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Saint-Usuge Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Saint-Usuge Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
St-Usuge Spaniel, Epagneul de Saint-Usuge
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Saint-Usuge Spaniel price:
Unknown
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History

Apparently the Saint-Usuge Spainel has come a long way and it is known since the 16th century. There is not much information about the breed before 20th century but according to Doctor Longin, he tells us in his research that the Saint-Usuge Spainel is not a recent creation but rather a very old one. According to the research some tapestries from the Pope’s palace and various castles in Avignon confirm the breed’s presence dating back a long time ago. Evidence in the Hunters’ Diary of 1838, mentioning the qualities of a dog that leave no nook unexplored, also suggests that these dogs existed way before.

However, by the mid 20th century the breed almost disappeared following the two world wars. Although there was someone who was at the origin of the new development of the breed, a priest called Robert Billard. In September 1945, after having been recently realized from a POW camp, he was given a parish in Saone-et-Loire in the Bresse region of France. The Bresse region is a sporting paradise for hunters, where quail, pheasant, and grouse hunting abound. Father Billard was an active hunter and he began to search for a suitable hunting dog. However, he did not just want any dog, he wanted a local dog. He was told of a local breed known as the “Epagneul de Saint-Usege” and contacted the Société Centrale Canine in order to find out what happened to the breed. Billard found out that the last recording of the Saint-Usege Spaniel was in a dog show in 1936 in the nearby town of Louhans, and he located the breed standard from that show. He decided to visit the hunters in the parish until he found a dog that matched the breed description, a female named Poupette. Not so much later, in 1950 he found a male spaniel named Dick, who was a son of Braco, the dog which won the best in a show at the show in 1936. He continued his search for other male dogs around the region as he wanted to reconstruct the breed. In 1962, he imported a Small Münestländer female named Bianca von der Rumerburg to incorporate her into his breeding program as that breed’s standards were most closely to the Saint-Usuge Spainel’s. In 1980, the work on reconstructing the breed was handed over to Serge Bey, a local conservation agent. Father Billard’s program bred almost 250 dogs over a 33 year period. Moreover in 1990, the national breed club in France was set up known as the Club de l’Epagneul de Saint-Usuge. The Société Centrale Canine eventually recognized the breed on the 8th of January in 2003, placing it within Group 7 with other continental spaniels. While the breed is not fully recognized by the American Kennel Club, it is listed as a breed in the club’s companion animal recovery scheme. In 2005 the Club de l’Epagnuel de Saint-Usuge already registered 797 dogs and the birth of 66 puppies. These dogs can be found throughout France with the majority being in Saone et Loire but there are also dogs in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States.

Overall, the Saint-Usuge is a superior hunting dog. The breed excels as a water dog, especially hunting grouse. Armed with a keen nose it loves to point and will retrieve tirelessly. This breed is very faithful to its master and it is also a wonderful family pet that loves children.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Saint-Usuge Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel weigh? Saint-Usuge Spaniel weight:
Male: 20–35 pounds (9–16 kg), Female:20–35 pounds (9–16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Saint-Usuge Spaniel? Saint-Usuge Spaniel average weight:
Male: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Saint-Usuge Spaniel? Saint-Usuge Spaniel height:
Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Saint-Usuge Spaniel average height:
Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
StraightSmoothThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Saint-Usuge Spaniel's coat?
Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Saint-Usuge Spaniel and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Saint-Usuge Spaniel requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Saint-Usuge Spaniel is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the St-Usuge Spaniel? Saint-Usuge Spaniel shedding level:
Saint-Usuge Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
LoyalAffectionateObedientMellowPatientTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Saint-Usuge Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Saint-Usuge Spaniel's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Saint-Usuge Spaniel sensitivity:
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the St-Usuge Spaniel need? Saint-Usuge Spaniel social needs:
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Epagneul de Saint-Usuge bark?
Average to high: The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel good as a watchdog?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Saint-Usuge Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Saint-Usuge Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the St-Usuge Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Saint-Usuge Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Saint-Usuge Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel do?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Saint-Usuge Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Saint-Usuge Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Saint-Usuge Spaniel roam?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Saint-Usuge Spaniel have high prey drive?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Saint-Usuge Spaniel and children:
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Saint-Usuge Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Saint-Usuge Spaniels good office dogs? Do Saint-Usuge Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the St-Usuge Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Saint-Usuge Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a boat dog?
Not really
Saint-Usuge Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Saint-Usuge Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs have health problems?
The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Saint-Usuge Spaniel be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Saint-Usuge Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Saint-Usuge Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Saint-Usuge Spaniel dogs require per day?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Saint-Usuge Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Saint-Usuge Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Saint-Usuge Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Saint-Usuge Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Saint-Usuge Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Saint-Usuge Spaniel drool?
The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Saint-Usuge Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Saint-Usuge Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Saint-Usuge Spaniel pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Saint-Usuge Spaniel pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Saint-Usuge Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Saint-Usuge Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Saint-Usuge Spaniel

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Saint-Usuge Spaniel's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Saint-Usuge Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Saint-Usuge Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Saint-Usuge Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Saint-Usuge Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Saint-Usuge Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Saint-Usuge Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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