French Spaniel

Other names: Epagneul de France, French Spaniel

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The French Spaniel is a medium-sized, braccoid-type dog with a harmonious build. Its good musculature and strong bones, but without heaviness, give it both energy and good resistance, as well as an elegant stature.



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Hair type Long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 24 kg to 25 kg From 54 cm to 59 cm
Male From 24 kg to 25 kg From 55 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

The French Spaniel descends from the dogs of Oysel around which part of the work of Gaston Phébus is centered. The breed was very successful in the Middle Ages. His performance as a pointer quickly allowed him to shine. Over the centuries, other more swift varieties have been preferred, such as the English Setter. Close to decline, the French Spaniel owes its durability to the work of enthusiasts such as James de Connick, who established the first standard in 1891. The Club de l’Epagneul Français was founded in 1906, when the breed was definitively recognized by the FCI in June 1955.

French Spaniel Pictures

Photo of Pepite, French SpanielPhoto of Son, French SpanielPhoto of Jolie, French SpanielPhoto of King, French SpanielPhoto of Émy, French SpanielPhoto of Happy, French Spaniel

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Physical features

Its coat: flat, silky and dense. Slightly wavy behind the neck, above the tail attachment and over the ears. Short and thin on the head but longer on the ears.
Its color: white and brown (from cinnamon to dark liver), with regular areas, little or moderately speckled.
His head: proudly wearing, with well-marked reliefs, of medium length and width. The stop is moderately pronounced.
His ears: set back, pulled forward, with more or less long and wavy fringes.
Her eyes: quite large, oval, cinnamon to brown in color in accordance with that of the dress. Sweet and intelligent expression.
His body:   length slightly greater than the height at the withers. The top line is straight, always well supported, the withers are dry and broad; the kidney is broad and muscular, the croup is rounded and harmoniously inclined, the chest burst and the sternal region ample and curved.
Its tail: thick at its base and thinning towards its end. Set below the topline, carried more or less curved, furnished with a long silky and slightly wavy hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The French Spaniel is an intelligent, measured and gentle dog. An excellent pointer and retrieval dog, he is naturally gifted at hunting and shows his qualities in this field quite early on. He gets along quite well with other dogs , but also with children. At home, the French Spaniel is a most pleasant companion who appreciates family life. Guarding is not, however, one of its strengths.

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The French Spaniel is a dog as easy to train as it is to train . Naturally attentive and hard-working , he quickly learns to optimize his innate qualities as a hunter. Like all dogs, they need to be socialized at a young age. A task which is, again, facilitated by his gentle temperament and his understanding with his fellows. Be careful not to be too harsh, because he finds it difficult to endure too hard an upbringing.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The French Spaniel largely prefers life in rural areas to that of cities. Happier in a house with a fenced garden than in an apartment, it is intended for an available and attentive master. This one does not need a great experience, because the French Spaniel is a dog as easy to live as it is to train, but he must know the basics of canine education to be able to benefit from a balanced dog. .


Ease of gaining weight

The French Spaniel is a robust and resistant dog. Nevertheless, certain diseases such as hip dysplasia and dermatological problems (eczema) should be watched.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 10 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a French Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The French Spaniel is characterized by a slight moult and a fairly reduced hair loss.

It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis. Her dress should be inspected after each walk for any pests and debris. His ears should be cleaned regularly to prevent ear infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a French Spaniel is between 800 € and 1300 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a French Spaniel is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The French Spaniel must be able to benefit from long daily walks . He needs to be on the move and to be able to evolve in large spaces , to exercise his flair and his natural qualities as a hunter. Regular outings in the forest, on bushy and rugged terrain allow him to feel in his element.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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