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Brittany

A thoroughly loving and gentle animal... (other names: Épagneul Breton, American Brittany, Brittany Spaniel)

Brittany
origin:France
life expectancy:12-14 years
classification:Gun dog
height:43 to 53 cm
weight:14 to 18 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Undemandingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Brittany, also known as American Brittany, Brittany Spaniel and Épagneul Breton, is a breed of gun dog that originated in the the Brittany province of France and is the most popular native breed in France. However, there are some speculations about the origins of this breed, the first documented evidence being some paintings and tapestries of the 17th century, in which the Brittany is depicted. The breed may be the result of interbreeding among Orange and White Setters and some dogs native from the Wales, this theory being supported by the breed´s great resemblance with the Welsh Springer Spaniel. Although the Brittany is often referred to as a spaniel, to the dismay of its fanciers, the breed´s working characteristics are more akin to a pointer or setter. The Brittany is an hearty, versatile dog, that makes a reliable and obedient family member.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Brittany is a lively, compact, vigorous, medium-sized, dog with an intelligent-looking face and so leggy its height at the shoulders is the same as the length of its body. The body is compact, with a Deep, and broad Chest reaching the level of the elbow, and providing ample heart room. The ribs are well sprung.  The Back is Short and straight and The Topline slopes slightly from the highest point of the shoulders to the root of the tail. The head is round, with a medium-length, very slightly wedge-shaped skull and a distinct hollow at the stop. The muzzle is straight, tapering gradually to the nose, which has well open nostrils to permit deep breathing of air and adequate scenting and is more or less dark depending on the color of the coat. The eyes, well set in head, are amber or hazel, depending on the coat color with an alert and eager, but soft expression. The triangular ears, set high, above the level of the eyes, are short, slightly fringed and hanging close to the head. The tail is either naturally short or docked to less than 10 cm (4 inches) and is set on high,at about the same level of the spine.The closely knit coat is single lightly feathered and of moderate length, dense, flat or wavy, never curly. The texture is neither wiry nor silky. Britannys can come in 5 colors white and orange, white and liver, white and black, liver tri-color and black tricolor).
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Brittany is an intelligent, sweet-natured, sensitive and easy to train breed. They are affectionate but somewhat independent. Nonetheless as they always eager to please they are easily trainable and become quite obedient. Training should be gently as Brittanies can become timid if treated roughly. This breed gets along well with other dogs and enjoys working with them as a team but early socialization is advisable. Brittanies are also excellent with children specially when they are raised with them from puppyhood. However, being an exuberant breed, small children should not be let to play unsupervised as they may get accidentaly harmed. Very active, Happy and alert, the Brittany does not make a good watch or guard dog due to its outgoing nature but it is a thoroughly loving and gentle animal, a very suitable companion to country households.
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Health [ edit ]

The Brittany is generally a healthy breed. Never the less, some are prone to hip dysplasia and seizures.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

When at a trot the Brittany´s hind foot should step into or beyond the print left by the front foot.
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14.10
Dogfan22 said:
I like this breed my daddy had two of them :)
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