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The Brittany, also known as the Epagneul Breton
and formerly as the Brittany Spaniel, is mainly
a pointing dog. It most likely originated from
a cross between the English Setter and the French
land spaniels; the name comes from its area
of development, Brittany, France. During the
middle of the 19th Century, Breton peasants
wanted a dog with pointing and retrieving abilities
that worked capably in both open country and
in dense brush. The Brittany had all of these
abilities and was a popular hunting dog throughout
the province. The breed was first exhibited
in Paris in 1900, and within the next 30 years,
was officially recognized in North America as
demand and interest in the Brittany steadily
increased. Families of all kinds will enjoy
the busy Brittany and should provide him with
exercise every day.
height for a Brittany is 17 - 21" (43.2
weight for a Brittany is 30 - 40 lbs (13.4 -
The Brittany's coat is dense, like that of many
other sporting breeds, to protect against weather
and the hunting environment. The hair lies flat
and may be straight or slightly wavy, but not
curly. Acceptable colors include orange and
white, liver and white, and black and white.
Grooming is a regular, but easy task with the
Brittanys are lively and energetic dogs, making
great companions in the home, and super sporting
dogs in the field.
The Brittany is a generally a very healthy
breed, although they can be prone to hip dysplasia
and epilepsy. The average life span of a Brittany
is 14 - 15 years.
When the Brittany breed standard was developed,
breeders were determined that the breed should
perform as well in the field as in the ring.
They did not want the breed split into ring
and field categories, as was the case for many
other sporting breeds. As a result, the Brittany
has claimed more dual championships than any
other sporting breed.
AKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7 Section 1.2 Spaniel type
KC: Sporting - Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog