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Pont-Audemer Spaniel

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Breed Information
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Name Pont-Audemer Spaniel
Other names Epagneul Pont-Audemer, Setter of Pont-Audemer
Origin France
Breed Group Gun Dog (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AffectionateClownishGentleHard-workingHardyTrainable
Height 20-23 inches (50-58 cm)
Weight 44-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Colors BlackBrown & White
Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $500 - $700 USD
Breed Characteristics
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Apartment Friendly 0 stars
Barking Tendencies 0 stars
Cat Friendly 0 stars
Child Friendly 0 stars
Dog Friendly 0 stars
Exercise Needs 0 stars
Grooming 0 stars
Health Issues 0 starsHypoallergenic: No
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Playfulness 0 stars
Shedding Level 0 stars
Stranger Friendly 0 stars
Trainability 0 stars
Watchdog Ability 0 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Molly
02 Charlie Bella
03 Toby Luna
04 Oliver Sadie
05 Cooper Pepper
06 Teddy Ellie
07 Lucky Zoey
08 Dexter Nala
09 Cody Riley
10 Zeus Penny
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The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog, weighing 44 to 60 pounds (20–27 kg), and standing around 50–58 centimetres (20–23 in) at the withers. It is different from most sporting dog breeds in the USA and UK in its length, and the pointed quality of the muzzle.The Pont-Audemer Spaniel's coat is curly or, at the very least, quite wavy, but smooth around the face. The most common pattern is brown and white roan but a solid brown coat is also acceptable. Both coat patterns can have red-brown “dead leaf glints”. Black or tan markings are faults. The hair on the face is short. The topknot can take up to five years to fully develop. Most Pontos have docked tails. Tails that are left intact are usually well feathered like that of a setter, although it is not unheard of for a Ponto to have the shorthaired “rat-tail” of an Irish Water Spaniel.

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. At the start of the 20th century they were prized for their use in hunting wild ducks in either the water or marshy conditions. They remain used in France in various terrain, and used for hunting rabbits or pheasants.

Descended from the Picardy spaniel and possibly the Barbet and the Poodle, the Epagneul de Pont-Audemer has always been a rare breed, and so few existed after the Second World War that it was necessary to breed them with Irish Water Spaniels to keep the breed alive. A water specialist, the breed is also used to point and flush. The Epagneul de Pont-Audemer was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.