Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.
LÉpagneul Picard is a very ancient breed. Some documents reveal that the breed was already appreciated in Picardy in the 11th century, particularly in the area of the valley of the Somme river, which is considered to be its native region. In the nineteenth century the breed went through a period of abandonment, but was rediscovered and re-evaluated in 1904, the year of the exhibition debut of the first representative subjects at the Paris exhibition, which represented the product of an accurate and long selection. This appearance served the breed a lot, because many enthusiasts came to it. When his excellent hunting and endurance qualities were also discovered, then the breed had its maximum peak of diffusion, remaining still highly appreciated in his country. Little known in Italy.
Medium-sized dog, mesomorphic mesocephalic. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. Very solid and very resistant dog. Able to face long walks on any kind of terrain and place. Its body structure is well proportioned. Sturdy dog, with strong and nervous limbs, sweet and expressive look, gait of the head gay and proud, well developed front train. A tolerance of 2 cm is allowed in the maximum height of the males.
He is a devoted and faithful dog. Its reliability is impeccable. Dog of exemplary obedience, of great prudence, it has preserved all its ancestral qualities to which must be added a great elegance of forms. It is highly appreciated by those who prefer to hunt with one dog. He has a methodical and detailed search, a very sharp sense of smell, a solid firmness that he maintains until the arrival of his conductor.
Épagneul Picard (photo www.epagneulsbretons.ch)
Height: from 55 to 60 at the withers.
Trunk: deep thorax, quite wide, well descended to the height of the elbow. Medium length back, slight depression after the withers; the hips are slightly lower than the withers. Straight, not too long, wide and solid kidneys. Also protruding, they reach the level of the back and the kidneys. Croup slightly slightly oblique and rounded.
Head and muzzle: medium-thick lips, slightly descended but not too hanging. Long muzzle, wide enough. Round and wide skull, well pronounced occiput, flat lateral walls, oblique and not right angle stop.
Truffle: brown, medium in size, fairly round.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: well attached, muscular.
Ears: quite low, they frame the head well. Beautiful wavy hair.
Eyes: dark amber color, wide open, frank and very expressive look.
Limbs: straight front, muscular, lead elbows, fringed. Hindquarters with straight thigh well descended, broad, muscular, garnished with fringes up to the hock; metatarsals straight, little angles. Very muscular arms. Round, wide feet, with a little hair between closed toes.
Shoulder: long enough, rather straight, quite muscular.
Tail: forms two slight curves, convex and concave; not too long; garnished with beautiful hair.
Skin: fairly fine and soft.
Hair: thick and not very silky, fine on the head, slightly wavy on the trunk.
Allowed colors: speckled gray, with brown areas on the various parts of the body and at the root of the tail; often tan markings on the head and legs.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, too brown coat, too narrow feet, front without fringes, too short muzzle, black truffle, square skull, too light eyes, incorrect movement.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it