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Brittany Dog
A Gentle And Trustworthy Breed






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Background and Description

The Brittany dog, named for the French province in which he originated and known in France as Epagneul Breton, is a versatile bird dog capable of hunting, pointing and also retrieving.

Both written and pictorial records of this breed exist as far back at the 17th century. He remains one of the most popular dogs in France, if not the most popular!

Formerly known as the Brittany Spaniel, the spaniel term was dropped from his name several years ago at the behest of the national breed club representing them.

This was supposedly done, because "spaniel" refers to dogs which flush game and the Brittany dog performs more as a pointer or setter. In fact the french term "Epagneul" in known to mean "pointing".

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Brittany hunting dogs are medium sized, leggy dogs with an appearance that is reminiscent of a small setter. Their coats are wavy and tri-color and tails are customarily docked to 4 inches, but they are also quite often seen tail-less. They have an expression that conveys intelligence and alertness, while at the same time soft and endearing. They are energetic dogs, both strong and rugged, with a noted running ability.


Appearance:

Height: 18-20.5 inches
Weight: 28-40 lbs
Color variations: Orange and White, Liver and White, Black and White, or Roan


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Coat and Care:

The slightly wavy single coat is fine yet dense. Shedding is low, but this means that regular brushing is necessary to remove dead hair - allowing new growth and a healthier coat.

All long-eared dogs are prone to ear infections and as such the Brittany also needs to have frequent ear inspections along with cleaning of the outer ear if necessary as a preventative measure.




Personality and Traits:

The Brittany dog is a sensitive and gentle dog that is very affectionate and loyal to its master. He is alert and enthusiastic with very keen hunting instincts, as well as the desire to use those skills. It is often suggested to Brittany owners to involve their dogs in sporting activities, particularly field trials - they will love your for it!

When training this intelligent breed for obedience, gentle techniques will be the most effective and are the only recommended way to go. Any leaning toward harshness or loudness, will often cause this dog to become timid or too submissive. Socialization from puppy age is very helpful.

This is a great family dog.

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Health:

The lifespan of Brittanys is between 12 to fourteen years. Obviously, good medical care and a nutritious diet are key factors in the quality and longevity of the breed., but generally this breed is robust and healthy. Hip dysplasia, common to many breeds, occurs in about 10 percent of Brittanys. Other health issues that are associated with the breed include epilepsy and canine discoid lupus erythematosus - though it isn't a given tha your Brittany dog will be affected by either one.

Activity Level:

The Brittany dog is a vigorous dog of considerable stamina and needs the outlet of a lot of regular exercise to prevent problems such as nervousness or barking.

He will not do well penned up, but will make an excellent jogging partner if you are so inclined.
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Space Needs:

The ideal environment would include a sizable outdoor area that is available for the dog to run freely. This breed likes to be very active and would find apartment living much too confining for him.


Children:

Can do well if raised with them from puppyhood. Best with older considerate children.

The caution remains - no matter what the breed - that interaction between dogs and children should always be supervised by an adult.

Elderly:

A very affectionate companion, but would only be recommended for seniors if the very high exercise requirements can be met.



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Book Recommendations:





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Covers breed history and standard, characteristics, as well as puppy selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and behavior of the breed. Also has advice about preparing for a puppy's arrival, housetraining and preventing puppy problems. Over 135 color photos.






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