Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Blue Picardy Spaniel

(Epagneul Bleu de Picardie)

Epagneul Bleu de Picardie


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.06.1987.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Pointing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.2Continental Pointing Dogs, Spaniel type
With working trial

UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Blue Picardy Spaniel is descended from the old French spaniels that were crossed with blue Belton English Setters and Gordon Setters. The presence of the first black blue/grey coated spaniel was recorded in 1875. In 1921 the Picard Spaniel and Blue Picardy Spaniel Club was formed. The Blue Picardy Spaniel was classified as a separate breed because of its distinctive coat and skin color. The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Quite low to the ground dog, well built for the job. General appearance on the whole, a true Picardy Spaniel.
UKC
Quite low to the ground dog, well built for work, a true Picardy spaniel.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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UKC
Gentle, intelligent and willing to please, very adaptable, and possessing a strong natural hunting instinct.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Oval, relatively wide without prominent parietal bones, occipital crest slightly visible.
UKC
Relatively wide and oval in shape, with a slight occipital crest. The stop is moderate but marked.

Stop

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FCI
Moderately accentuated but marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Broad, well open nostrils.
UKC
Broad, with well opened nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long and quite broad.
UKC
Quite long and broad, with thick, pendulous lips that form a square muzzle in profile.

Lips

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FCI
Wide and pendulous forming a distinctly square muzzle.

Jaws/Teeth

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UKC
The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Calm expression; eyes dark, large, well open.
UKC
The large, well opened eyes are dark in color, and show a calm expression.

Ears

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UKC
Set slightly above eye level, with thick leather that reaches to the end of the nose, the ears are covered with beautiful wavy, silky hair.

Leathers

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FCI
Must be set slightly above the eye level, quite thick, framing the head; beautiful wavy silky hair; the leather stretched in its length must reach the tip of the muzzle.

NECK

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FCI
Well set. A slight dewlap is permitted.
UKC
Well set. A slight dewlap is permitted.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is of medium depth. The ribs are nicely sprung, and descend to the elbow. The back and loin are strong, and not too long. The croup is slightly sloping.

Topline

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FCI
Back and loin: Not too long, well sustained.

Croup

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FCI
Rather a little falling away.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Of medium depth.
Ribs: Harmoniously sprung and descending to elbow level.

TAIL

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FCI
Not extending too much beyond the hock and definitely without a hook.
UKC
The tail reaches approximately to the hock joint, and is straight.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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UKC
The shoulder blade and upper arm are slightly oblique.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder and upper arm: Slightly oblique.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Strong and well muscled.

Forearm

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FCI
Strong and well muscled.

FEET

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UKC
The feet are round, a little broad, but not flat, and well furnished with hair between tightly closed toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, a little broad but not flat, well furnished with hair in between tightly closed toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Thigh

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FCI
Well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thighs are well muscled. The lower thighs are long, and well furnished. There is good angulation at the hock, and the rear pasterns are well furnished.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Long and furnished with profuse fringes.

Hock

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FCI
Bent without exaggeration and furnished with fringes from the hock to the foot.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Flat; or slightly wavy legs and tail well furnished with fringes.
UKC
Flat or slightly wavy, with good furnishings on the legs and tail.

COLOUR

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FCI
Grey black speckled forming a bluish shade, with black patches.
UKC
Grey/black speckled, which forms a bluish shade, with black patches.

SIZE

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UKC
Height at the withers for males is 22.5 to 23.5 inches; slightly less for females.

Height at withers

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FCI
57 to 60 cm for the males, a little less for the females.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Skull: Too narrow-lacking chiselling.
  • Muzzle: Pointed.
  • Eye: Light and too small.
  • Leather: Short, set too high and too thin.
  • Chest: Ribs too flat or too round.
  • Foot: Flat, splayed or too broad.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Skull: Narrow skull. Lack of chiseling.
Muzzle: Pointed muzzle.
Eyes: Light eyes, small eyes.
Ears: Short ears. Thin leather. Ears set too high.
Body: Flat ribs or barrel ribs.
Feet: Feet flat, splayed or too broad.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.