Brittany Spaniel

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AKC Group: Sporting

The exact origins of the Brittany are unknown. They are thought to have descended from an Orange and White Setter and a not clearly defined French dog. They are believed to have originated from the French province of Brittany. The Brittany remains one of the most popular breeds of pointed dogs for bird hunting and the smallest breed of gun dogs.

Size: 17.5 to 20.5 inches tall, 30 to 40 pounds.

Color: Orange with white; liver with white; roan patterned or tri-colored. (Tri-colored are liver with white dogs that have orange markings on the eyebrows, muzzle and cheeks.)

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

Health problems: Spinal problems, hip dysplasia, glaucoma, seizures, liver problems or heart problems.

Brittanys have short, dense coats that can be wavy. Some of the hair on the legs is feathered. The ears fold down. A Brittany always looks alert and confident.

Brittanys are loyal, cheerful, eager and dedicated. A Brittany loves to play and to exercise; these dogs are a bundle of energy. They have intelligence to spare and are easy to train. They are, in turn, naturally obedient. Brittanys love people and attention. If you aren’t giving your Brittany enough attention, you’ll know it. If he’s a destructive nightmare, he needs more quality time with you. A Brittany is a sensitive dog that wants to please you. On the negative side, Brittanys can be a bit too independent and sometimes too spirited. They want nothing more than to be in on all the action. With children, Brittanys are gentle. They get along with all children and other companion animals. Early socialization is a must. They are timid with strangers. (Some Brittany lines are naturally timid.) They make an effective watchdog and an all-around great family pet.

A Brittany coat is soft and beautiful. He should be brushed twice a week to remove dead hair and prevent matting. During shedding season, he may require more attention.

Training should commence as soon as your Brittany comes home. Socialization is extremely important. If he’ll be crated when you’re not home, that should also begin first thing after he comes home. Naturally prone to barking, this should always be discouraged. Excitable and rambunctious, proper house manners will be next on the list. A Brittany tends to become destructive when left alone for extended periods. They respond to love and gentleness. They do want to please you; harshness is completely counter-productive.

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