Brittany Spaniel

Pointing dog, Pointer

The Brittany Spaniel is a big four-legged heart. He is very gentle, affectionate, loyal, sporty, playful and gifted with tenderness towards his family, as well as towards all those he meets. With no talent for guarding, this gentle dog will make both young and old happy.

Height 46 to 52 cm
Weight 13 to 18 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 15 years
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Brittany Spaniel

Temperament

  • Strong training skills
  • Very obedient
  • Intelligent, lively and vigorous
  • Sociable and affectionate

Appearance

  • Bright and intelligent appearance
  • The appearance of a well-built athlete
  • Rather compact and solid silhouette
  • Very elegant

Health

  • Very sturdy and robust
  • Healthy as a rock
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Almost never sick

Temperament of the Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany spaniel is as gentle as he is beautiful. With strong training skills, he is very obedient and easy to train.

He is an intelligent, lively and vigorous dog. He is very social and affectionate, and enjoys the company of his fellow dogs and children.

Very athletic, he also has an exceptional sense of smell, two great qualities appreciated by small game hunters.

He loves sports and games and is very patient, which makes him an excellent dog with children. He will walk away from them instead of growling or showing any sign of impatience.

He's a country dog at heart. Hunting, water and the great outdoors are a natural part of his lifestyle.

Despite everything, he will still be very happy as a city dog, as long as he can benefit from regular outings combined with fairly athletic and physical exercise.

Because of his temperament, a little nervous but never aggressive, he will never be a guard dog.

He likes to play and spend his energy, but he will never use it for guarding or aggression. He is a passive and good player.

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Breed Appearance

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The Brittany Spaniel has a bright and intelligent appearance. He looks like a well-built athlete, and his silhouette is compact and solid, fairly high on legs without being coarse.

Despite his athletic body, he is still very elegant. His gaze is frank and his movements are very energetic. His physiognomy and attitude exude a great deal of energy.

Height

Between 46 and 51 cm (18.11 to 20.08 inches) for the male
Between 47 and 52 cm (18.50 to 20.47 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 13 and 18 kg (28.66 to 39.68 pounds) for the male
Between 13 and 18 kg (28.66 to 39.68 pounds) for the female

Color

The coat of the Brittany Spaniel is most of the time white with orange or brown patches, but it can also be plated with black, fawn and also brown or black tricolour.

Hair

The hair on his coat is rather fine and short.

Morphology

His head is rounded. His eyes will match the color of the coat and are generally quite dark.

His ears have a triangular shape, short, broad and set high.

The colour of his muzzle will vary according to the colour of the coat. The tail of the Brittany Spaniel is generally shorter and ends in a small hairy tuft.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #95

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Brittany Spaniel puppy: between 1000 € / $ 1190 / £892 and 1500 € / $ 1785 / £1337
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Brittany Spaniel: 90 € / $ 108 / £81
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

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Tips About this breed

This athlete at heart must be able to enjoy daily exercise, whether in the city or the country.

He will respect family rhythms because he adapts very easily to all situations. However, it is preferable to provide him with the opportunity to use his athletic and sportive body and to play with him regularly.

Vigorous and regular exercise will prevent obesity and maintain excellent health.

This faithful dog, affectionate towards all, even strangers, can be used as a companion or a hunting dog.

He just needs to participate regularly in his family games, outings and exercise daily to be the happiest dog in the world.

Health of the Brittany Spaniel

Very hardy and robust, the Brittany Spaniel is in excellent health. He can sometimes be affected by hip dysplasia, but as a general rule, he is never ill.

However, it is important to monitor the quantity of daily food and make sure to give him the right amount of exercise, as he has a tendency to become obese, especially if he is an urban dog.

As his ears are rather droopy, you should check them regularly to avoid infections.

GROOMING

Even if his coat is not the longest, the Brittany Spaniel still requires regular care.

In order to keep his hair smooth all over his body, it will be necessary to brush him on a weekly basis with a brush suitable for his coat.

The fringes should be preferably shortened from time to time, especially around the forelegs.

A bath with a very mild shampoo once in a while will be necessary but not too often. The bath will be mainly intended for city dogs, as country dogs will use straw to keep their fur shiny.

History of this breed

Originally from Brittany, the Brittany Spaniel breed is said to have its own capital, the town of Callac in the center of the country.

However, his origins are so remote that it is difficult to say where the breed comes from exactly.

It is likely that Celtic refugees from Great Britain imported the breed to France and crossed it with the dogs of the Argoat (inland Brittany), but nothing has been fully confirmed to date.

Considered worldwide the most widespread French dog, he is also very popular among the French where he is greatly appreciated for hunting.

Apparently, descending from the Middle Ages oysel dogs, the multiple crossbreeding of the 20th century made him the dog so appreciated nowadays.

Springers, Pointers and Setters are among the breeds used in the many crossbreeds that gave the final result that is so well known and appreciated by everyone today.

The Brittany Spaniel is the dog par excellence for duck hunting, although he is used for other game as well.

Hunters love him because he is one of the fastest in the pointing dog category.

Despite his great hunting qualities, he is also very popular as a companion dog. Hunters can therefore make use of his qualities and provide the whole family with an excellent companion.

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