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Blue Picardy Spaniel

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

Do you have an active, outdoorsy-type personality? Are you looking for a companion that will enjoy camping, hiking, running, and so much more? If you love the idea of an active, intelligent, friendly breed to share your heart and home, consider the beautiful Blue Picardy Spaniel!

Known formally as Epagneul Bleu de Picardie, the Blue Picardy Spaniel was bred in France from Picardy Spaniels, Gordon Setters, and English Setters. This breed is extremely rare, even in its own country, and has a distinct blue hue to their coat which makes them unique in their own way. The Blue Picardy Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in the 1920's.

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Hunting Dog Through-n-Through

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is recognized for their hunting abilities in the unforgiving terrains of the French and Canadian provinces. This breed is known as a hard working hunting dog and is at their best when given a job. They are used for various field trials, can scale rough terrain, swim, point, and retrieve. Basically, they're the ultimate hunting dog.

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Intelligent, Loyal, and Friendly

The Blue Picardy Spaniel is a very loyal dog. They enjoy being around people and are great around other animals. With these wonderful qualities, this breed will make an excellent companion.

They are a highly intelligent breed, so early obedience training and proper socialization is beneficial to this breed's overall demeanor. The Blue Picardy Spaniel requires a home that can offer continued training throughout their years. Lack of training may cause future behavioral problems such as: counter-surfing, jumping, excessive barking, nipping, digging, and much more.

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Go, Go, Go!!

This is not a couch potato dog! They are an extremely high energy breed that requires a pet-parent to be active with them.

The Blue Picardy Spaniel will enjoy hiking, running, or walking with their pet-parent. This breed requires at least a 45 minute walk twice a day to keep them well behaved and to prevent antics caused by boredom. They are a great candidate to carry a dog backpack. (Although they shouldn't actually wear a backpack until they are one-year old to prevent injuries in developing joints.) The backpack provides a dog with a job and helps to drain energy much quicker.

Doggy Daycare will be a must if this breed is brought into a family that works full-time. Doggy Daycare provides an outlet for dogs to burn off energy all day long by playing with other dogs.

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Grooming Needs

They have a very similar coat to that of the Irish Setter with feathery legs, tail, and ears. Their coat is slightly wavy, and although blue in color, it is very common to have grey marks throughout. Grooming is minimal, requiring a regular brushing once a day, and bathing when needed. Due to their long ears, they are prone to ear infections, so keeping them clean and dry will be essential.

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Health Concerns

The breed is considered to be healthy with no known genetic issues. The average life span of the Blue Picardy Spaniel is 13 years.

Do you think the Blue Picardy Spaniel would fit well into your lifestyle?

Adopt First

As you begin looking for a Blue Picardy Spaniel, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

Resources:

Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe

Dog Breed Info

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