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.
History of Épagneul Francais
The ancestry of this breed is not known. Competition from other gun-dogs once brought it close to extinction, but it is now firmly re-established.
The breed is not well-known outside its native France.
Other Names of Épagneul Francais: French Spaniel.
Identification keys of Épagneul Francais
long, flat, feathered ears
flat, straight coat with liver markings
long, feathered tail
Épagneul Pont-Audemer 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.
History of Épagneul Pont-Audemer
Crosses involving the Irish Water Spaniel, or similar ancestral […]
Épagneul Picard 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.
History of Épagneul Picard
Closely related […]
Barbet 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.
Braque du Bourbonnais 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.
History of Braque du Bourbonnais
As its name implies, the Braque […]
Stabyhoun 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.
History of Stabyhoun
The breed originated in […]