Brittany

Quick facts

Brittany AKC Group: Sporting
Height: 17-25 Inches
Weight: 35-40 lbs male; 30-40 lbs female
Colors: plain or roan orange-white, liver-white
AKC recognized in: 1934

The Brittany is most known for its hearty and robust attitude - all packed into a lean, athletic and solid body. Their intelligence also makes them an ideal gun dog, making them able to quickly and efficiently retrieve downed fowl and small ground animals.

The physical traits of the Brittany emphasize their role as gun dogs: medium boned structure, lean and athletic muscles, and rugged but not clumsy. Even the gait of the Brittany is clean, smooth and very sleek.

The Brittany is also surprisingly resilient to cold and damp weather, as its deceptively modest coat of fur hides a denser layer underneath it. This makes them very good for owners living in a lot of wide open space.

Bred in France initially by crossing their small land spaniels with the English Settler, the Brittany were excellent woodcock hunters with strong noses. They were popular with poachers because of their ability to both point and retrieve. The breed was brought to America in the 1920s, but initially they were not very popular, since the feeling was that pointers should have a long tail. After proving their ability, though, the Brittany went on to become one of the most popular pointing breeds at field trials.

The Brittany has also been called the Brittany Spaniel and the Epagneul Breton.

Temperament

Brittany Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability four paws

The Brittany is a very good breed of dog for both hunters and non-hunters. Their intelligence gives them the edge when hunting, while their obedience and eagerness to please makes them excellent companions.

Brittany dogs also have a high level of energy, meaning they love to explore, play and generally sniff around for something to do. This energy is also expressed in a loving and affectionate mood, making it easy for a Brittany dog to live and play with both children and adults alike.

However, this same energy can backfire if you do not interact with your Brittany on a regular basis. A Brittany tends to become unstable and hyperactive or nervous and unstable if it is are not allowed to let some of its pent-up energy out.

This is exactly why Brittany owners have to dedicate a lot of free space for their dogs to roam around in. The confines of an apartment simply will not do for a Brittany, as they will end up a nervous wreck.

Another area of concern is social standing within the pack Ė with other dogs if you have them or with your family if you donít have other dogs. The same anxiety and jitteriness that affects a restrained Brittany will begin to manifest themselves if the dog is not comfortable in its social rank.

A few dog obedience lessons will solve these problems, especially those regarding alpha males. Long walks or extensive play sessions will also help a Brittany relax at the end of a day.

Health and Exercise

The Brittany has a life span of between 12 and 13 years.

The Brittany is one of the tougher dog breeds out there, which makes them even more prized as gun dogs. They are generally resistant to most types of disease, and their genetic weaknesses are limited to two vulnerabilities: hip dysplasia and epilepsy.

Grooming is not much of a problem, as you only need to brush your Brittany on regular basis to develop a good coat of fur. The occasional trimming and shampooing is necessary as you see fit, and doing these once a month is enough for a healthy Brittany.

And another thing about Brittany dogs: their floppy ears tend to trap moisture, so make sure to clean out the ears during these trimming and shampooing sessions.

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