Thinking about purchasing a Brittany? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Brittany breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Brittany owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Brittany and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Brittany Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Brittany and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Brittany Breed Profile
The Brittany (or Brittany Spaniel) is a compact, closely knit dog of medium size, and leggy in appearance. They are strong, vigorous, energetic and have quick movement. Brittanys can be tricolor, black and white or liver and white. They have short drop ears that are high on the head, and have medium length hair with has splotches of color on the body and face. Sometimes they have freckles. Brittany Spaniels can be born with or without tails, or with naturally docked tails. The appropriate length for the tail according to the AKC is four inches. The Brittany's first love is birds, then people. Brittany Spaniels make excellent pointing birds dog because of their keen sense of smell. They are the only spaniel that points to game, thus making them the most popular breed for pointing field trials. Their ability to point and obey is unmatched. Brittanys, or Epagneul Bretons, do try to please their masters and are excellent at obedience. They are agreeable with children and other pets, but should not be rough-housed with, as they can become too excited around some children. They make excellent search dogs, originally bred for searching out woodcock in the regions of France. Their temperament is quite mild and obedient. Colorful in body and spirit, the Brittany makes an awesome hunter and companion.
Other Names: Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel
Type: Gun Dog
17.5 - 20.5 inches.
Orange and white, liver and white, tri-colored, or black and white. They
have roan patterns, with splotches of color on the face, ears, and back. They
usually have a blaze up the front of their face, and white legs and feet. Although
clear colors are preferred, ticking is also probable. Their noses are never
black, only pink, dark pink, orange or brown.
Spaniels are loyal, obedient, friendly, highly intelligent, active. They are
very energetic and love to do a job. They are very apt to pleasing their owners,
and enjoy a good run. They are good-natured, lively and trainable. They tend
to be very obedient and love the outdoors. They need gentle training, not harsh
They have a keen sense of smell and sight, pointing towards the catch. Therefore
they would be good watchdogs.
Brittany Care and Training:
Brittanys don't need a lot of grooming. The Brittany Spaniel needs minimal trimming
of their hocks and feet. Grooming twice a week is sufficient. Regular nail care
is necessary, but minimal. Brushing their coat daily will help keep it clean.
Brittany Spaniels need regular exercise or they may become restless. They will
benefits from training with a firm but gentle hand.
Activity: Very High
Brittany Health Issues: Brittanys are relatively healthy dogs. Possible health concerns include hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), skin problems by allergies, heart defects and epilepsy. If the dog is poorly bred it may result in temperament problems, such as nervousness or anxiety.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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