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Brittany Spaniels Information

Description

Brittany’s are medium sized, vigorous, hearty dogs ranging in height from seventeen to twenty-one inches at the withers and from thirty to forty pounds.  These square proportioned dogs have long front legs with graceful leg bones and muscular broad thighs on their strong hindquarters.  Expressive, heavy eyebrows protect their amber or hazel eyes which look alert and eager.  Their muzzle is medium length and tapers gradually to their deep pink, brown, tan, or fawn colored nose with well-opened nostrils.  Brittany’s can have tails up to approximately four inches long, be tailless, have it left natural or docked.  Neither silky nor wiry, their dense, lightly feathered, fairly short coats are either wavy or flat.  Brittany’s coats come in many colors including, liver and white, orange and white, black tricolor, liver tricolor and either roam or clear patterns.      

Temperament

Brittany’s are intelligent, good-natured, easily trained dogs that are eager to please and obedient.  Easy to care for and good-natured, they do require early socialization.  They are wonderful with children but because of their exuberance and size, monitor them around small children as the dog could hurt them accidentally.  They like other dogs and usually get along with them.  Brittany’s require sensitive, gentle, careful training to keep from breaking this sensitive, charming dog’s spirit.  If treated unkindly they usually become timid, withdrawn and lose their happy, playful nature.   

Grooming & Shedding

Because a Brittany’s coat is not very thick or long, it only requires minimal care.  They shed lightly and brushing them a couple of times a week is usually sufficient to keep their coats in great condition.  Only dry shampoo or bathe a Brittany when necessary.  Show dogs require some skilled trimming but for family pets, that is not necessary.  Check their ears often and carefully, especially for dogs that are out in brushy or rough terrain often.    

History

Many believe that the Brittany originated in a province in France called Brittany and were hearty hunting dogs.  1896 was the first time that they showed the Brittany breed in France and in 1907 this breed was officially recognized.  For hunting birds, the Brittany is certainly one of the top pointing breeds. They believe that it was in 1931 that the Brittany arrived in America and recognized in 1934 by the American Kennel Club.  In the United States, they refer to this breed as ‘Brittany’ but many other countries refer to them as ‘Brittany Spaniels’.      

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: canine hip dysplasia
  • Minor Concerns: epilepsy, lipfold pyoderma
  • Occasionally seen: spinal paralysis
  • Suggested tests: hip

Characteristics

Height

Males 17-21 inches (43-53 cm)

Females 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)

Weight

Males 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg)

Females 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)

Lifespan

10-12 years

Exercise

High

Apartment

No

Families

No

Young Children

Yes –with training and socialization

Need exercise space

Yes – large space to roam

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