When it comes to an elegant, powerful hunting dog, there is nothing quite like the Brittany. Favored by hunters as a popular breed at field trails, the Brittany is quick, curious, independent, and easy to train. Great pets for families and retirees, Brittanys should not be left alone for long periods of time as they can become destructive.
Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your family or need a hunting companion, a Brittany might be the right fit for your lifestyle. Read on to find out more about Brittany dogs.
Favored by hunters as a popular breed at field trails, the Brittany is quick, curious, independent, and easy to train.
In the mid-1800s, French hunters developed a breed with a strong nose and a talent to point and retrieve. The name “Brittany” comes from a region in northwestern France. Images of Brittanys were seen on tapestries and paintings from the 17th century, which depicted orange and white dogs hunting and retrieving game.
Steeped in mystery, the beginnings of the Brittany breed of dog is questionable. Some experts say the dog is a cross between a white and an orange setter. Others think it was bred by matting English Setters. Whatever its background is, this breed is still a popular hunting and family dog, especially in Britain and France.
America first recognized the Brittany in 1931 and the breed was approved by the American Kennel Club in 1934. In 1982, the Spaniel was officially dropped from the name and the breed became simply known as “Brittany.”
Food / Diet
When feeding your Brittany, it’s best to choose high-quality dry dog foods. And since this breed is so energetic, ensure that you are feeding your dog enough food to sustain its abundant energy.
When it comes to an elegant, powerful hunting dog, there is nothing quite like the Brittany.
Brittanys need to be socialized early, otherwise you are run the risk of having a dog that won’t be able to hunt, much less follow commands. When training this breed, use love, gentleness, and consistency to teach this intelligent dog what is necessary.
Both the male and the female Brittanys weigh 30 to 40 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The Brittany dog may be a hunting dog, but it also boasts a charming disposition. Incredibly intelligent and sweet, Brittanys are known for being obedient when properly trained. Dogs love to please its family and come to life in a house full of kids. You’ll be treated to the Brittany’s consistently pleasant nature, so you’ll never have to worry about moodiness or other behavioral problems.
It is important to note that Brittany dogs need to be socialized from a young age. If your dog isn’t used to being around other dogs and people early, it may develop issues such as fearfulness and anxiety. As well, the breed needs lots of attention, so if you are a single who puts in long hours at work, this breed is probably not for you.
Common Health Problems
Like most hunting dogs, the Brittany is pretty hardy and healthy, as long as it is taken well cared of. However, you may come across problems such as glaucoma, spinal paralysis affecting the hind quarters and hip dysplasia. But overall though, these dogs are generally healthy.
Brittanys have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Don’t expect to sit on the couch with this dog – you’ll notice right away that the Brittany is a very energetic dog. It needs to be kept entertained, which is where your kids come in. If you love the outdoors, then this breed is the perfect companion for you – biking, hiking, and swimming are ideal for these energy-filled dogs. If you’re looking to stay fit or looking to drop a few pounds, the Brittany will help get you in shape. It is essential for the dog to have lots of space to run. Brittanys typically do best on acreage, but it will adjust to living in a house with a fenced yard as long as it has time to run and play daily.
Incredibly intelligent and sweet, Brittanys are known for being obedient when properly trained.
The American Kennel Club says this about the breed: “It has surged in popularity in the last 50 years due to its talents as both a hunting and show dog. Originally called the Brittany Spaniel, it is now referred to simply as the Brittany, as its hunting style more closely resembles that of pointing breeds.”
The Brittany dog has a dense single coat with wavy texture (as a cross between soft and wiry).
It is interesting to note that black Brittany dogs are never accepted by the various kennel clubs. Brittany dogs with white, orange, and liver coloring or any pattern containing these colors are considered to be acceptable
Grooming your dog is fairly simple. Your dog won’t need much maintenance – you will need to wash its coats about once a month and twice weekly brushings are recommended.
Like any pure breed, make sure you purchase your Brittany puppy from a reputable breeder to ensure both parents are healthy and happy. If you plan on showing your dog, it’s important to note that you no longer have to dock the puppy tail for some competitions. If you do plan on docking its tail, this should be done right after its birth.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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