- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys vigorous walks
- Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
- Medium dog
- Minimum drool
- Requires grooming every other day
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Generally friendly with other dogs
- Gets along with other pets with training
- Great family dog
- Needs a large garden
- Can live in semi-rural areas
- Can be left alone with training
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years|
|Weight:||14 – 18kg|
|Height:||47 – 51cm|
|Colours:||They come in orange and white, liver and white, black and white,
tri-colour and roan
|UK Kennel Club Groups:||Gundog|
|Easy to train:||3/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||1/5|
|Likes other pets:||5/5|
Sociable and affectionate, the Brittany still retains a desire to hunt using sight and scent, and they are a busy, characterful dog with plenty of stamina and speed. Due to their sociable nature with people and other dogs, they make an excellent family dog with the right amount of exercise, training and entertainment, but this is not a dog to leave bored or unfulfilled!
History and Origins
Country of Origin: France
Previously known as the Brittany Spaniel, the Brittany’s origins lie in the pointers, setters and spaniels of Britain and France.
In the Brittany region, the local spaniel and gundog types were mixed with the pointers and setters brought over by British landed gentry, who came for the snipe and partridge season and would leave their dogs in the care of French kennels from one season to the next. The offspring of these became the Brittany Spaniel, but with more influence from setters and pointers, they became longer in the leg and lost the long eared shorter legged spaniel look around the 19th Century.
Still considered a useful HPR (Hunt, Point, Retrieve) breed today, the Brittany was used to fulfil all those functions in the hunting field and this multi-talented breed retained its popularity, eventually entering the show-ring and becoming recognised by the Kennel Club in 1986.
Did You Know?
- Brittany’s can be long tailed or can have a natural stubby tail; -or sometimes even be born totally tailless.
- Brittany’s are known to become very attached to their owners and are prone to developing separation anxiety, so this isn’t a suitable breed if you spend a lot of time out the house.
- Brittany type dogs can be traced back to tapestries and paintings from the 17th century.
- The Brittany gets its name from the French Province it comes from.
- It’s thought that Brittany’s and Welsh Springer Spaniels are closely related and share the same ancestors.