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The Picardy Spaniel, calm and composed dog

The Picardy Spaniel is a breed of dog from Picardy in France. Thanks to its smooth coat, the dog is not afraid of bad weather. This earned him the favor of the French nobility who could use him for hunting, whatever the weather conditions. It is one of the oldest breeds of spaniel in France, along with the blue spaniel of Picardy.

Characteristics of the Picardy Spaniel

The Picardy Spaniel is a calm and composed dog. It presents itself as tender and affectionate, but also as a muscular and robust dog. Generally, its size varies between 50 and 60 cm for a weight of approximately 20 kg. The animal has a thick and silky coat. The hair is fine on the head and wavy on the rest of the body. Its coat is gray and is strewn with brown patches. The oval of its face is marked by the length of its muzzle. The animal has a rather expressive look thanks to its big amber colored eyes well opened. His ears falling on both sides of his head frame his face well. The Picardy Spaniel has a life expectancy of about fifteen years.

History of the Picardy Spaniel breed

Spaniels originating from France are the oldest hunting dogs in the world. The Picardy Spaniel is said to be a cross between the Spaniel and the Oysel Dog. Because of its physical characteristics and its character, it was favored by the French nobility. The breed was particularly efficient in duck hunting. It could brave the marshes to retrieve its prey since it is not afraid of water. However, with the arrival of English hunting dogs at the beginning of the 20th century, it was gradually abandoned. Becoming rare because of this, the breed did not develop outside France.

Living conditions and behavior of the Picardy Spaniel

The countryside is the ideal place for the Picardy Spaniel to live and nothing would please him more than to accompany his master on a hunting trip. If you are tempted to adopt a Picardy Spaniel, he will adapt perfectly to life in an apartment. However, make sure that he is stimulated physically and mentally. In order to fulfill its needs, it is necessary to find an activity that is both physical and instructive. It is the perfect pet for a family with children. Easy to live with, he is calm and very obedient. It does not bark much and it does not like to destroy. He can also be playful and affectionate towards his owners. He appreciates the time spent with them, but he will have no problem being alone during the day if he has been used to it since he was young.

Diet and health of the Picardy Spaniel

The Picardy Spaniel is a great greedy dog, that's why it's easy to educate him by promising him a treat for each good behavior. But to preserve his health, you must observe a balanced diet. It is important not to exceed the appropriate daily ration because he tends to gain weight quickly. On the other hand, it is necessary to allow him to exercise well in order to avoid overweight. The Picardy Spaniel is generally in good health. It is not too sensitive to cold or heat. However, physical activities must be limited in summer. Apart from the risk of ear infections, the breed does not have any particular pathologies.