Where Do Brittanys Come From
Known as the Brittany Spaniel for many years, the AKC officially dropped Spaniel from the dog’s name in 1982. Brittanys were bred to hunt birds and their hunting style is more similar to dogs that “set” or “point” when the game bird is detected. Spaniels, on the other hand, usually “flush” birds or rabbits from their hiding places. The breed is still often referred to as the Brittany Spaniel in France and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in the United States.
The Brittany is a versatile hunting dog noted for its great sense of smell. It originated in the Brittany region of France. The most common coat color in the United States is orange and white or liver and white. Most Brittanys are born with short tails and in rare cases, no tails at all. If a Brittany puppy is born with a long tail, the tail is usually docked to about 4 inches.
Are Brittanys Good Family Pets
Brittanys love to cuddle almost as much as they love to hunt. They are intelligent, ranking 19th in Stanley Coren’s book, “The Intelligence of Dogs,” meaning they are relatively easy to train.
The Brittany can live comfortably in rural or urban settings as long as it gets enough exercise. They are active dogs so may be too exuberant for very small children. The are usually well behaved but a bored dog of any breed may sometimes act out frustrations in unwanted behavior.
All dogs should be socialized as much as possible within the first 12 weeks of their life. If a Brittany is not properly socialized, it may become shy or wary of strangers and may bark too much when bored or upset. They get along well with other pets. They even will tolerate a cat if introduced at an early age.
Are Brittanys Good Hunting Dogs?
Brittanys are excellent hunting dogs and have won many national hunting championships. Some publications consider the Brittany to be the best Pointing Dog. Although Brittany has never won best in the show of the West Minister Kennel Club, three have won best in the Sporting Group competition.
Are Brittanys Good Watch Dogs?
Brittanys are excellent watchdogs because they are suspicious of strangers and will bark to announce when unknown people arrive. However, they are not aggressive, so once the announcement is made, Brittanys will not usually take any further action.
Do Brittanys Shed?
The Brittany fur coat is relatively short and wavy and requires very little grooming. They do shed a moderate amount on a seasonal basis, so it may not be a good choice for a person who is allergic to dogs.
Except for show dogs, most Brittanys will not need to have their hair clipped. Show dogs usually are trimmed about the face and neck for a neater appearance. They are generally clean but should also have a bath once in a while.
Are Brittanys Healthy Dogs?
The Brittany has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years and for most of those years they should be very healthy. As with all dog breeds, occasionally a few genetic health problems may occur. Hip dysplasia and eye disease are among the health problems that Brittanys may suffer.