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Blue Picardy Spaniel

Blue Picardy Spaniel
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Origin / History The Blue Picardy Spaniel originated in France. The first French Spaniels were the ones that French knights brought with them to the Middle East. Those French Spaniels interbred with Arabian Greyhounds. Over time, the French Spaniels were categorised into regional types. During the latter years of the 19th century, British hunters and their dogs came to hunt in the moors and marshes of Picardie, France. When the British quarantine was implemented, there were many English hunters who left their dogs on Picardie farms.

Blue Picardy Spaniels have been developed by crossing grey and black Picardy Spaniels with Gordon or English Setters. This breed was first recognised in 1938. These dogs were also in danger of becoming extinct, but breeders and hunters continued breeding these dogs to increase their number. Blue Picardy Spaniels aren't popular outside France. In fact, dogs of this breed remain in the Somme region of France because they are overshadowed by other more popular breeds.

AppearanceThese dogs have a strong body with well-arched ribs and a deep chest. They have a fairly large head with a relatively broad skull that is oval in shape. Their nose bridge is long and fairly broad. The nose of these dogs is wide, and their flews are large. Their ears are covered with hair and set just slightly above eye level. These dogs have large, dark eyes. Their hair may be either slightly wavy or flat with feathering on their tail and legs.

Colours The coat of these dogs is flecked black or grey, which creates a bluish cast. These dogs may also have black spots. Puppies are usually white-grey when born and they darken in colour as they grow older.

Temperament These dogs are very active, courageous and alert, which makes them excellent hunters. They are versatile working dogs known for their ability to locate and retrieve game even in harsh terrain and adverse conditions. At home, they are well-mannered, patient, and calm. They can even get along well with children as well as with other pets. These dogs can be reserved with strangers, but are friendly with those they already know well. Human companionship is important for these dogs, so they should not be left alone for long periods of time. These dogs also like it when they are given something to do. When kept as pets, owners should make sure that they allow these dogs to engage in physical activities

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of 23 1/2 inches, and females are slightly shorter than that. These dogs weigh approximately 45 pounds.

Common Health Problems This breed is fairly healthy and exhibits no known genetic health problems. Ailments affecting Blue Picardy Spaniels are those that affect other dog breeds as well.

Living Conditions Blue Picardy Spaniels adapt well to most climates. These dogs aren't advisable for apartment dwellers. It's best for these dogs to be given acreage or at least a large yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Dogs of this breed should be given plenty of exercise. Owners should take these dogs out for long walks daily. It's also advisable for these dogs to be given the chance to run around and play in a large, secure area. These dogs also do well when they are given a job to do.

Training Requirements Blue Picardy Spaniels should be trained using gentle training methods. It's also important that these dogs are socialized at an early age.

Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 12 to 14 years.

Grooming Dogs of this breed are easy to groom and care for. Owners just need to brush and comb the coat of their dogs at least once a week to get rid of loose and dead hairs.

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