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Pont-Audemer Spaniel(Epagneul de Pont-Audemer)
Epagneul de Pont-Audemer
|Group 7||Pointing Dogs|
|Section 1.2||Continental Pointing Dogs, Spaniel type|
|With working trial|
Mrs. Peggy Davis.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
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.
Stocky and vigorous dog.
A medium sized, stocky dog with liver/brown coat that is long and wavy, but smooth about the face.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
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.
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.
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.
Forming a weak angle, although marked.
Brown, protruding perceptibly above the front of the lips, rather pointed.
The nose is rather pointed, and protrudes in front of the line of the muzzle. It is brown in color.
Long, arched in the middle part.
The muzzle is long, with an arched nasal bone. The lips are fine and slightly let down, making the muzzle fairly pointed.
Fine and slightly let down, making the muzzle rather pointed.
The Epagneul de Pont-Audemer has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Dark amber or hazel, rather small, well set into the socket; kind and frank expression.
Rather small and well set into the sockets, the eyes are dark amber or hazel, and have a kind, frank expression.
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.
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.
A little arched, neat, well muscled, joining finely to the head and solidly to the shoulders.
Slightly arched, neat and well muscled.
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.
Straight or slightly convex.
Quite short, broad, solid, muscular.
Very slightly oblique.
Deep, broad, going down fully to level of the elbow; ribs ong and protruding, the last rib close to the hip.
Flat and a little raised.
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.
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.
The legs must be rather short, the dog being rather low to the ground, yet without falling into the Cocker type.
The shoulder blades are long, sloping and fairly close together at the tips. The upper arm is strong and muscular.
Strong, long, sloping, close at the point where they join the spinal column.
Strong and muscled.
The legs are rather short, the dog being somewhat low to the ground, without falling into the Cocker type.
The feet are round, and furnished with long, curly hair between the toes.
Round, set true, furnished with long, curly hairs between the toes.
Haunch: Prominent and reaching the height of the back.
The hipbones are prominent, and at the same level as the back.
Straight, well let down, muscular, fleshy, with culottes. Point of buttock prominent.
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.
Broad and straight, without deviation either in or out.
Rather short, furnished especially at the back with a curly fringe. Dewclaws to be avoided.
Curly and slightly ruffled.
Curly, and slightly ruffled.
Brown, preferably brown and grey mottled, with dead leaf glints.
Brown or brown roan, with dead leaf glints.
Height at withers:
52 - 58 cm.
20.5 to 23 inches at the withers.
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.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.