Saint-Usuge Spaniel is the smallest among French Spaniels, that is, spaniels. These animals passionate hunters and wonderful companions have been known since the Middle Ages, they were quite popular in France, but by the twentieth century, interest in them gradually faded, and the breed was on the verge of extinction.
- Country of origin: France
- The size: Average
- Growth: 40–47 cm
- The weight: 12–15 kg
- Age: 10–15 years
- FCI breed group: Not recognized
- Excellent working qualities;
- Likes to swim and play water games.
The restoration of the population of these spaniels and the preservation of the species was undertaken by the clergyman Robert Billiard, who was a passionate hunter. Thanks to his efforts and the efforts of other enthusiasts who are not indifferent to the breed, at the present time the Saint-Usuge Spaniel is restored, and recognized by the French kennel federation, however, it is still far from recognition by the FCI.
Typical representatives of the Saint-Usuge Spaniel breed are medium-sized dogs with the characteristic appearance of spaniels. They are distinguished by a square body with a strong neck, loin, and slightly sloping croup. The head of the spaniel is medium size, with a wide forehead and an elongated muzzle. The eyes are not small, but not large, dark. The ears are higher than usual, long and hanging, with a mop of curly hair that also covers the entire body of the pet. The color of the spaniels is brown or brown-roan. Tails are often docked.
These cute dogs have an easy, friendly disposition they will love you. In addition, they are absolutely non-aggressive and fearless. These animals like to swim and play water games. Due to their nature, good trainability, and small size, they are excellent companions. However, on the hunt, Saint-Usuge Spaniels show excellent results: they are reckless and tireless.
It does not require special techniques and is quite unpretentious. However, the coat, especially on the ears, needs regular combing and care. Also, owners need to check the condition of the auricles from time to time in order to notice inflammation in time. Of course, annual vaccination and regular treatment of the dog for parasites are necessary.
Since the dog is a hunting dog, the owners of Saint-Usuge Spaniel should take this into account and not deprive a friend of their favorite entertainment, for which he was bred. The best place to keep a country house. But these spaniels can also live perfectly in apartments, provided they travel for hunting or training.
Despite the fact that the breed is no longer threatened with complete extinction, Saint-Usuge Spaniels are practically not found outside of France. Those wishing to buy a puppy will have to go to the birthplace of the breed or negotiate with breeders about the delivery of the puppy, paying for it. Additional expenses, no doubt, will affect the cost of the dog, which needs to be taken into account before buying.