Pont-Audemer Spaniel

Other names: Epagneul Pont-Audemer, Setter of Pont-Audemer

Pont-Audemer Spaniel

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a rare French gundog breed, which was developed in the 19th century after breeders mixed water spaniels and English Setters. Despite having many suitable qualities, they’re rarely kept as household pets. But these working dogs are loving, gentle, and really easy to train. They’re also very difficult to come by. Potential owners will need to find a specialist breeder. 

Key facts about the Pont-Audemer Spaniel

Life expectancy :

7

19

12

14

Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Hunter

Size :

Origins and history

The Pont-Audemer breed was developed in 19th century France. While it's exact origins are unknown, it's thought that English and French Water Spaniels, as well as English Setters, were thrown in the mix when creating this breed. 

Although it never became as popular as some other gun dogs, the Pont-Audemer was still considered as a first-rate tracker and retriever. They specialised in retrieving water birds like wild ducks. They have a real enthusiasm for their work, and a playful nature. 

They're also known as le petit clown des Marais, which translates as the little clown of the marshes. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

Section

Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Pont-Audemer Spaniel

Adult size

Female : Between 20 and 23 in

Male : Between 20 and 23 in

Weight

Female : Between 37 and 44 lb

Male : Between 37 and 44 lb

Coat colour

Brown
Blue

Type of coat

Long

Eye colour

Brown

Description

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a vigorous dog. She has a very unique wavy coat, but apart from that she looks very similar to more popular spaniel breeds such as the Springer. She has a long lean body, a high head carriage, and strong sturdy legs. Like most spaniels, they have long floppy ears and eyes filled with a gentle expression.

Good to know

They are very rare and you might have trouble finding one in the UK. Importing dogs can be a lengthy and very expensive process. 

It’s really important to remember that these dogs are primarily working dogs. They might sometimes struggle with the “domesticated” life of the modern day dog. 

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    She would make an excellent pet dog for the whole family.

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    Playful

    She has high energy and loves to play. The Pont-Audemer is especially playful as a young pup and will still enjoy games of fetch (especially in water) long into her adulthood.

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    Calm

    This depends. When she’s working, this dog is constantly on the move. But when work is over, she loves to chill out and relax.

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    Intelligent

    The Pont-Audemer is a quick learner that really enjoys being mentally challenged. She is a well-balanced and obedient dog.

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    Hunter

    These dogs were bred to hunt, track, and retrieve game. It’s what they’ve been doing hundreds of years. A very good research dog, she adapts to all terrains, but especially likes watery grounds and deep water. She works with great zeal and perseverance.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    She is always happy and gets along very well with everyone. She is neither fearful, nor aggressive with strangers.

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    Independent

    She is a very affectionate dog with members of her family but who keeps a small independent side like many spaniels.

    Behaviour of the Pont-Audemer Spaniel

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      Tolerates solitude

      Pack dogs aren’t comfortable with long periods of solitude. She can be left alone for a short time, but only if her needs have been met.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      This smart dog is naturally obedient and very easy to train. In fact, she has a real willingness to learn.

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      Barking

      The Pont-Audemer is a quiet dog that will only bark when she needs to.

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      Tendency to run away

      This dog is a high-flight risk, especially if she’s not getting enough exercise or mental stimulation. A bored Pont-Audemer may go off in search of her own adventures. 

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