Blue Picardy Spaniel

Blue Picardy Spaniel Breed description: Character & Co

Blue Picardy Spaniel

Life expectancy
13 - 14

Origin and provenance

The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is a rare French pointing dog that originated in the Picardy region in the north of France. This breed is closely related to the Epagneul Picard and the Epagneul Français.

Historical development

  • Origin: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie developed in the 19th century, probably by crossing local spaniels with imported English setters, which led to its characteristic blue-grey coat color.
  • Historical role: It was originally bred for hunting in the marshy areas of northern France, where its skills in water work and pointing were particularly valued.

Characteristic features

  • Robust and versatile: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is known for its robustness and versatility in various hunting situations.
  • Adaptability: In addition to its role as a hunting dog, it has proven to be a loyal and loving family dog.

Suitability and use

  • Hunting qualities: Excellent for hunting feathered game, especially in wet and marshy areas.
  • Family dog: Due to its friendly and calm nature, the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is also an excellent family companion.
  • Sports and activities: It is ideal for active families and is suitable for various dog sports.


The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is a versatile and charming dog that shines both as an efficient hunting companion and as a loving family member. Its origins and history reflect its adaptability and robustness, which make it a special companion for hunting enthusiasts and families. With the right care and training, this rare French pointing dog is a loyal and reliable companion.

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Alternate Name Epagneul Bleu de Picardie, Epagneul Bleu Picard
Origin France
Life expectancy 13 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Continental Pointing Dogs
AKC group not recognised
KC group Gundog Group

Character traits

  • Gentle and friendly: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is known for its gentle and friendly temperament. It shows a natural affection for its family and is particularly fond of children.
  • Intelligent and alert: This breed is highly intelligent and alert, which makes it easy to train and a quick learner.

Social behavior

  • Good social compatibility: It usually gets along well with other dogs and pets, especially if socialized early.
  • Adaptability: Despite its hunting instincts, the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie adapts well to life as a family dog, provided it gets enough exercise and mental stimulation.

Working characteristics

  • Pronounced hunting instinct: As a hunting dog, he shows great enthusiasm and talent in the field. His instinct makes him an excellent pointing and retrieving dog.
  • Persevering and energetic: He needs regular exercise and mental challenges to be happy and balanced.

Family life

  • Ideal for active families: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is ideal for active families who spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Loyal companion: He shows a deep bond with his family and likes to be close to them.


The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is a versatile, intelligent and loving dog that is suitable both for hunting and as a family member. Its friendly nature and adaptability make it an ideal companion for a wide variety of lifestyles.

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Care of the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie

The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is characterized by its unique coat and robust health, but requires regular care and attention.

  1. Coat care:

    • The medium-length, wavy coat requires regular brushing to prevent matting and matting.
    • Weekly brushing helps to keep the coat clean and shiny.
    • Occasional trimming may be necessary, especially around the ears and paws.
  2. Ear care:

    • Due to their droopy ears, these should be checked and cleaned regularly for signs of infection or parasites.
  3. General grooming:

    • This includes regular claw trimming and dental care.

Health aspects

  • The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is generally healthy and robust.
  • Typical diseases of hunting dogs such as hip dysplasia and certain eye diseases should be noted.
  • Regular veterinary check -ups are recommended in order to detect possible health problems at an early stage.

Breeding and responsibility

  • When breeding, the focus should be on health aspects and maintaining the breed standard.
  • Responsible breeders attach importance to genetic health and a good character.
  • Early socialization and training are important in order to promote the dog's adaptability and social behaviour.


The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is a beautiful and easy to care for dog that can lead a long and happy life if properly groomed and looked after. As part of responsible breeding, it is important to consider both the physical and mental health of this breed to ensure the well-being of these elegant hunting dogs.

Portrait of a blue Picardy Spaniel

The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie, a French hunting dog, impresses with its unique coat and elegant appearance.

  • Coat type: The coat is of medium length, dense and wavy, giving it a characteristic, slightly tousled appearance.
  • Color: Its coat color is a distinctive dark gray with black patches and sometimes a bluish sheen, which gives the breed its name.

Visual characteristics

  • Appearance: The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is characterized by an athletic and harmonious build that radiates strength and elegance.
  • Head shape: It has a noble head with a gentle and intelligent expression, typical of French pointing dogs.

Size and weight

  • Males:
    • Height: On average 56 to 61 cm shoulder height
    • Weight: About 20 to 25 kg
  • Bitches:
    • Size: Slightly smaller, on average 54 to 59 cm shoulder height
    • Weight: Around 18 to 23 kg

Care of the coat

  • Grooming requirements: The coat of the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie requires regular grooming.
  • Brushing and combing: Weekly brushing is necessary to prevent matting and keep the coat in good condition.
  • Bathing: Regular bathing is recommended, especially after outdoor activities.


The Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is a stunningly beautiful dog whose coat and appearance reflect its noble origins and hunting abilities. Its size and weight are ideal for a hunting dog that combines agility and stamina. With proper care, the Epagneul Bleu de Picardie is not only a capable hunting companion, but also an attractive and charming family dog.

Fur length medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 55 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 15 - 20 kg
Size ♂ 57 - 62 cm
Weight ♂ 15 - 20 kg
Suitable For Children
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