Brittany

Brittany

Dog Facts

Type:
Gundog
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
Low
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12-13 years

About the Brittany Breed

The Brittany is a very leggy dog breed, although it is still usually square in proportion, meaning its shoulder height is usually roughly equal to the length from shoulder to rump. It is a speedy and agile dog, combining the long legs and light bones to move around with grace, speed and precision. Although sometimes born without a tail, the breed often has it docked. Having a strong nose and developed sense of smell, and an ability to get through undergrowth, it is an excellent woodcock hunter.

Originally bred in France by sportsmen, the Brittany is made to hunt through briars and brambles in order to ferret out small prey. Its coat is thin and sits close to the body so that is does not get caught in thickets or underbrush. For similar reasons, it has big eyebrows which help to protect the eyes. The Brittany is usually white with brown patches, in particular with a patch covering each ear and some of the head, leaving a white stripe running up the forehead.

It is a quick and curious dog, with high energy levels that will have to be exhausted every day with a mental and physical activity. If it isn't, it could become destructive around the home. It has an independent streak, as befits a pointing dog.

The Brittany does not require a huge amount of maintenance, other than daily exercise and a brush once or twice a week to remove dead hair. It needs interaction with its owners however, or it may become sad and unhealthy, and this needs to be kept in mind if it is left to live outside, which is possible, in temperate climates.

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