Brittany

Overview

The leggiest of the sporting breeds, the Brittany is square-proportioned, the elevation at the shoulder equaling the amount of the human body. It stands slightly higher in the withers than at the rump. It’s medium-sized with mild bone. The blend of extended legs and mild bones endows the Brittany with impressive speed and agility. Actually, the strain is quite fast and is famous because of its ground-covering side motion in the trot. The Brittany might be born tailless or have the tail docked to approximately 4 inches. The breed’s jacket is much less profuse than that of spaniels and can be either horizontal or wavy. An excessively profuse coat is harmful when searching in briars and is thought to be a serious fault. The Brittany’s saying is alert and excited, but tender. The eyes are protected from briars with a rather thick forehead. The Brittany is a very athletic, enthusiastic dog which ought to be prepared and can operate from the area for long periods.

The Brittany is fast and inquisitive, constantly watching out for birds or enjoyable. It enjoys to run, scout, play and huntwith. It’s a different character, befitting any pointing strain, yet It’s sensitive and
Very receptive to human leadership. The Brittany makes a fantastic house pet, so long as it receives everyday physical and mental exercise. If not given adequate exercise, it can become harmful..

AKC RANKING 30
FAMILY gundog, setter, pointer, versatile hunting dog
AREA OF ORIGIN France
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION pointing and retrieving
TODAY’S FUNCTION pointing and retrieving, pointing field trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 17.5-20.5 Weight: 30-40
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 17.5-20.5 Weight: 30-40
OTHER NAME epagneul Breton, Brittany spaniel
The Brittany is normally a hardy dog that needs very little upkeep. Its important requirement is to get abundant exercise, at least an hour of effort — not just walking — daily. Because of this, it’s not suited to apartment life. It can live outside in temperate weather, however it’s a social dog which requires human interaction. Its coat isn’t especially thick or long, but it will require cleaning once or twice per week.
  • Energy levelHigh energy
  • Exercise needsHigh
  • PlayfullnessVery playful
  • Affection levelVery affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersVery friendly
  • Ease of trainingHard to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: CHD
• Minor concerns: epilepsy, lipfold pyoderma
• Occasionally seen: spinal paralysis
• Suggested tests: hip
• Life span: 12 – 13 years
From the mid-1800s, French sportsmen spanned their little land spaniels with English setters in efforts to generate a dog better suited to their requirements. A number of these offspring were tailless, and their descendants continued to be tailless or even stub-tailed. More to the point, they have been exceptional woodcock hunters with strong noses. These dogs soon became popular not just with all the French gentry but additionally with poachers, since they’d both stage and recover and were exceptionally obedient — essential attributes for the covert actions of the poachers. The very first Brittany (or even “epagneul Breton”) was registered in France in 1907. The Brittany arrived to America (Mexico) about 1925 and has been AKC recognized in 1925. The strain took some time to be approved, largely because hunters anticipated a pointing dog to have a very long tail. When the puppies have been given a chance, however, they proved their mettle and have since become the hottest of all pointing breeds in field trials. Actually, registrations finally jumped to put the Brittany one of the top 20 in popularity, no doubt due to its bird-hunting skills, close-ranging hunting fashion, small dimensions and tractable character. Though enrolled as the Brittany spaniel using all the AKC from 1934, the term spaniel has been dropped in 1982 in favor of their dog’s hunting fashion, which is similar to that of a setter than a spaniel

 

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