Blue Picardy Spaniel

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55-70 lbs
21-23"
France
Épagneul Bleu de Picardie

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is relatively rare medium to medium-large sized pointing Spaniel that developed in the northern part of France. While the original Picardy Spaniel comes in chocolate brown, chestnut brown, and white, the Blue Picardy has a distinctive ticked blue and grey coat that may or may not have large dark blue or black patches. Neither the Picardy nor the Blue Picardy Spaniel are recognized by the American Kennel Club, they have been recently recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale and the Canadian Kennel Club. The Blue Picardy Spaniel is both an effective hunting companion, providing tracking, pointing, and retrieving services, and an energetic but gentle family pet.

Purpose
Gun Dog, Pointing and Retrieving
Date of Origin
1938
Ancestry
Picardy Spaniel, English and Gordon Setter

Blue Picardy Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Female Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Ectropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Blue Picardy Spaniel Breed History

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a relatively new breed of dog and still fairly rare, even in its country of origin. While there are mentions of French pointing dogs with grey-brown or tan coats and long fur with a slightly different hunting style than other Spaniels in the area before the 1900s, they were not recognized by name until the French hunting Spaniels were subdivided into several regional groups in 1907. A group of pointing Spaniels that had developed near the river Somme in the Picardy region of Northern France caused by an intermixture of the French hunting Spaniel of the time and English Setters that were boarded in this area due in part to a quarantine restriction that prevented the re-entry of many dogs owned by hunters from the UK. These Picardy Spaniels were later bred with both with Gordon Setters and with English Setters that sported a marking style known as Belton blue, a type of blue ticking with no patches, resulting in a Picardy Spaniel with a blue coloration that was recognized as a separate breed in France in 1938, the Blue Picardy Spaniel. World War II was particularly hard on populations of canines throughout Europe and the Blue Picardy Spaniel was no exception. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that the breed population began to recover from the war and they began to gain some recognition in other countries. In 1995, the breed was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club and they are able to be registered with the American Rare Breed Association as well.

Blue Picardy Spaniel Breed Appearance

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a medium to medium-large sized dog that stands just at or just under two feet tall and while the FCI standards do not specify a weight range,  they are typically somewhere between 45 and 60 pounds in weight. This breed has long, strong legs and well-furnished feet which are round, but never flat. They have a fairly wide head with a muzzle that is both long and broad with fairly pendulous lip, their nearly round eyes are typically dark in color and very expressive, and their ears are set fairly high up on the head and hang down to the sides, with leathers that are long enough to reach the tip of the dog’s nose when pulled forwards. This breed can be distinguished from the original Picardy Spaniel by their ticked blue and grey coloration which is sometimes accompanied by large black or dark blue patches.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Blue Picardy Spaniel eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Blue Picardy Spaniel nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Blue Picardy Spaniel coat
Pied
blue Blue Picardy Spaniel coat
Blue
black Blue Picardy Spaniel coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Blue Picardy Spaniel wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Blue Picardy Spaniel Breed Maintenance

This dog has low to moderate grooming requirements to keep it looking and smelling its best. While many dogs will be fine with three or four baths a year, others may require bathing on a monthly basis, depending largely on how much time is spent exploring the out-of-doors. Brushing this dog once or twice a week is typically adequate for managing their moderate shedding, although additional brushing sessions may need to be added during the spring and fall months when their rate of shedding increases. It is important to pay attention to the feet as they have hair that protrudes from between their tightly closed toes. In some cases, the hair between their toes may become tangled, and if left unattended, tangles may eventually involve the skin between the toes as well.
Brushes for Blue Picardy Spaniel
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Blue Picardy Spaniel requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Blue Picardy Spaniel Temperament

While the Blue Picardy Spaniel is a flexible hunting dog with the capability to track and point out game as well as retrieve it, they are also typically affectionate and loyal canines with a generally calm and well-mannered demeanor. These are dogs who typically get along with most people and other animals as well as bonding strongly to their family, although their eager natures and fairly high prey drive may make smaller animals that scurry or flutter irresistible targets. The Blue Picardy is reported to be slightly more patient with children than the standard Picardy Spaniel, but even so, all interactions between and canines and small children or toddlers should be carefully supervised for the safety of both the animal and the child. They are gentle and responsive animals with a strong desire to please, making them very trainable, although gentle, positive training methods should be employed to prevent fearfulness and anxiety from developing and socialization should start at an early age.

Blue Picardy Spaniel Activity Requirements

While this breed is typically fairly calm at home, they require a great deal of daily activity and mental stimulation to maintain their easy-going and outgoing natures. These active and tenacious hunting dogs generally need sixty to ninety minutes a day of vigorous activity per day to keep them happy and healthy. Fortunately, these dogs are very versatile, so exercise sessions need never get boring. Blue Picardy Spaniels are likely to enjoy and excel at activities including tracking exercises, rally sports, agility training, and water sports. While they are very active overall, if given enough exercise they are generally quiet and calm enough at home to make suitable pets even in an apartment type setting.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Blue Picardy Spaniel Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Blue Picardy Spaniel Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
12 Months
Male Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 57 lbs
18 Months
Male Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Blue Picardy Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 62 lbs

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