The French Spaniel is the oldest pointing breed known with the first French Club formed in 1921. The breed was given a strong heritage by Fr. Fournier who gathered the finest examples available and worked tirelessly to rebuild the lineages which had dominated the Middle Ages. Fortunately, his efforts were faithfully followed by breeders both in France and later in Canada. As a result the modern French Spaniel is both elegant and athletic, possesses a wonderfully strong nose and a firm point. They love the water and are comfortable in any working environment.
They are intelligent, obedient and faithful family friend. The French Spaniel was introduced in Quebec in the 1970’s and an active breed Club was formed in 1978, the Club de l’ Epagneul Francais du Canada.
They achieved recognition by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1985 and they are also recognised by the Societe Centrale Canine. In the UK, they can be registered on the Activity Register with the Kennel Club but there are currently not enough in the UK to achieve full recognition.
We hope to change that in a few years time by producing a working line which is placed easily in any working environment whether it be gun dog, Canix or Agility and equally be a part of any family life.
The French Spaniel is an exceptional HPR (hunts, points, retrieves) on both dry land and water. Their hunting style differs with the terrain and cover available and they adapt to each setting. They track wounded game easily and love the water.
Their strengths lie in hunting Woodcock, Grouse and Snipe and they work well as a medium to close working dog. They remain calm and methodical and work with their owners as a team effort. They are tough, durable dogs that react with enthusiasm to even the toughest weather conditions.
They are easily trained and respond best to a patient and quiet way of dealing with them. They do not respond well to a harsh tone and rough handling.
Show Ring Aesthetics
French Spaniels are a medium sized dog with a well developed physique. They are robust and athletic with an open and gentle nature. In appearance, they are white with brown spots or patches similar in size to a small Setter.
Their coat is easily maintained and they have a feathery chest, forelegs and tail. Their amber eyes express affection and intelligence and add to their dramatic beauty.
As a puppy they are a flexible and accommodating breed. They can cope with changes in routine and are very sociable. They are patient and loving with children. Their easy nature makes for a perfect family pet.
As stated previously, they are a generally healthy and robust breed. The two conditions which may affect them are:
- Hip Dysplaysia
Acral Mutilation – a relatively rare neural condition which affects the dogs’ ability to feel pain in their feet. Affected pups will begin to bite and lick their feet at 3-‐5 months of age. Diagnosis may be through clinical symptoms or Electromyography.