Spaniel de Pont-Audemer

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Medium     Weight: unknown     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Curly    Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate


Life Expectancy: unknown    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Spaniel de Pont-Audemer is also known as Epagneul Pont-Audemer or Setter of Pont-Audemer. It is a rare, medium size stocky type gun dog breed that was developed in Pont-Audemer region of France in 19th century. Though exact origination is unknown, this breed is believed to have originated from different breeds of water-spaniels. Its progenitors are thought to be English Water Spaniel and Irish Water Spaniel though Barbet and Poodle are also considered to be involved in the development of this breed. Though originated from Spaniels, the breed took more of a Setter role.

This medium size hardy dog stands between 20-23 inches and weighs about 44-60 lbs. It comes with a round skull, a long muzzle with arched nasal bone and brown, pointed nose. Small, dark amber or hazal colour eyes have kind and frank expression. Long, flat and well furnished ears are set low. The slightly arched neck is neat and well muscled. Well balanced body has deep and broad chest with well sprung ribs, short, broad and solid loin, straight or slightly convex back and slightly tucked-up belly. Well feathered tail is generally docked and carried straight.

The Spaniel de Pont-Audemer has a long, curly coat that comes in brown or brown roan colours.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC and FCI.


This breed comes in shades of brown or brown roan.


The long coat is curly and slightly ruffled.


Known as 'le petit clown des marais' which means the little clown of the marshes, the Spaniel de Pont-Audemer is hardy and hard working, but has the spaniel traits of being gentle, affectionate and easy to train. These dogs are known for their fun-loving quality. Pont-Audemer Spaniels are solidly built, brave dogs that excel in the water, even when it is deep. They are also used for hunting rabbits and pheasants over different terrain. These dogs are mostly used for hunting purposes and are seldom used as family pets but when used as family companion, the dog shows its affectionate and loving nature to its family. Its happy temperament is evident by always wagging tail. This breed craves human companionship and forms strong bond with people who take care of these dogs. It is very playful dog with children as well as entertaining for all the family with its comical antics. These dogs would need proper socialization and training from early age to curb their combative approach to strange dogs though they get along well with other dogs in the family. The Spaniel de Pont-Audemer makes a great family pet when it is well trained.


Once a week brushing of shiny coat will keep it clean and in top condition. As typical house pets, these dogs will not need bathing but a dog which is used on hunting trips will need to be bathed when it gets really dirty.


With a typical Spaniel personality, the Spaniel de Pont-Audemer is an easy to train breed with its intelligent and docile nature. Positive training will yield desired results.


This is a high energy dog that will need lots of physical and mental stimulation to be happy and fit. At least a large yard will be needed to keep the dog busy though ideal setting for this breed would be in a rural or suburban area.

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