DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 24.06.1987.
UTILIZATION : Pointing dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 1.2 Continental Pointing Dogs; « Spaniel » type. With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Quite low to the ground dog, well built for the job. General appearance on the whole, a true Picardy Spaniel.
CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Oval, relatively wide without prominent parietal bones, occipital crest slightly visible. Stop : Moderately accentuated but marked.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : Broad, well open nostrils. Muzzle : Long and quite broad. Lips : Wide and pendulous forming a distinctly square muzzle. Eyes : Calm expression; eyes dark, large, well open. Leathers : Must be set slightly above the eye level, quite thick, framing the head; beautiful wavy silky hair; the leather stretched in its length must reach the tip of the muzzle.
NECK : Well set. A slight dewlap is permitted.
BODY : Back and loin : Not too long, well sustained. Croup : Rather a little falling away. Chest : Of medium depth. Ribs : Harmoniously sprung and descending to elbow level.
TAIL : Not extending too much beyond the hock and definitely without a hook.
FOREQUARTERS : Shoulder and upper arm : Slightly oblique. Forearm : Strong and well muscled. Forefoot : Round, a little broad but not flat, well furnished with hair in between tightly closed toes.
HINDQUARTERS : Upper thighs : Well muscled. Lower thighs : Long and furnished with profuse fringes. Hocks : Bent without exaggeration and furnished with fringes from the hock to the foot. Hind foot : Round, a little broad but not flat, well furnished with hair in between tightly closed toes.
HAIR : Flat; or slightly wavy: legs and tail well furnished with fringes.
COLOUR : Grey black speckled forming a bluish shade, with black patches.
SIZE : Height at the withers : 57 to 60 cm for the males, a little less for the females.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog. • Skull : Too narrow-lacking chiselling. • Muzzle : Pointed. • Eye : Light and too small. • Leather : Short, set too high and too thin. • Chest : Ribs too flat or too round. • Foot : Flat, splayed or too broad.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS : • Aggressive or overly shy dogs. • Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.