Origin/General Description: The Brittany was named for the French Province of Brittany from which it originated. There are French Tapestries dating as early as the 16th and 17th centuries depicting scenes with dogs that closely resemble the Brittanys of today. The Brittany is a medium sized, leggy dog that can cover ground with agility. They are strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement. Brittanys are born tailless or have tails docked up to approximately 4 inches. The Brittany is not a heavy coated breed but carries just enough coat to protect it in the field. Brittanys are a pointing breed used primarily for hunting upland game birds. They are known for their keen noses and biddable disposition. There are more Dual Champion Brittanys (Show and Field) than all other sporting breeds combined.
Temperament: Brittanys are affectionate, energetic, intelligent and easy to train. They make wonderful companions for families that enjoy an active lifestyle. Brittanys are excellent with children and do well with other pets.
Height: Males and Females 17.5″ to 20.5″
Weight: 30 to 40 pounds
Colour: Orange and white or liver and white in clear or roan patterns. Tri colours are also permitted but not preferred. Black in the coat is a disqualification in the show ring.
Coat: The coat can be flat or wavy but never curly. They have some feathering, but too little is preferable to too much. Brittanys should have a coat just thick enough to protect them from scratches in the field. Excessive coat is undesirable. Brittanys do not shed heavily and are easy to groom.
Feeding: High quality kibble.
Activity level: This is an intelligent, high energy breed that can work all day. They require daily exercise as well as mental stimulation. Obedience classes are highly recommended. They can become anxious and/or destructive if they don’t get enough exercise. Most Brittanys are easily crate trained and do best crated when their owners are not home. Brittanys have softer temperaments than many sporting breeds and do not require harsh corrections.