Blue Picardy Spaniel (Picardie) – A Complete Guide To A Rare Breed
The name “blue” is derived from the color of their coat which is almost white with some black spots. They are one of the most popular breeds in Europe and have been bred since the 19th century. Picards were originally used as guard dogs but they became very popular after World War II when they were brought back into service because of their good temperament and loyalty.
They are known for being loyal, affectionate and loving. Their intelligence makes them adaptable and trainable. They love children, especially young ones. They make excellent family pets.
However, they tend to be reserved around strangers and may bark at unfamiliar noises or people. Some people prefer them because of their docile nature while others like them because of their hunting skills and agility which allows them to get up close to prey without getting hurt themselves.
Blue pinchers are usually medium sized and come in many colors including chocolate, cream, fawn, grey, black and even red. They are not as large as Great Danes or Labrador Retrievers but they do have a certain size that suits them well. There is no particular height requirement for these dogs so they can be as tall or short as you want. These dogs don’t need much exercise other than regular walks in the park or along your favorite trails.
They are quite lazy and do not need to run or jog in order to have a good time.
They do shed throughout the year so they aren’t recommended for people with allergies but they do not shed enough to become a nuisance. They are easy to train and are normally eager to please their owners. Despite this, some pinchers can be stubborn. This may not come as a surprise because even people have a hard time training themselves to do the right thing.
These dogs are typically priced between $600 and $1500 and can be more expensive if they have champion bloodlines or are already trained from a certain company.
The average life span for these dogs is 10-15 years but there are some dogs that live longer than that. They are prone to developing certain health conditions but most can be controlled with medication or surgery. These conditions include: bleeding disorders, glaucoma, cataracts, skin allergies, Legg-Perthes disease (a hip disorder), lysosomal storage disease (causes neurological problems), cancer and bloat.
You should always consult a veterinarian before buying one of these dogs if you already have medical issues of your own. Not all dogs can tolerate certain medications or procedures. As with most things, you should do your research before buying anything and that includes dogs.
As a whole, the Blue Picardy Spaniel is a docile, loyal and loving dog that can become great family pets. They are easy to train and are fairly lazy but require daily walks or jogs in order to prevent them from getting restless. Be sure to buy one of these dogs only if you are prepared for the commitment.
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