A kind-hearted dog capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. They have a friendly and approachable nature, making them excellent companions for children as well as other pets. However, their enthusiasm may cause them to be too rough, and they can potentially injure a child or small pet by accident.
All dogs like to be occupied with some work, and this is especially the case for Brittanys. If you leave a Brittany at home all day, and expect to come home to a mellow dog that will simply lay at your feet, you’ve got it all wrong! Furthermore, they are quite sensitive, and should not be treated harshly. If your Brittany is getting unruly, a simple look of disapproval is often enough to make them feel guilty.
Body: Short, muscular back, deep chest, and well-muscled haunches that are held lower than the withers
Coat: Fine and dense, flat or wavy
Color: Mostly white with orange or liver spots, white and brown, white and black, tricolor, or roan
Ears: Short, slightly round, and high set
Eyes: Dark amber to dark hazel, alert and expressive
Feet: Strong with well-arched toes and thick pads
Head: Round head with an average length somewhat wedge-shaped skull and well-defined stop. The nose is usually fawn, tan, brown, or deep pink.
Legs: Forelegs are straight and muscular. Hind legs are well-muscled with broad thighs
Neck: Medium length and set well into the shoulders
Weight: 30 – 40 pounds (13.5 – 18kg)
Height: 17.5 – 20.5 inches (44 – 52cm)
Tail: Naturally short
- Recommended for Novice handlers
- Recommended for families with children
- Not recommended for use as guard dogs
The Brittany is an elegant, sensitive dog with a happy, playful personality and abundance of energy. It’s important to channel his energy through mentally challenging activity and exercise or he will become bored. A bored Brittany may become destructive by nervously chewing and destroying whatever is around him.
Brittany dogs are good-natured and good with children. They are also good with other dogs and animals if properly socialized and trained as a puppy. He is a kind-hearted dog and not recommended to be used as a guard dog.
The Brittany Spaniel is a hard-working dog with an acute sense of smell capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions and particularly appreciated for his ability to both point and retrieve his prey.
Although recommended for novice handlers, as an owner, you will quickly learn that your Brittany will be more than willing to work with you…but not for you. In his mind he is your equal and will expect to be treated as such.
AKC Group: Sporting Group (Spaniels)
Originally bred to herd and guard sheep.
The Brittany is a field dog used for hunting birds. He has the reputation of being the most popular of all pointing breeds, in the field, in the United States.
Originally bred as companions to hunters in Canada and the United States. The Brittany is an outstanding setting and flushing gundog but has also been used for retrieving.