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The Pont-Audemer Spaniel or Epagneul
Pont-Audemer is a breed of gundog which is virtually
unknown outside of its native country of France.
The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog, weighing 44 to
60 pounds (20-27 kg), and standing around 20 to 23 inches (52-58
The coat is long and wavy, but smooth about the face. The color
is liver or brown, or a mixture of liver or brown and white.
Ticking is quite common.
Head of a Pont-Audemer 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, but like their relative, the Brittany Spaniel,
can also work as pointers and flushers.
The breed is alleged to have been developed in the Pont-Audemer region
of France in the nineteenth century. It is believed that the Barbet and/or Poodle may have gone into the Pont-Audemer's
makeup as well as old spaniel breeds such as the Picardy
Spaniel. The breed's numbers were never large, and so few
examples existed after World War II that it became necessary to
cross-breed dogs with Irish Water Spaniels. The
population of these unique spaniels is still small, and the breed
is in danger of extinction.