Original Name : Epagneul Bleu de Picardie
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Espagneul, Bleu, de, Picardie
Male size : 22½-23½ inches
Female size : A little smaller than the male
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
This small but beautiful French spaniel is renowned for its hardiness, which allows it to withstand extreme climates, its excellent response to the gun, its fine nose and firm point, and its innate compliance. Blue Picardy Spaniels are good with people, which makes them easy to train relatively quickly.
Relatively broad, oval skull without prominent parietal bones, with only slightly apparent occipital bone.
Back and loins not too long but well sustained, croup rather falls away, harmoniously sprung ribs, reaching to the elbows.
Gray black speckled forming a bluish tint with black patches.
Beautiful silky, wavy hair, reaching the end of the muzzle when stretched out.
Not reaching too much beyond the hock, no hook.
Flat or slightly wavy with well furnished fringing on legs and tail.
The Blue Picardy Spaniel standard was not recognized until 1938, much later than the Picardy Spaniel, but the trend for English Setters in particular forced it into the background. Fortunately, there were breeders who continued to favor the Blue Picardy Spaniel.Dogs of this breed are fairly low on the ground, well built for work and generally reminiscent of a Picardy Spaniel.
The Blue is the youngest of the two Picardy breeds, not being recognized separately by the breed club until 1937.