Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

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Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

Postby chiendog » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:42 pm

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Lisa and I are down to one dog. Typically we have two or three, and we've had as many as 5 with us during the hunting season. But over the last three years, we've lost three dogs. Two to old age, one to f***ing cancer. So now, all we have is Leo. He's our first Picardy Spaniel, and he's freaking awesome! Here he is in action hunting ruffed grouse with my wife in one of our favourite coverts up here in Manitoba (click HD for best quality). https://youtu.be/BYRwlPnjNRA

So what the heck is the Picardy Spaniel? Basically, it one of several French breeds of "épagneul". "Épagneul" means "long-haired pointing dog" in French but it is usually translated as "spaniel" in English. And that causes all sorts of confusion for English speakers who assume that all 'spaniels' are flushing dogs, not pointing dogs. In fact the spaniel part of the Brittany's name has been dropped in the US and UK. Anywho, think of the Picardy as a kind of setter. It looks like a liver Gordon Setter (and there is surely Gordon and English setter in its background) but it hunts with a more 'continental' style, medium range, lots of run, point and fetch on land and water. For more information about the breed here is the link to the FAQ page on a website I've set up for the North American Picardy Spaniel Alliance. https://www.picardyspaniel.org

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Note: Leo is a good looking Picardy overall, and a heck of a good gun dog. But his coat is too curly for the breed standard. It should be flatter, more like a setter's coat. So have a look at some of the other photos on the website linked above to see what a correct coat should look like.
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Re: Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

Postby Smilin Jack » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:47 am

Question … is there a Blue Picardy Spaniel ? A hunting Buddy just got one or what he says is one ?
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Re: Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

Postby ANick » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:35 am

Definitely there is a 'Blue Picardy'. They are separate breeds, but they seem to have teamed up to reduce admin costs, so to speak, for the breed clubs. As best I understand it.

Some guy that wrote a book about continental gun dogs has a blog with a blurb on them.. *ducks* :)

http://pointingdogblog.blogspot.com/201 ... el_17.html
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Re: Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

Postby chiendog » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:06 pm

Yes indeed there is a Blue Picardy :)

Like its close cousin, the Picardy, it is another variant of the old French Spaniel...with a bit more setter in it. http://www.dogwilling.ca/dogwillingblog ... el_17.html
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Re: Picardy Spaniel (yes, it's a pointing breed)

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:41 pm

Beautiful dog , very intelligent looking, beautiful shotgun also . Forrest
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