRA, FCI,UKC,CKC|
At the end of 19th century, the British hunters came to North West France along with their Setter dogs to hunt wildfowl at the mouth of Somme River. However, due to quarantine restriction of the dog’s re-entry in the U.K, the hunters kept their dogs in the Picardy area close to Somme River. As a result, the English setter bloodline got infused into the local Picardy dogs, leading to the development of the Blue Picardy Spaniel and the Picardy Spaniel.
From 1875 first black, blue-grey coated spaniels started appearing. In 1904 the ‘Picardy Spaniel’ was first shown at the Paris Canine Exhibition as ‘French Spaniel’. Different spaniel breeds were classified after the formation of the Spaniel Club in 1907. In 1921 the Picard Spaniel and Blue Picardy Spaniel Club was formed, and separate breeds of Picardy Spaniel were categorized.
In 1938, the Blue Picardy Spaniel attained separate breed recognition in France. It was first imported into Canada by Ronald Meunier around 1987 and was later recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club on 1 June 1995. The American Rare Breed Association also recognized this breed by using the same standard of Federation Cynologique Internationale.
The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a gentle breed with strong bonding towards family and children making them a superb pet. They also get along with other dogs and pets. It has a great nose with excellent tracking capability. Extrovert and attention loving, these dogs make a fine canine companion for the people who can dedicate sufficient amount of time to them. It is bold and won’t back away from protecting the owner from any kind of threat.
They are excellent swimmers with no hesitation to get into the water. The dogs can do well in an apartment but need adequate daily exercise. Their sporting nature doesn’t allow them to be idle and is ever active.
Blue spaniel dogs are easy to train due to their intelligent and responsive nature. They like to please their owners and are quick learners. A gentle way of training should be adopted to train these dogs.
Emphasize on obedience training since the hunting instinct takes over at times.
Make the dog to respond to your commands and later praise them or give them rewards for doing so.
Games like “find the treat” will be helpful to keep the dog engaged as well as to use his retrieving skills.
Feed these dogs nutritious diet that meets its energy requirement. They must be fed in a controlled way as they tend to become obese.