Brittany dog standing

Brittany

The Brittany dog breed, originally called the Brittany Spaniel, is a fowl hunter with both retriever and spaniel characteristics. They are happy, alert and friendly dogs that need intense physical and mental exercise.

Brittanys have lots of energy and enjoy being outside running, playing and hunting. This could be the dog at the park running and catching a flying disk or playing a game of fetch.


Origin

The Brittany dog breed is from the province of Brittany in France. They were breed to point and retrieve game, making them good hunters.

They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club(AKC) in 1934. Brittanys were originally called Brittany Spaniels, but the AKC dropped Spaniel from the breed name in 1982.


Group

The Brittany dog breed is a member of the American Kennel Club’s sporting group of dogs.



Size

Brittanys are medium size dogs that stand 17.5 to 20.5 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 30 to 40 pounds.


Color

The Brittany dog breed can be one of 7 colors and they have no markings according to the AKC. The colors and combination of colors are liver and white, liver roan, liver white and orange, orange and white, orange roan, white and liver, white and orange, black and white, black white and orange, blue roan, and white black and orange.


Temperament

Brittanys are happy, friendly, affectionate, alert and energetic dogs that are good with children and other pets. They truly enjoy being outside and hunting.


Energy

They are very energetic dogs needing at least one hour of intensive exercise each day. Dog sports such as agility, disk dog competitions and flyball.


Health

The average lifespan of the Brittany dog breed is 12 to 15 years of age. Generally healthy dogs, they can be prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.


Shedding

With a short coat and some feathering, brushing twice per week will keep your Brittany’s coat in good shape as they don’t shed a lot.


Brittany puppy liver and whiteOther Grooming

The Brittany will need their teeth brushed two to three times a week and clean their ears once a week. Their nails should be trimmed once a month or as needed.


Training

Brittanys are smart dogs who will enjoy training, both physically and mentally. Intense physical and mental exercise will be required daily. These high energy dogs really enjoy hunting, pointing and retrieving.


Separation Anxiety

Brittanys love to be around people and will suffer from separation anxiety when alone for a few hours. Their anxiety will turn into destructive behavior and excessive barking.


Rescue

If you have an interest in the Brittany dog breed, please consider adoption. You can search for a Brittany available for adoption in your area by going to PetFinder.com.

To find a rescue organization, you can enter “Brittany Rescue” into a search engine such as Google. You can also search including your zip code by entering “Brittany Rescue + zip code”, replacing zip code with your actual zip code.


What do you think about the Brittany dog breed? Leave a comment below or share a story about your dog. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.

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