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Epagneul Bleu de Picardie
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
CLASSIFICATION: Gun Dog
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: 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: Quite low to the ground dog, well built for work, a true Picardy spaniel.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Gentle, intelligent and willing to please, very adaptable, and possessing a strong natural hunting instinct.
Skull: Relatively wide and oval in shape, with a slight occipital crest. The stop is moderate but marked.
Nose: Broad, with well opened nostrils.
Muzzle: Quite long and broad, with thick, pendulous lips that form a square muzzle in profile.
Jaws/Teeth: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: The large, well opened eyes are dark in color, and show a calm expression.
Ears: 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.
NECK: Well set. A slight dewlap is permitted.
BODY: 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.
TAIL: The tail reaches approximately to the hock joint, and is straight.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blade and upper arm are slightly oblique.
FORELEGS: Strong and well muscled.
FEET: The feet are round, a little broad, but not flat, and well furnished with hair between tightly closed toes.
HIND LEGS: 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.
HAIR: Flat or slightly wavy, with good furnishings on the legs and tail.
COLOUR: Grey/black speckled, which forms a bluish shade, with black patches.
SIZE: Height at the withers for males is 22.5 to 23.5 inches; slightly less for females.
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.