The Brittany (also previously known as the Brittany Spaniel or Epagneul Breton) originates from the French province of Bretagne, France. (Epagneul is a French word given to dogs that point or set their game, while a Breton is from Bretagne or Brittany). He is the national dog of France.
In 1975 the Brittany was introduced into Australia and has since developed a strong following among the hunting fraternity and are gaining popularity as a family companion.
Brittany’s are charming, social and personable members of the household. You would be hard-pressed to find a better family dog. Lively and fun, they are always up for a roll on the carpet, a game in the back yard or a cuddle on the couch. They are very happy, energetic dogs.
The Brittany was developed as an active hunting dog, it is very biddable and gentle, almost placid in nature. Brittany’s are eager to please and easy to train, they do require training as if they are not taught a good recall they will possibly choose hunting over listening.They are extremely loving and devoted to their owners. They are highly intelligent, sensitive by nature and will not tolerate harsh handling, responding best to positive training. They love people of all ages and make a great family dog, they are very good with children however very small children can get knocked over by an over exuberant Brittany wanting to play. They are generally very friendly with strangers and other dogs.
The breed is characterised by "the maximum of quality in the minimum of size." Despite being a small, compact and elegant dog, it is noted for its endurance, stamina and tenacity.
Although traditionally a hunting breed, its adaptability means the Brittany is equally at home in the obedience ring, performing agility, tracking and other dog sports. This breed will perform all day and be ready to go again and again. Keen, alert and intelligent, the Brittany is overflowing with boundless energy. They do require lots of exercise and mental stimulation, a busy Brittany is a happy Brittany.
Brittany’s are people-oriented dogs. They shouldn’t be left alone in the house or yard for long stretches of time. If they become bored or lonely, they might dig up the garden, chew furniture legs or get into all kinds of trouble.
Brittany’s are also very welcoming. They get along with everyone in the family, including children and other dogs. And when guests come over, they can really turn on the charm. They are not known as a guard dog.
Brittany’s reach up to 50cms tall, they weigh about 13-19 kgs, although they can be gluttons. Usually living to about 12 years but they can live up to 18 years old. The Brittany is generally a very healthy breed, but some common health issues include hip dysplasia and epilepsy. They are fairly easy to groom, with a short to medium coat and only shed once or twice a year. They need a quick brush once or twice a week.
The breed is known in France, and many other European countries as the Epagneul Breton, and in Ireland and Canada as the Brittany spaniel. Elsewhere around the world it is known as the Brittany.