At once boisterous and regal, the Brittany is an award-winning hunter. This breed has impressive scent tracking abilities — they can smell a flock of birds almost a football field away! Bred for their hunting prowess, Brittanys are aristocratic in appearance and have charming personalities.
More than just hunters, though, Brittanys are also avid canine athletes and loving family companions. Whether on the agility course or just chasing a frisbee, your Brittany loves to be on the move with you.
Originally from France, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 30-40 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Pointing, Retrieving
Breed Group: Sporting
Average Lifespan: 12-14 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
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
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A BRITTANY'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This strong, rugged breed makes for good family dogs — they are loyal and often wonderful with children, though their energy level means they'll do best when supervised with little ones. Very playful, cheerful, and affectionate, Brittanys are often friendly toward other dogs and pets. A stranger is just a Brittany's newest friend.
WHAT IS BRITTANY BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Brittanys are versatile and zealous hunters. Your Brittany will need room to stretch his legs and regular exercise — think long walks or vigorous romps in the yard every day. They make for alert watchdogs, but they're not very protective. They can be somewhat prone to barking.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BRITTANY?
This breed is very easy to train. Brittanys are typically submissive, obedient, biddable, and eager to please.
They can be sensitive, so be gentle with them. Use patience and encouragement to train your Brittany and this dog will fetch you the moon if you ask for it.
Regular exercise is important for keeping your canine companion's body and mind healthy and happy. These dogs excel at agility, flyball, obedience, and field trials. They make for good citizens at the dog park.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BRITTANYS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Brittany's short coats are soft and feathered; their hair can be wavy or flat. These dogs are relatively easy to groom. Their coats shed mud and dirt, so they won't need frequent baths. They'll need weekly brushings or combings. Your Brittany will shed seasonally; their shedding is usually moderate.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BRITTANYS HAVE?
This is a generally healthy breed. Be sure to keep their long ears clean, as they can be prone to infections.
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ARE BRITTANYS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Brittanys among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like a Brittany! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT'S A BRITTANY'S BEST DAY?
Birds! Let's get them. A day in the field with you followed by a night indoors playing with the family is perfect for this dog.
SHOULD I ADOPT A BRITTANY?
This breed is equally equipped to live in warm and cool climates, but they're not well suited to apartment living. Nor is the Brittany a good match for couch potatoes! Above all, these dogs want to be on the go.
If your Brittany gets enough exercise and mental stimulation, however, he'll be a calm and affectionate housemate. They are extremely trainable and devoted. Their coats need a minimum of grooming and they play well with children and other dogs. If you're willing to commit to a Brittany's need for speed, this charming canine will love keeping you on your toes.
Have you decided that a Brittany is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.