Epagneul Breton - Brittany Spaniel
Dog - Pointing and
20.5 inches to
Cost of Puppies:
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Information, Facts & Origins of the
The Brittany comes from
France and is a dog of medium size. It was
bred originally to hunt small game and for falconry. It's origins
can be dated back to the 1800's and it is classified as one of the
Sporting Dogs Group which we go on to describe in detail below.
The hunting format
Setters and Spaniels was to find and drive birds into nets. As a pet the Brittany is affectionate, kind, and loves to be part of the family.
is an extremely distinctive characteristic of this dog. At some point
during the early breeding process a tail less dog was born. This was seized upon as a distinctive feature
and even today some Brittany's are born tail less or
stub-tailed. Name Facts and Dog Names:The Brittany Spaniel is most often
mis-spelt as Britney Spaniel although Brittny Spaniel and Britany
Spaniel is also used. The word Spaniel is often mis-spelt as Spanial.
Information, Facts &
History of the Brittany Dog
The Brittany is also referred to as the Brittany Spaniel or Epagneul
Breton. Its name refers to a Breton as one from Bretagne or
Brittany a province in France. The French word Epagneul is given to
those dogs which point or set their quarry. This breed was created
through the cross-breeding of French and English dogs. English
noblemen and wealthy land gentry travelled to Brittany to
socialise and join in hunting parties with the French. They took
with them their own dogs - Pointers and Setters. Due to quarantine
restrictions the English left their dogs in France and these, and
the Braque a French pointer, mated with local dogs - predominantly
the Spaniel. These matings produced this breed and featured the
various range of colourings that are prevalent in this breed
today. This hybrid dog had extremely useful hunting traits - they
could both point and retrieve and had an excellent scenting
ability. The Brittany was originally quite a small dog but this
changed in the 1900's when small English Setters were mated with
the Brittany producing taller “setterised” examples of the breed.
The first Brittany was registered in France in 1907. This breed came to America
in the 1920's and was AKC (American Kennel Club) (American Kennel Club) recognized in 1925.
of the Brittany Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours info
The Brittany's coat comes in a range of the following colours:
Orange/White, Liver/White, Black/White,
Tricolour or Roan in any of colour combination. The coat is dense
but consists of fine hairs.
of the Brittany Dog and Puppies - Comparative Sizing
Pictures & info
The pictures above allow for a
useful sizing perspective between an average man (Five feet ten
inches) or an average sized woman (Five feet six inches) in
comparison to the average sized Brittany dog which we have
detailed above. These pictures are extremely important as they
provide an immediate and accurate visual representation of the
of an average Brittany Spaniel compared to the height of a male or
female - essential information but unique to this
site. Use the pictures to help to estimate the size of this
dog to each the various growing stages of
children. Use the pictures to provide a guideline to the adult
size of Brittany Puppies. The pictures will also prove to
be invaluable when comparing the sizes and heights of other dog
dimensions will vary according to the sex of the dog or puppy.
Girl dogs, or bitches, are on average, 2 inches smaller than boy
dogs. Another useful piece of information when considering
on Grooming and Care of the Brittany Dog Breed
Spaniel requires a
minimum amount of grooming. Regardless of the
breeds, a certain amount of grooming
and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best.
Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing
but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and
nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health
problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially
important in puppies and older dogs.
on the Temperament
and Character of the Brittany Dog Breed
The Brittany Spaniel is a very sociable breed, enjoying the company of other dogs
and humans, they are playful, inquisitive, intelligent,
affectionate, gentle, and sensitive. Although the Brittany
Spanial was developed as an active hunting
dog it is also obedient. This dog makes a good house pet
providing it is given lots of exercise and attention.
conditions and Exercise Requirements of the Brittany Dog
The Brittany dogs and puppies are not well suited to living in the
town because it
substantial amount of exercise. It is well suited to living in the
country and even outdoors in kennels. If
the Brittany is not given sufficient exercise, it can become destructive.
following considerations should be taken into account when
choosing Brittany puppies:
- Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding
costs of the breed
and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies,
asthma or back pain
requirements for the Brittany
Conditions for the breed - suitability for puppies
- child suitability
Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an
accurate portrait of the size of an average Brittany - essential
information and unique to this site. It should also be noted that
the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally
considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can
easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan
" A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated
by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of
the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely
clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will
suit the life and living conditions of the family.
comparison between the Brittany Dog Breed and a Human
comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of
debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the
situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to
sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at
three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine
a dog's age.
Expectancy of the Brittany Dog Breed
expectancy for this particular breed is between
12 – 14 years.
Dog (Gundog) Breed Information
Dogs in the
Sporting group, which are referred to in England as Gundogs, which
include the Brittany, can be divided into three main categories -
Retrievers, Pointers and Setters. These dogs were bred primarily to
work with people to hunt game birds. Some of these dogs work in
water whilst other dogs are more suited to work on land and
many of the dogs in the Sporting dog category are comfortable and
capable of working in either land or water environments. Sporting
dogs, including the Brittany, are particularly suited to
wood and field activities. The Retriever, Pointer and Setter dogs
and their main functionalities are as follows:
Retriever dog - Retriever dogs find and return killed game to
the hunter. Some Retrievers are especially equipped, for
instance with a water-repellent coat and webbed feet, for
retrieving downed waterfowl.
Pointer dog - Pointer dogs stand in front of their quarry,
with their nose and body rigidly still , thus directing (or
pointing) the hunter to its location.
Setter dog - Setter dogs were originally trained to set, or
crouch, in front of game preventing the escape of the quarry.
The hunter would make the capture with a net.
Dogs hunt by air scent, as opposed to ground scent used by the
dogs categorised as being in the Hound category. Characteristics and features
of Sporting Dogs have been introduced and strengthened
breeding with animals who already demonstrated the desired traits.
Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century.
Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits
helpful for the duties they were intended for. Thus, the
various Sporting breeds, or Gundogs, including the Brittany
Spaniel, were initially introduced to help man
according to his specific requirements such as:
Retrieving game that had been shot and
to game to allow the hunter to catch or shoot the quarry
or flushing, birds from their cover
this day and age only a few Brittanys might undertake these tasks, but
nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made
the original Brittany breeding program successful.
It is said that they are perhaps the most intelligent of the breeds, resulting in their wide variety of uses and their ease of training.
These dogs like to be around people and are active and alert and
require regular, invigorating exercise and lots of attention.
of other Breeds within the Sporting Dog Group
The Sporting group includes the Brittany
and all of
the following breeds:
Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointers, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retriever, Labrador Retrievers, English Setters, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, American Water Spaniels, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Spinone Italiano, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Vizslas, Weimaraners and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
The Brittany Spaniel is most often mis-spelt as Britney Spaniel
although Brittny Spaniel and Britany Spaniel is also used. The
word Spaniel is often mis-spelt as Spanial. Pictures and information about all of the above Sporting breeds,
together with all other dog groups, may be found
on this website via the following links: