The French Spaniel (Epagneul Français) was developed in France as a hunting dog, descended from dogs of the 14th century.
"If not the oldest, the French Spaniel is certainly one of the oldest, pointing dog blood lines. This handsome spaniel first gained fame during the Middle Ages as a setting dog, utilized both for net hunting and falconry. As direct descendants of the famous "chien d'oysel" these bird dogs - described by Gaston Phébus are the progenitors of virtually all of today's hunting spaniels."
Links to Breed Descriptions
American Kennel Club
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of Origin: France
Club de l'Epagneul Français: http://www.epagneul-francais.org/
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Articles in French...
Article published in the magazine Jour de Chasse n ° 54 winter 2013. :
Article: L’épagneul français : une légende vivante:
Articles in English
Shooting Times & Country Magazine (January 2014) UK -- David Tomlinson takes a look at the French Spaniel...
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
One of the major international standards:
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
This breed is recognized as an FSS since 2012 by the AKC.
Finland: Database: French Spaniel: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=175
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Acral Mutilation and Feet Analgesia: http://epagneulfrancais.org/acralmutilation.html
Antegene: AMS - Acral Mutilation Syndrome - English Cocker Spaniel - French Spaniel - English pointer
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
France: Club de l'Epagneul Français: http://www.epagneul-francais.org/
USA: The French Spaniel Club in the USA: https://sites.google.com/site/frenchspanielsintheusa/
Finland: Saksanseisojakerho: http://www.saksanseisojakerho.fi/
Canada: Le Club de l'épagneul Français du Canada: http://www.epagneul-francais.ca/Web_En/index.html
UK: French Spaniel Club UK: http://www.frenchspaniels.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frenchspanielclubuk/
Sweden: Specialklubben för Kontinentala Fågelhundar: http://www.skf-specialklubb.se/