French Spaniel

Other names : Epagneul Français, French Setter, Canadian Setter

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Life expectancy

The French Spaniel has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 25 in

Adult weight

Female Between 53 and 57 lb
Male Between 53 and 57 lb
Coat colour
White Brown
Type of coat
Long Wavy
Eye colour
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More details about the French Spaniel

French Spaniel: Origins and history

The French Spaniel can be traced all the way back to Gaston Phoebus’s "Book of Hunting" in the 13th century.  They were popular hunting dogs used to track and retrieve small game. Prized for their stamina, loyalty, and persistent nature, their numbers continued to grow until the early 20th century. Then, as more small villages turned into industrial towns, there was less demand for hunting dogs. Thankfully, French Spaniel clubs started to spring up in the UK, USA, and Canada during the middle of the century. They helped raise awareness of the breed and played an instrumental part in saving these very special animals. 

FCI classification of the French Spaniel

  • Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

  • Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Training a French Spaniel

French Spaniels are fairly easy to train, but they do have some very specific requirements. Training needs to be fun and engaging. Keep the sessions short, kind, and consistent. 10-15 minutes a day is ideal.

French Spaniel: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £90 to £120 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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