(Brittany, Epagneul Breton, American Brittany) The Brittany Spaniel is a popular hunting dog with a medium build and a leggy, hearty stature. They are active, agile, and love to roam. Their skulls are rounded and medium-length with a comparatively straight muzzle and a pronounced stop. Their noses are dark and vary slightly in color depending on the color of the dog’s coat. Their intelligent eyes are amber or hazel in color and their ears are short, triangular in shape, and hang close to the head. Tails of this breed are docked or naturally short. The fairly short, lightly feathered coat exists in a number of colors including orange and white, liver and white, black and white, liver tri-color, and black tri-color. Some ticking is acceptable in the show ring.
Any Brittany with black in their coat is not allowed to be shown in AKC dog shows.
The Brittany Spaniel is a hunting breed that is loving, gentle, and eager to please. They are enthusiastic, independent, and passionate about their work. Highly intelligent, alert, and generally good-natured, the Brittany Spaniel is obedient and easy to handle and train. When properly socialized, the Brittany Spaniel is an excellent family pet and gets along well with children and other animals. While they are commonly used as hunting dogs, they are rapidly growing in popularity as a companion dog. They are fun-loving, jolly, and full of character.
They can also be a bit rowdy at times and have a great, humorous personality.
The Brittany Spaniel is a comparatively healthy breed. Some Brittany Spaniels are prone to hip dysplasia and seizures. They average 6 puppies per litter and typically live for 10 to 15 years.
This breed lives 12 to 14 years on average.
Many believe that the Brittany Spaniel is the result of a cross between the Orange and White Setter and an unidentified French dog breed. They are a hearty hunting breed that was first shown in the province of Brittany (located in France) in 1896. The breed’s official recognition dated from 1938. Before receiving a standard, the Brittany Spaniel underwent several changes of fortune. In the United States, the Brittany Spaniel is commonly referred to as the “Brittany”.
The term spaniel was dropped in 1983 do the the fact that this breed has more setter like traits.
The Brittany Spaniel’s medium-length, flat coat requires daily brushing. Bathing and dry shampooing as necessary will help the coat stay in good condition. Brittany Spaniels used in the show ring require a substantial amount of professional grooming. In general, the Brittany Spaniel is a low maintenance dog. Ears should be checked carefully and nails should be kept trimmed. This breed is a light shedder.
They have fur so soft it is like silk.
The Brittany Spaniel is not recommended for a small household or apartment. They are active indoors and are happiest with some acreage. Brittany Spaniels can tolerate temperature fluctuations. They enjoy exercise and have incredible stamina.
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- Travel Sickness
Is this breed particularly susceptible to motion sickness ? Does anyone have any remedies ?Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers
- Biting - dominant, fiesty or playing?
I have an eight-month-old male Brittany. He is very lovable (and loved) and playful; he eats well, gets exercised for at least an hour a day, has toys and treats, and has had some professional training. The problem is he mouths...Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers
- new brittany puppy
Hello everyone. I am afraid I may have made a mistake and puppy will suffer. We just bought an 8wk old brittany, Floyd, and we already love him. My husband hunts and I have 3 children. The problem is, we live in an apartment. I...Asked by Anonymous - 3 answers
- Are we pushing him too much
Our dog Hank is so sweet and loveable! He is always wanting to please us. Sometimes I wander if he is too tired when we ask him if he wants to go for a run after he has had plenty of excersise and he goes and then he seems to be so...Asked by Anonymous - 2 answers