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Posted on Mar 24, 2013 by in A-B, Breeds by category, Breeds by name, Gun dogs | 0 comments

What's my history?

Bonjour! We originate from France and were bred really to hunt, point and retrieve – so we’re quite a versatile dog. Our image has been depicted on tapestries that date back as far as the 17th century; however the modern version of the breed only became recognised around the early 19th century. At this time it was believed we were crossed with the English setter – although this is disputed in some quarters. If so, it is surely a good but rare example of Anglo-French relations. We were originally known as the Brittany Spaniel but this has since been dropped due to greater resemblance to a setter. We have been recognised by the American Kennel Club since 1934.

What do I look like?

Basically we look like a small setter. This means we are typically athletic and energetic, but well built. We tend to have quite long legs and floppy ears that are quite spaniel like. We come in a variety of colors with either orange-white or liver-white orange being the most common. Some of us will be more roan in colour. If you see us move you will be impressed with how elastic and freely we move – if we had a favourite sport it would probably be gymnastics.

What do I need from you?

We’re an active dog which means we’re hoping for a pretty busy home life. We genuinely want to be trained so we can do the right thing by our owners. Fortunately we’re intelligent, quick-learners so we pick things up remarkably quickly. Unlike many dogs we are single coated. This means we have no undercoat which is a superb plus for you as it means we require minimal grooming. Just the occasional bath like your good self! Because of our floppy ears, which tend to trap moisture in the ear canal, we should have our ears cleaned regularly. Around 15% of us can also develop hip dysplasia so you may need to mention this to my vet at check-up time.

What I will give in return

We are a pretty sensitive and loyal kind of dog. That doesn’t mean we get moody, it just means we really want to please our owners. We love children and other dogs and are very playful. If you have heard a wild rumour that we are crazy or uncontrollable, don’t believe a word of it. The truth is we do need lots of exercise and those of us that don’t get it become a little bit agitated. In an active household we’re no trouble at all.

How big will I get?

We’ll average out at around 19in (48cm) and weigh in at anything from 30lb-40lb (13.5-18kg) depending upon how much exercise we get.

How long should I be around for?

On average we live to around 13 years. One in five of us will get to about 15 years of age.

How big is our litter?

An average litter size is around 6 pups.

Famous owners?

Aiden from Sex and the City had a Brittany called Pete!

Want us to live with you?

We’re currently recruiting breeders and adopters to go here. Could that be you?

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Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.

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