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Brittany Breed Summary

Happy, Independent, Active, Energetic and Attentive

This particular breed of doggy originates from France and they were originally bred to be working dogs! They absolutely love having a job to do and can often become bored and destructive if left by themselves with nothing to do for too long. They are hugely popular in France but have since started to grow in popularity here in the UK as well!

They are lightly built, as compared to other types of Spaniel but have really friendly and kind personalities, always eager to please their 'hoomans'. For this reason, they make lovely pets but would better suit a home where the owners have experience with similar breeds.

Fun Fact: They absolutely love the great outdoors, so they're great for owners who like to take long walks!

Kennel Club Group Gundog
Lifespan 12 - 13 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 48 - 51 cm, Females 47 - 50 cm at the withers
Weight Males 20 - 23 kg, Females 20 - 23 kg
Coat The Coat is Dense but either Lies Flat or can be Slightly Wavy
Colour White, Black & White Roan, Black Tricolour, Liver & White, Liver Tricolour, Orange & White, Orange & White Roan, Tricolour
Eye colour Dark Brown
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Congenital stationery night blindness (CSNB), Retinal epithelial dystrophy (RPED or CPRA), Non-malignant skin tumours, Ectopic ureter, Bloat/gastric torsion
Other Names Brittany Spaniel, Brittany Wiegref, Epagneul Breton, French Brittany

These doggies are known for their happy manners. However, they are also fiercely independent and can be obsessed when it comes to birds! Normally though, they will respond to their ‘hoomans’, as really all they want to do is please you! For this reason, they make incredibly good doggies for first time owners as well. They’re incredibly active and will need a few daily brisk walks in order to keep them fit and healthy. Additionally, their high intelligence means that they will need plenty of mental stimulation. It’s also important to start socialising and training these guys from a young age, this way you can guarantee a content and well-rounded dog!

These doggies take their name from the popular area of France, Brittany. The area lies across the English Channel from Wales and for over a thousand years, it’s thought that there was a lot of importing and exporting between the two areas and it’s that more than likely this included the exchange of dogs! However, the first records we have of these doggie’s date back to the 17th century, including a variety of paintings and tapestries. They have since become fairly popular in Britain and other European countries and were a recognised breed in France in 1907. Unfortunately, the onset of WW2 saw a decline in the breed and it took time to bring the breed back into prosperity. During this time period however, the breed was referred to as the ‘Brittany Spaniel’ and breeders wanted the word spaniel removed from the name, as they are actually pointing dogs! And eventually in 1982, the name was changed by the Kennel Club.