Brittany

Dog Breed Profile
Brittany Spaniel

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Stats:
• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat and cold

Overview:

This fun-loving dog breed is always ready for adventure, whether he’s playing or running with his family or in the field practicing his hunting and scouting talents. The Brittany has long legs combined with his lighter bones which make him an extremely fast and agile sporting dog. He’s alert and energetic, and his athletic build makes him able to spend long periods of time running.

The Brittany needs daily exercise, not only for his body but also for his mind, and although he’s an independent breed, he does obey and is sensitive to his owners’ commands and wishes. Without proper exercise to release his high energy he can become destructive, so ensuring his daily long walk or run will keep him happy and content and behaved

  • Can live outdoors in temperate climates but require regular socialization with their family
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include the hips
  • Grooming needs include twice weekly brushing
  • The Brittany is a very affectionate and friendly, loving animal that can be difficult to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 30 to 40lbs and 17.5 to 20.5 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 30 to 40lbs and 17.5 to 20.5 inches tall

Care & Health:

Be sure to give your Brittany Spaniel at least an hour’s worth of exercise every day, and find ways to stimulate his mind as well. He’s capable of living outdoors in more temperate climates but he needs to have regular contact with his family. He won’t do well in an apartment.

His coat does not require a large amount of grooming, but it’s still important to brush him about twice a week.

Major Health Concerns:

–CHD

Minor Health Concerns:

–epilepsy, lipfoldpyoderma and occasionally spinal paralysis

Test for:

–hip

Life Span:

– 12 to 13 years

Breed History:

Named after the Brittany region of France, these dogs exact lineage is not quite known, although it is believed that they developed from a cross between land spaniels and the English setter. It wasn’t long before their popularity grew with French gentry but poachers also found them highly valuable for their ability to point and retrieve, and the fact that these dogs are highly obedient didn’t hurt either.

In 1907 the Brittany Spaniel was registered in France and landed in Mexico in the mid-20s. They were recognized by the AKC in 1925, and despite the fact that the tails were missing or docked, this pointer abnormality was eventually overlooked due to their amazing abilities in the field.

In 1982 Spaniel was removed as part of their name and they were renamed only Brittany.

  • Family history is gundog, setter, pointer, versatile hunting dog
  • Originally from France
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was pointing and retrieving
  • Today they are used for pointing and retrieving, pointing field trials
  • Also known as epagnuel Breton, Brittany Spaniel