Description: Bred as bird hunters, dogs of this breed are happy, alert, and active. He loves to work and is eager to please. He thrives on challenges and exercise, work and friendship, and makes an ideal dog for someone who can give him a serious daily workout.
If you hit a Brittany, it will become hand shy, raise your voice and it will drop into a submissive posture and freeze. If you’re going to use the Brittany as a hunting dog, do your research or find a Brittany trainer. Obedience training is simple if done gently. Because of his pointing instinct, keep your Brittany on a leash when out walking or jogging with it.
A happy, alert dog, neither mean nor shy. The Brittany’s natural pointing abilities make it a great retriever and hunting companion. They are exceptionally friendly, love people and get along well with other dogs.
Other Names: Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel
Height: 17.5 - 20.5 inches
Weight: 30 - 40 lbs.
Colors: Orange/white, liver/white, tri-colored, roan patterns.
Coat: Dense, flat, wavy coat, not curly, some feathering on the legs.
Temperament: Loyal, obedient, friendly, highly intelligent, active.
With Children: Yes, pleasant with children.
With Pets: Yes, pleasant with other pets.
Care and Training: Minimal trimming of hocks and feet. Grooming twice a week. Regular nail care. Regular exercise is necessary or he may become restless. Benefits from training with a firm but soft hand.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Prefers a home with a back yard, needs plenty of exercise and an active owner who prefers a high energy dog. Can adapt to to apartment living. Usually a one person dog, but he will adjust to a living in a household.
Health Issues: Healthy dog. Some cases of hip dysplasia, glaucoma, skin problems by allergies. Possibility to be high strung and nervous if poorly bred.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 6 - 10
Country of Origin: France
History: It is possible that he may date back as far back as 150 A.D. More accurately he can be found in French and Dutch paintings and tapestries from the 17th century. The Brittany Spaniel is said to have come from France in the province of Brittany. He was first exhibited in the early 1900's in France and made his way to the United States in 1931.