French Spaniel

French Spaniel

INTRODUCTION

The French Spaniel is a purebred dog from France and Canada. These dogs are sociable, intelligent and gentle, which are some of the best qualities of any dog. Despite their purebred status, you can find these dogs in shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt. These beautiful dogs make great companions for those who are active by nature. They are not suitable for flat living, as they need space to run and expend their energy. They make great pets for any type of home, including families with children of all ages. If you want an energetic, active dog that will keep you on your toes, this breed may be right for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

The coat of the French Spaniel is usually brown and white, with shades of brown ranging from cinnamon to dark liver. Markings are irregular and may be small or dominant depending on the dog. Some are solid liver or solid white body colour. The coat of the French Spaniel is somewhat water resistant, so they are resistant to cold and wet conditions. During the Middle Ages, the French Spaniel was much loved by royalty, although it was nearly extinct in the early 20th century. Father Fournier, a French priest, saved the breed in the 19th century. They are friendly to strangers, unless they sense danger, in which case they will bark. The French Spaniel can be injured by over-excited children if not handled with care. However, for younger children who learn early to approach and play with dogs, the French Spaniel can be a wonderful and active companion.

HISTORY

The French Spaniel, like the English Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel, is likely to derive from the Spanish and Portuguese hunting dogs of the Middle Ages. However, some believe that the French Spaniel developed in France as a hunting dog in the 14th century. During the Middle Ages, the French Spaniel was beloved by royalty, although it was nearly extinct in the early 20th century. Father Fournier, a French priest, eventually saved the breed in the 19th century. The first standard was written in 1891 by James de Connick and revised several times. The French breed was imported to Canada in the 1970s and to the United States in the 1990s. The United Kennel Club recognised the French Spaniel in 1996. They are also recognised as part of the American Kennel Club Foundation Service. Although they are a rarer breed than most, some end up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting them if you decide this is the breed for you.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
4/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
3/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 12 to 25 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 14 years

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