The Picardy Spaniel

Quick Facts

- Good for novice dog owners
- Good with children
- Good with other dogs and cats
- Medium size
- Medium-high exercise needs
- Medium shedding
- Low guard dog abilities
- High ease of training

The Picardy Spaniel originally hails from France. It is closely related to the Blue Picardy Spaniel and shares many similarities with it, but it is a completely separate breed and is the older of the two. The Picardy Spaniel is one of the oldest Spaniel breeds in the world. At one time, they were extremely popular with the French nobility who enjoyed hunting, but they fell out of popularity in the early 20th century when many of the English hunting dogs came on the scene.

Picardy Spaniels are capable of working on any terrain, in any weather conditions. They have been used to hunt both fur and feathered game; however, their speciality is hunting ducks in marshes. They are excellent trackers and pointers.

Temperament:
Picardy Spaniels are good-natured cheerful dogs. They are intelligent and eager to please, and respond well to positive reward focused training. They are obedient dogs, not given to trouble making. They are a fine choice for novice dog owners.

Picardy Spaniels are very devoted dogs that bond closely with their family. They love affection and are happiest when they are at their owner’s side. They like to be included in everything that is going on and will not be happy if left out. They are playful and gentle with children, and make excellent additions to an active family. Most Picardy Spaniels are good with other household dogs and cats, especially when raised with them, but some may chase small animals like rabbits and pet rodents.

Picardy Spaniels are essentially country dogs; they are most comfortable in an area where they have room to run. However, they can do well in the city with an active owner. They require at least an hour or two of exercise daily to keep them fit and happy. They are excellent dogs for outdoor enthusiasts as they make wonderful jogging, bicycling, hiking, camping, fishing and boating companions. Picardy Spaniels are excellent swimmers and retrievers, and will happily spend hours swimming or chasing a ball. They are great dogs to train for agility and obedience trials, field and tracking trials, flyball and conformation shows. They can be trained to do search and rescue work and make wonderful therapy dogs.

Picardy Spaniels are sociable dogs that are usually friendly with strangers and are a little too sweet natured to be considered good guard dogs. They are usually not given needless noise making. They enjoy time outside and like to have a backyard to play in, but should not be solely relegated to the backyard; they need human companionship. Like any dog, they require early and thorough training and socialization with different people, other animals and situations to ensure they become confident well-balanced adults.

Appearance and Grooming:
The Picardy Spaniel is a medium sized dog that measures 22–24 inches at their withers and weighs 44-55 pounds when full grown. They have medium length wavy coats that come in chestnut brown and white or chocolate brown. Their grooming needs are minimal, only requiring a quick brushing weekly to keep them neat and tidy. Their ears should be cleaned regularly to help prevent ear infections.

Health:
The Picardy Spaniel is a hardy breed prone to no hereditary health issues other than ear infections. When overfed and under exercised, they can be become obese. Their average life span is around 14 years.


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