|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 7 Section 1 #114
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Pont-Audemer Spaniel or Epagneul Pont-Audemer is a breed of
gundog which is virtually
unknown outside of its native country of
The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog, weighing 44 to 60 pounds
(20-27 kg), and standing around 20 to 23 inches (52-58 cm).
The coat is long and wavy, but smooth about the face. The color is liver or
brown, or a mixture of liver or brown and white. Ticking is quite common.
Though hardy, as well as hard-working, the breed has the typical
spaniel traits of being
easy to train, gentle, and affectionate. The dogs are known to have a fun-loving
quality and in France are said to be le petit clown des marais (the
little clown of the marshes).
Pont-Audemer Spaniels are usually found in a working gundog environment, and
are rarely kept as mere family pets. The dogs specialize as
water dogs, but like
their relative, the
Spaniel, can also work as
The breed is alleged to have been developed in the
region of France in the nineteenth century. It is believed that the
Poodle may have gone into
the Pont-Audemer's makeup as well as old
spaniel breeds such as
Picardy Spaniel. The breed's numbers were never large, and so few examples
existed after World
War II that it became necessary to cross-breed dogs with
Water Spaniels. The population of these unique spaniels is still small, and
the breed is in danger of extinction.
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