The Brittany is a medium-sized, leggy, dual-purpose dog, equally suited for sport and companionship. According to AKC Registration Statistics, it has surged in popularity in the last 50 years due to its talents as both a hunting and show dog. Originally called the Brittany Spaniel, it is now referred to simply as the Brittany, as its hunting style more closely resembles that of pointing breeds. Its dense, flat or wavy coat can be orange and white or liver and white in either clear or roan patterns.
The Brittany was named for the French province where it originated, but records of its development are largely lost. There is a great deal of resemblance between the Brittany and Welsh Springer Spaniel, which leads many people to believe that the two breeds share the same ancestors. It is possible that native Brittany spaniels mated with English pointing dogs around 1900, intensifying their hunting prowess in the process.
The Brittany is strong, quick and agile, requiring exercise and activity to occupy his body and mind. He is a happy and alert dog who possesses a willing attitude. Regular brushing is important, but their shorter coats need minimal maintenance.
- Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1934.
- Average size: 30 to 40 pounds and 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder.
- Bird dog, companion.
- Apartment? Not so much.
- Very active indoors.
- Extended daily exercise.
- High energy.
- Regular brushing.
- Light shedding.