Dog Name: Brittany
Dog breed Group: Sporting dogs
Size Category: Medium dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, five inches to one foot, eight inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 30 to 40 pounds.
Lifespan: Ranges from 10 to 13 years.
As the name suggests, the Brittany hails from Brittany, in the north-west of France. The breed can be seen in paintings from the seventeenth century, but its exact origins are uncertain. Brittanys were very sought after in nineteenth century France due to their impressive pointer and setter abilities, and their willingness to follow orders made them the perfect assistant to poachers. Around the turn of the century the Brittany moved away from pointing and setting and into dog shows in France and the USA, where they performed very well.
Dog Breed Characteristics
A. Protection Ability
Whilst the Brittany is a good watch dog, they do not have the aggressive instinct to be a guard dog. They are naturally friendly, and therefore not very intimidating!
B. Ease of Training
Brittanys are relatively receptive to training, but temperament does factor into this. Generally speaking, Brittanys are quite easy to train and respond best to firm (but not harsh) commands.
The Brittany is a curious, alert breed that loves to be active, especially when in the company of their owners. Temperament can be affected by socialisation, and so playfulness in this breed can vary from dog to dog.
D. Exercise needs
This breed has lots of energy and loves to run in open spaces. It’s important that owners remember that Brittany puppies should exercise no more than 30 minutes each day, as this can put a strain on their young joints.
This energetic dog can sometimes be a handful, but not so much that novice owners should be warned off. Provided that prospective owners have a large house, a fenced garden, and lots of time to spend with their pet, the Brittany can make a fantastic first dog.