The coat of the Barbet is thick and woolly, protecting the dog even from freezing water conditions. It is shiny and may be curly or wavy, with a rather becoming tasselled appearance. The Barbet has played a central role in the development of many of today’s water dogs.… Read the full post here

The presence of a curly top-knot gives this spaniel a distinctive appearance. The rest of the liver, or liver-and-white, coat is long and curly, covering a medium-sized, well-built dog.… Read the full post here

This is another of the older French breeds of spaniel which displays an obvious relationship to the setters. The Picard can be distinguished by its characteristic tri-coloured appearance, with tan, liver, and white areas apparent in its coat.… Read the full post here

Being relatively tall and powerfully built, the epagneul Francais, one of the oldest breeds of French spaniel, shows a distinct relationship to the setters. Its head is square, with a short neck which joins a muscular body of fine proportions. The coat is short and flat with some feathering.… Read the full post here

The coat of the Braque du Bourbonnais is basically white with very evident roaning and as few clear patches of coloration as possible. This moderately large pointer is born with either no tail or a very rudimentary stump.… Read the full post here

The Auvergne Pointer is a large and relatively heavy gundog, with distinctive coloration and markings. It is an important breed characteristic that the ears and the area around the eyes are black. Elsewhere on the body, blue roaning, resulting from overlapping black and white hairs, is desirable. This patterning is known as “charbonnee”, or “charcoaled”, although some Auvergnes show clearly defined black markings on a white background.… Read the full post here

This pointer has a predominantly white coat broken by orange areas of variable size. Although slightly leggier than the English Pointer, the elegant Braque St. Germain is a dog of fine proportions.… Read the full post here

Standing taller than any other breed of spaniel, and with a unique coloration showing a purplish hue described as puce liver, this breed has a powerful presence. The coat is comprised of tight ringlets and is naturally oily and water-repellent. The first 10cm (4in) of tail has curly hair, whereas the rest to the tip is either bare skin or is covered with straight hair.… Read the full post here

The Wetterhoun is a dog for all seasons. Its coat provides a covering of tight, water-resistant curls, except on the head and legs, and its solid and rugged build made it an ideal hunter of otters.… Read the full post here

This spaniel-like breed has a slightly elongated but well-balanced body, a wide head, and a muzzle tapering towards the nose. Its coat is long, sleek, and well feathered, and is seen in dappled colours of black, brown, orange, and blue.… Read the full post here