Brittany is smaller than the settlements but legier than the Spanigels, standing about 20 at the shoulder. Their beautiful, boldly patterned coat comes in a combination of white and vivid orange and liver (red-brown). They are rugged and strong but smooth, clean and quick-moving. The face has “”tenderness”” that is prized by bird-dog lovers; High-set ears convey the breed’s essential eagerness.
Passion and versatility can be aired in dog games to make Brittanys peerless hunters. Obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving — you name it, this trainable breed is for it. Brittany is suitable for anyone who combines a purposeful hunting partner, a dog-game teammate, or an upbeat, outdoors family life.
Brittany is the westernmost region of France, bounded by the English Channel in the north and the Bay of Biscay in the south. It was here hundreds of years ago, French hunters developed what is today considered one of the most versatile bird dogs in the world, capable of working on ducks, woodcock, partridge, partridge – just about anything with wings.
Brittany first comes to historical attention in 17th century paintings and tapestries. The frequency with which Brittany-type dogs appear in paintings and rustic scenes painted by French, Flemish, and Dutch masters of the period suggests that liver-and-white pointing dogs were quite common in Western Europe.
Brittany is a rustic dog, whose original devotees were medieval farmers and hunters, for whom people were a way of life. Unable to support a full kennel, they placed a premium on dogs capable of being all-purpose workers. Long ago, versatility in Brittany in the French countryside never left the breed.
Brittany was introduced to the US in 1931. In 1934, AKC registered the first dog of its breed, called the Brittany Spaniel. (In France, the breed is still known as “”lépagneul Breton,”” or Brittany Spaniel.) During the 20th century, American and French lines diverged. By the mid-century, the American breed of fancy signified their Britney more than Spaniards in working style, and in 1982 the AKC breed name was shortened to Brittany.
Under any classification, Brittany is happy, has durable hunting companions for stamina and an excellent nose for birds. They are among the most popular and successful field dogs in America. Over the years, hundreds of Britneys have won the elusive dual champion title of AKC, representing a dog who is a handsome showman in the ring and a capable goon in the field.
A compact, closely-knit dog of medium size, a leggy dog in appearance, as well as the agility of a great ground cover. Strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement. Rudeness, without profanity, is a feature of the breed. He may be tailless or have a tail of about four.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
Brittany’s flat or wavy coat is mostly very short and requires minimal grooming. He should keep looking his best once more with a soft brush or hound glove and a quick comb through his wings. Some light trimming has been done to clean the dog’s head and neck for the show ring. The underside of the ear should be regularly inspected and wiped clean if necessary, and the nails trimmed every month if not worn down naturally.
Brittany is lively and smart and has an upbeat, willing temperament. The energy, versatility, and exceptional work ability of dogs hunting Brittany can be channeled into dog sports. Field trials, obedience, agility, flyball — you name it, this trainable breed is for it. Patient, encouraging training works best with these gentle spirits. As with all breeds, initial socialization and puppy training classes are recommended.
Brittany is a bright, high-energy dog that is reared for hunting, and requires lots of exercise. Brittany is a good fit for those looking for an all-out hunting partner, a dog-sport teammate, or a loyal companion for a vibrant, out-of-family life. He walks long, briskly along with his human and travels or leases on foot, as well as occupying both his mind and body. Field trials as well as other canine events such as Agility, Fast Cat®, and dock diving provide a fantastic outlet for the breed’s talent and boundless energy.
Brittany should do well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Brittany is a very healthy breed with few genetic health issues. A responsible breeder will screen the breeding stock for health concerns such as hip dysplasia and ophthalmology. The ear should be examined regularly to remove foreign matter and avoid wax formation, and the teeth should be brushed regularly.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: