The Brittany is a high-energy sporting breed that requires significant exercise. This native of France is affectionate and smart.
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Finding a Brittany
- Medium build
- Round head with high-set ears, deep-set eyes and dry, taut lips
- Coat: Short, somewhat feathered hair; comes in orange and white, liver and white or tri-colored
- Hazel or amber eyes
- Nose can be fawn, tan, brown or dark pink; never black
- Naturally tailless or docked to four inches
- Height: 17-21 inches
- Weight: 30-40 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Happy, affectionate, kind, obedient, smart, gentle, eager to please
- Interaction with people: Good with children if properly socialized; can be too energetic for small children
- Level of attention needed: Needs significant companionship
- Training: Needs early socialization
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy)
- Patellar luxation
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments; best in rural setting
- Needs long, daily walks or jogs
- Initially registered as the Brittany spaniel, this breed is actually a member of the pointers; in 1982 “spaniel” was officially dropped from the name
- Talents include hunting, pointing and retrieving
- More than 500 Brittanys have achieved the title of Dual Champion (winner of both field and show competitions) at American Kennel Club dog shows
- Originated in the 1800s in the Brittany province of France
- Ancestors date back to 150 A.D.
- Depicted in 17th century tapestries and paintings
- First written documentation was a clergyman’s account of an 1850 hunting trip
- First brought to the U.S. around 1931