"The 'All About the Bird' Dog"
Probably related to European settlers, the Brittany used to be called a Brittany Spaniel. The name was changed to acknowledge that the Brittany hunts more like a setter than a spaniel. According to the European standard, the Brittany is grouped as a pointing breed. In other words, this is a versatile all-around hunter, and the Brittany can do it all – setting, pointing, flushing, and retrieving. A popular hunting companion, the Brittany has risen dramatically in popularity in the last century, and is currently the 31st most popular AKC-breed. His ground-covering stride carries him quickly across a field searching for birds – or in a park after a ball.
These dogs are playful and happy to join their family in anything. Most are friendly and accepting of strangers. Some Britts are hesitant about meeting new people, so they do well with a puppy kindergarten or other social activities as soon as they're immunized. They're happy, waggy dogs who always greet their family with an invitation to play.
White with orange or liver markings and medium-length hair. Color may be clear or roaned (streaks of color through the white). Tri markings are occasionally found. Some are born with a natural bobbed tail; otherwise, the tail is docked in the western hemisphere. The body is leggy. Eyes tone with coat, usually amber to hazel.
A Britt is tuned in to his owner, alert and eager to please. Lots of praise and food motivation will turn this guy on to anything you want to do. They're good obedience workers and are streaks of flying hair when participating in agility or flyball. They'll keep at it until you're tired out!
Grooming & Care
Easy care brushing to remove dead hair and to keep the coat healthy. This also helps remove burrs and other debris accumulated during outings, particularly if the dog runs through the brush.
Eye and hip problems, seizures, some heart or liver disease.
Dual CH/AFC Ban-Dee, who won 3 National Chamionships and is the AKC Dog Hall of Fame.
|Activity Level||Very Active|
|Schedule||Full-time but comes home for lunch|
|Training Style||Consistent, Positive|
|Home||Fenced yard or access to one|
|Children||The more, the merrier!|
|Grooming||Easy to care for - brush weekly|
|Exercise||Very high - this breed loves to run and needs vigorous daily workouts|
|Training||Eager to please|
|Temperment||Loyal, Friendly, Intelligent|
|Challenges||A Brittany is interested in doing almost anything and likes to do it with you. No down days here!|
|Height||17.5 to 20 inches|
|Weight||30 to 40 pounds|
|Life||10 to 12 years|
|Home Alone||Fine with lots of exercise first|
|With Kids||Will tire them out for you|
|With Strangers||Cautious at first but okay with them if you are|
|Availability||Available, so choose your breeder carefully|
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