Brittanys are medium-sized, compact dogs with long legs and slightly feathered coats. Their heads are medium-length with rounded skulls, tapered muzzles and short triangular ears that hang close to the face. Their deeply set, amber eyes have a wise and alert expression. With sloping shoulders and deep chests, Brittanys exhibit poise and strength. Their tails are either very short or non-existent, and their thick, wavy or flat coats can come in orange & white or liver & white. Overall, the Brittany combines toughness and agility.
Brittanys are charming, gentle and personable members of the household. Except for the Golden Retriever, you would be hard-pressed to find a more personable family dog. Lively and fun, Brittanys are always up for a roll on the carpet, a game in the back yard or a cuddle on the couch.
These dogs are also very welcoming. They get along with everyone in the family, including children and other dogs. And when guests come over, they can really turn on the charm.
Brittanys are eager to please and easy to train. If you’re into obedience competitions or hunting, these dogs will quickly learn commands and perform them exceptionally. And if you’re into outdoor exercise, Brittanys are the perfect jogging companion.
Brittanys are people-oriented dogs. They shouldn’t be left alone in the house or yard for long stretches of time. If they become bored or neglected, they might dig up the garden, chew furniture legs or get into other kinds of trouble.
As domesticated and family-oriented as these dogs are, they have strong hunting instincts. When Brittanys are out on a hike or in the country, squirrels and other critters can easily distract them. And they love to roam. So, keep them on a leash if you go jogging through a bird sanctuary.
A healthy Brittany can live as long as 12 years. The Brittany is a healthy breed, but some common health issues include hip dysplasia and epilepsy. These dogs are fairly easy to groom. Just remember to clean their ears regularly to prevent infection.
Named for the French province where they originated, Brittanys were bred to be the quintessential bird dog. It is believed that, during the early years, some Brittanys mixed with Welsh Springer Spaniels, or at least followed the same breeding path. Called “French Spaniels” for many years, the Brittany was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1907. Today, they are celebrated around the world as successful show dogs, hunters and beloved companions.