Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Pont-Audemer Spaniel

(Epagneul de Pont-Audemer)

Epagneul de Pont-Audemer


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.05.1964.

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
Descended from the Picardy spaniel and possibly the Barbet and the Poodle, the Epagneul de Pont-Audemer has always been a rare breed, and so few existed after the Second World War that it was necessary to breed them with Irish Water Spaniels to keep the breed alive. A water specialist, the breed is also used to point and flush. The Epagneul de Pont-Audemer was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Stocky and vigorous dog.
UKC
A medium sized, stocky dog with liver/brown coat that is long and wavy, but smooth about the face.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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UKC
Called ‘the little clown of the marshes’ in France, the breed is hardy and hard working, but has the spaniel traits of being gentle, affectionate and easy to train.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Round and developed at the top, occipital crest prominent; the parietals are rather round. The forehead rising towards the topknot which must be very curly and well placed on the top of the skull, leaving the forehead bare.
UKC
The skull is round, with a prominent occipital crest. The forehead rises towards the topknot, which must be very curly and leave the forehead bare. The stop is sloping.

Stop

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FCI
Forming a weak angle, although marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Brown, protruding perceptibly above the front of the lips, rather pointed.
UKC
The nose is rather pointed, and protrudes in front of the line of the muzzle. It is brown in color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long, arched in the middle part.
UKC
The muzzle is long, with an arched nasal bone. The lips are fine and slightly let down, making the muzzle fairly pointed.

Lips

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FCI
Fine and slightly let down, making the muzzle rather pointed.

Jaws/Teeth

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UKC
The Epagneul de Pont-Audemer has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark amber or hazel, rather small, well set into the socket; kind and frank expression.
UKC
Rather small and well set into the sockets, the eyes are dark amber or hazel, and have a kind, frank expression.

Ears

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FCI
Medium thickness, flat, set on rather low in such a way as to keep them away from the cheeks; long and furnished with long silky very curly hair, joining the top knot to show a beautiful curly wig really framing the head.
UKC
Set on rather low, the ears are long and flat, and furnished with long, silky, very curly hair, which joins with the topknot to frame the head.

NECK

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FCI
A little arched, neat, well muscled, joining finely to the head and solidly to the shoulders.
UKC
Slightly arched, neat and well muscled.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is deep and broad, descending to the elbow. The ribs are long and well sprung. The back is straight or slightly convex. The loin is short, broad and solid. The croup is very slightly sloping. The flanks are flat and there is a slight tuck up.

Back

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FCI
Straight or slightly convex.

Loin

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FCI
Quite short, broad, solid, muscular.

Croup

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FCI
Very slightly oblique.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, broad, going down fully to level of the elbow; ribs ong and protruding, the last rib close to the hip.

Flank

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FCI
Flat and a little raised.

TAIL

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FCI
Set almost at the level of the loin line, carried quite straight, generally docked to one third of its length; thick at the base, well feathered with curly hair which should surround the tail completely. When the tail is not docked, it must be of medium length, carried a little curved.
UKC
Set as a continuation of the topline, and carried quite straight. Generally docked to one third of its length, and well feathered with curly hair. An undocked tail should be medium length and carried a little curved.

LIMBS

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FCI
The legs must be rather short, the dog being rather low to the ground, yet without falling into the Cocker type.

FOREQUARTERS

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UKC
The shoulder blades are long, sloping and fairly close together at the tips. The upper arm is strong and muscular.

Shoulder

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FCI
Strong, long, sloping, close at the point where they join the spinal column.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Strong and muscled.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are rather short, the dog being somewhat low to the ground, without falling into the Cocker type.

FEET

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UKC
The feet are round, and furnished with long, curly hair between the toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, set true, furnished with long, curly hairs between the toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Haunch: Prominent and reaching the height of the back.
UKC
The hipbones are prominent, and at the same level as the back.

Thigh

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FCI
Straight, well let down, muscular, fleshy, with culottes. Point of buttock prominent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are muscular and fleshy, with the point of the buttocks prominent. The hock joint is broad and straight, and the rear pasterns are short and furnished with a curly fringe. Dewclaws should be removed.

Hock joint

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FCI
Broad and straight, without deviation either in or out.

Hock

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FCI
Rather short, furnished especially at the back with a curly fringe. Dewclaws to be avoided.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Curly and slightly ruffled.
UKC
Curly, and slightly ruffled.

COLOUR

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FCI
Brown, preferably brown and grey mottled, with dead leaf glints.
UKC
Brown or brown roan, with dead leaf glints.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI
52 - 58 cm.
UKC
20.5 to 23 inches at the withers.

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 flat on the sides, forehead parallel to the muzzle; lack of topknot, topknot reaching to the superciliary arches or topknot formed by hanging hair.
  • Stop forming a weak angle, although marked.
  • Nose black, pale, dudley nose or round.
  • Muzzle short or too convex.
  • Lips thick, with flews.
  • Eyes too light, set level with the head surface or too sunken. Look unfriendly or vicious.
  • Ears thick, folded, too short, set too high, carried either forward or backward.
  • Neck too heavy, flat on its top line, too thick in its junction with the head.
  • Back long, narrow or hollow.
  • Loin long, narrow or flat.
  • Croup falling steeply away, too straight.
  • Chest insufficiently let down, too round or hollow; ribs flat or too close together.
  • Flanks too fleshy, too deep.
  • Tail set too high or too low, too curved, carried sabre fashion with a plume.
  • Shoulders short, straight, wide apart at the summit.
  • Upper arm thin.
  • Haunch low set.
  • Thigh flat.
  • Hock joints deviated, straight, too wide apart or too close together.
  • Hocks long, oblique from back to front or deviating to the right or the left, without fringes.
  • Feet narrow, much too broad, too hairy; fleshy pads.
  • Coat too flat, too curly, too hard or too fine; topknot not curly or falling as in the Poodle.
  • Colour black or black and white, presence of tan markings.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

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.