The Brittany Spaniel is of Brittany France origins and is recognized as one of the world’s supreme gun dogs. It first appeared in the 19th century and was officially recognized in 1938. Originally used as a working dog, the Brittany Spaniel of today is short of many tasks but is still an avid hunter at heart.
As a naturally active creature, the Brittany Spaniel has a body of an athlete dog, a well-built and lean looking musculature. However, this body build does not make this dog heavy but instead; it makes it look light and able. Its head encloses a rounded skull and bears a pair of intelligent, alert and curious pair of eyes.
Its legs are long and lean, perfect for perpetually running and chasing around the acreage of its surroundings. When it walks, it is always in a manner of flexible, long and free strides. As often seen, the Brittany Spaniel always has a short tail and this may sometimes come naturally or docked since Brittanies born with long tails undergo docking.
There are two recognized sub-varieties of the Brittany Spaniel and they are the American Brittany and the French Brittany. The American Brittany appears in tri colors of white, orange and liver and other combinations aside from these are considered disqualifications. French Brittanies, however, accepts other color combinations aside from white, orange and liver; the French variety sometimes appears in black.
The term spaniel for this breed has been the topic of many arguments because some experts say that this breed is actually of the pointer or setter type. However, the Brittany Spaniel looks like a spaniel although it does not flush out games just like any other spaniel breed would do. In the US, this breed is only called the American Brittany because the term spaniel has been fervently discouraged.
The Brittany is an excellent dog for hunting, highly trainable, sensitive and sweet. It is very active and mostly wants to run sprightly and vigorously in the open. Because of this, it is always best to allow this pet to be spirited in a wide fenced area everyday, at one time with a leash and the other without.
If there are Brittanies that are obnoxious and incontrollable, they are proofof wrong trainings and mistreatments. Brittanies that are improperly and wrongly trained tends to become shy and scared of new people. However, if they are well-exposed and properly trained, they become sociable, sweet and obedient.
Just like any other breed, the Brittany strives to experience human companionship and love from the master always. If it is not given enough attention and love, it becomes a problem dog with destructive behaviors. Apartment or crammed-spaced dwelling does not fit this dog but rather a well-conditioned and wide spaced yard is best for it.
- Bright, Fun-Loving, Upbeat
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 26 of 193
- Height: 17.5-20.5 inches
- Weight: 30-40 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Group: Sporting Group