This hunting dog was developed in the 19th century in the Picardy region of France and was considered a variety of Epagnhee of Picardy. From 1921 it was acknowledged as an independent breed but it is rarely found even in its native place.
It's a large-sized, strong, proportionate dog with a long, black muzzle. The eyes are big, dark. The ears are long and drooping. The tail is medium-sized and slightly curved. The fur is smooth and short on the head, longer and slightly wavy on the rest of the body, richer on its legs, ears and tail . It's gray with black patches, which gives it a bluish look.
It's a smart, sociable, gentle, friendly dog with a strong sense of smell. It is obediant, protective and devoted to its master, patient, cheerful and affectionate with children. It's a watchful dog and will always announce the presence of strangers. It gets along well with other dogs and other animals.
An occasional brushing is sufficient to prevent the fur getting tangled and to maintain its beautiful look.
This dog has a high level of activity, it is resistant to weather changes and feels best in an enclosed yard where it can move freely. It is suitable for an active family without to much experience in raising dogs. It needs a lot of exercise. It likes to run, swim, fetch and play.
It's a dog that is eager to please its master, it's a fast learner, sensitive to the tone of the voice. It can be easily trained and with a gentle, consistent training, good results can be achieved.
It's a good pointer, used for hunting small animals and also birds (rabbit, duck ) on any type of terrain. It is a gentle and affectionate companion.