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Blue Picady Spaniels: Main CharacteristicsMuse: female Blue Picardy

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is an FCI Group 7 Pointing Dog and a Canadian Kennel Club Group 1 Sporting Dog. The breed is still not very well known by pointer and setter fanciers outside of its native France. Today, it remains confined, with some exceptions, to its original territory in Picardie, France. This is regrettable because it is considered one of the best hunting dogs in the country. There are about four dozen Blue Picardy Spaniels in North America.


Males are 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weigh 45 to 55 pounds. Females are a little smaller. In terms of size, head type and overall proportions, the Blue Picardy Spaniel resembles a setter more than a spaniel. It has a ram-shaped muzzle with a prominent nose. Its eyes are expressive and dark amber in color. Its chest is deep and its legs are strong and well boned with large feet. The Blue Picardy Spaniel has a distinctive blue-grey roan coat with black markings. The coat is flat and straight with feathering on the ears, legs, underside and tail.

The breed has a gentle, acquiescent, affectionate character and is excellent with children and other dogs.

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is well muscled and built for work. It is untiring, able to traverse great distances at trot or gallop depending on the terrain. It has a very fine nose that is certainly "longer" than that of the French Spaniel. Its solid, athletic build accounts for its speed and briskness. This in no way prevents it from being a good dog for the average hunter, because it does not stray far from the gun. Because of its thick coat, shrubs and thorns do not hinder it. The Blue Picardy Spaniel is also an accomplished water dog. Because of its versatility, the Blue Picardy Spaniel can be used successfully with any upland game and waterfowl. He takes to hunting almost instinctively and has an enthusiastic desire to retrieve.

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is one of the easier dogs to train. Its love of hunting is surpassed only by its wish to please its master. Its tractability and even temperament make it an easy dog to handle even for someone with little experience with pointing dogs.

At home, the whole family will appreciate its calm demeanor and its elegant good looks. It is patient and well mannered. Children are certainly the first to adopt the dog because it is gentle and playful. Parents need not fear for the safety of the children, as this dog is never brutal. In spite of this gentleness, the Blue Picardy Spaniel will, when the need arises, be ready to alert and defend its masters.

The Blue Picardy Spaniel demonstrates a general suitability to many people because of his synergetic hunting aptitude and even temperament. Its owners will no doubt be proud of its beautiful blue-grey, roan coat and its heavy feathering which gives an air of elegance to its athletic frame. Faithful, intelligent, obedient and even-tempered, the Blue Picardy Spaniel makes an admirable family pet and hunting companion.


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