Blue Picardy Spaniel

Blue-Picardy-SpanielBlue Picardy Spaniel History:

Blue Picardy Spaniel originally comes from France. The first black, blue-grey Spaniel was recorded in 1875 while the first Picardy Spaniel in 1904. Because of quarantine restrictions in the United Kingdom, British shooters boarded their dogs in the Picardy area. This caused the development of a new breed called the Blue Picardy Spaniel through the cross breed of the English Setter and the local Spaniel population.

Appearance:

The average weight of Blue Picardy Spaniel is 43-45 pounds while the average height 22-24 inches. Its coat, which is flat or a little wavy, is speckled grey black forming a bluish shade, with some black patches. It has long legs and muzzle, as well as thick ears. The chest is medium-sized and both the forequarters and hindquarters are well muscled. The tail is normally straight. Blue Picardy Spaniel has many similarities with Picardy Spaniel. The main difference is that Picardy has a brown coat whereas the Blue Picardy has a black and grey coat. Another is that Blue Picardy has a slightly finer nose.

Temperament:

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a versatile hunting dog. It has an excellent nose with the ability to locate game in a harsh and adverse terrain and conditions. Even though it is a quiet breed, Blue Picardy Spaniel requires plenty of exercises as it has a high level of stamina. It is a calm, intelligent, responsive and obedient breed. It loves to play and is especially good with children. It also gets along well with other dogs.

Health:

Luckily, unlike most dogs, the Blue Picardy Spaniel has no known genetic health issues. The only problem is that they can be prone to ear infections, which are common among dogs with pendulous ears. Therefore, it is a must to check and clean the ears carefully, especially when the dog has been out in rough or brushy terrain. Its life expectancy is about twelve to fourteen years.