Official Standard of the French Spaniel
Medium size dog, elegant and muscled, of medium proportions, of braccoïd type. Its balanced construction provides the energy and toughness essential for its utilization. The bone structure is strong without being coarse.
The length of the body (from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock) is slightly superior (by 2 to 3 cm) to the height at the withers. The length of the chest is equal or superior to 6/10th of the length of the body.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
Balanced, frank, gentle, calm and docile, enthusiastic hunter, sociable with other dogs and an ideal companion in all circumstances. Excellent pointing dog, it also has a talent for retrieving.
Carried proudly, without heaviness, without excessive leanness and showing well defined outlines. Of medium length and width.
Skull: The lateral sides are almost parallel. The superciliary arches are marked. In profile, the axes of the skull and the muzzle are slightly divergent.
Stop : Progressive and moderately pronounced.
Nose: Brown, well pigmented; with wide open nostrils.
Muzzle: A slightly convex nasal bridge is preferable to a straight one; it is a little shorter than the skull.
Lips: The upper lip fits well. Seen in profile, it falls almost vertically at the front and curves progressively up to the only slightly visible but well closed corner of the lips. The upper lip must not cover the lower lip excessively.
Jaws/Teeth: Complete dentition. Scissors bite or pincer bite (edge to edge). Scissor incisors are preferred to edge to edge incisors.
Eyes: The eyes of a cinnamon to dark brown colour, as close as possible to that of the patches, express kindness and intelligence. They are quite big, of oval shape. The brown eyelids are well fitted to the eyeball. The upper eyelid is well furnished with eyelashes.
Ears : Well set back at eye level, carried close to the cheeks. Pulled gently towards the front, the end of the cartilage must just reach the base of the nose. The fringes are more or less long and wavy.
Muscled, profile slightly arched, oval cross section, without dewlap.
Topline: Straight, well sustained in both action and standing.
Withers : Lean, well defined and broad.
Loin: Broad, not too long and powerfully muscled.
Croup: Broad, rounded, harmoniously sloping in the extension of the loin and without visible bony structure.
Chest: Ample, of great capacity, let down to elbow level.
Brisket : Ample and harmoniously rounded.
Underline and belly: Harmoniously raised towards the belly, without exaggerated tuck-up.
TAIL : Not docked, reaching the point of the hock, not deviated, set below the topline. Carried obliquely, curving downwards at the root and curving more or less upwards at the tip. Strong at its root, tapering progressively towards the tip. Furnished with long wavy silky fringes starting at a few centimetres from the root, lengthening to the middle part, and then getting progressively shorter towards the tip.