Blue Picardy Spaniel

Origin: 
France
Utilization: 
Pointing dog
Date of publication of the original standard utilisation: 
Wed, 06/24/1987
Classification FCI: 
Spaniel-type Pointers
General appearance: 

Quite low to the ground dog, well built for the job. General appearance on the whole, a true Picardy Spaniel.

Head: 

CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Oval, relatively wide without prominent parietal bones, occipital crest slightly visible.
Stop : Moderately accentuated but marked.

FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Broad, well open nostrils.
Muzzle : Long and quite broad.
Lips : Wide and pendulous forming a distinctly square muzzle.
Eyes : Calm expression; eyes dark, large, well open.
Leathers : Must be set slightly above the eye level, quite thick, framing the head; beautiful wavy silky hair; the leather stretched in its length must reach the tip of the muzzle.

Neck: 

Well set. A slight dewlap is permitted.

Body: 

Back and loin : Not too long, well sustained.
Croup : Rather a little falling away.
Chest : Of medium depth.
Ribs : Harmoniously sprung and descending to elbow level.

Tail: 

Not extending too much beyond the hock and definitely without a hook.

Limbs: 

FOREQUARTERS :
Shoulder and upper arm : Slightly oblique.
Forearm : Strong and well muscled.
Forefoot : Round, a little broad but not flat, well furnished with hair in between tightly closed toes.

HINDQUARTERS :
Upper thighs : Well muscled.
Lower thighs : Long and furnished with profuse fringes.
Hocks : Bent without exaggeration and furnished with fringes from the hock to the foot.
Hind foot : Round, a little broad but not flat, well furnished with hair in between tightly closed toes.

Coat: 

HAIR : Flat; or slightly wavy: legs and tail well furnished with fringes.

COLOUR : Grey black speckled forming a bluish shade, with black patches.

Size: 

Height at the withers : 57 to 60 cm for the males, a little less for the females.

Faults: 

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Skull : Too narrow-lacking chiselling.
Muzzle : Pointed.
Eye : Light and too small.
Leather : Short, set too high and too thin.
Chest : Ribs too flat or too round.
Foot : Flat, splayed or too broad.

Eliminating faults: 

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B.: 

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.