The Brittany is the smallest of the true pointers. More along the lines of a Spaniel but square in shape and as tall as it is long. They have intelligent faces.
The History Of The Brittany
The Brittany is also known as Epagneul Breton and the Brittany Spaniel. They originated in France during the 1700's.
Bearing the name of the region where it originated, this breed was already popular as a hunting dog in 18th century Brittany. Brittany’s were introduced to the United States in 1931 and as now are a popular choice for the solo dog hunter. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934.
Description Of The Brittany
The short ears with rounded tips hang close to the head and are not altered. Tails are naturally short but docked exceeding four inches.
The Brittany is an energetic, medium sized dog with a short, feathered single coat. They are extremely agile. The eyes are amber or hazel, depending on the coat color. They have rounded skulls of medium-length with a straight muzzle, a pronounced stop. The nose is more or less dark depending on the coat color.
Dogs average 17 - 21 inches tall at the shoulder and bitches 18 - 20 inches. Dogs weigh from 35 - 40 pounds and bitches 30 - 40 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
Regular brushing of the medium-length, flat coat is all that is necessary to keep it in good condition. Some skilled trimming of the coat is needed for proper show grooming. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. Generally a low maintenance dog but check the ears carefully after walks in the countryside.
Temperament and Brittany Training
The Brittany is an intelligent dog and easy to handle and train for hunting. It is a gentle and affectionate dog which is obedient and eager to please. This breed is valued as an active and enthusiastic hunter.
They can become timid if roughly handled. Socialize them from a young age. They are good with children if they are raised with them from puppies. They can adapt to all types of terrain and are resistant to cold, damp conditions.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Brittany is around 10-12 years.
The Brittany is generally a healthy breed. Some strains are prone to hip dysplasia and seizures.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Brittany is suitable for apartment life. They are very active indoors and prefer large grounds to roam. They need a lot of exercise and will do best with an active outdoor person or hunter.
For More Information on the Brittany
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Brittanies have more dual champions than in any other breed.
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