Dog Breeds > Brittany
|Alternate Names||Brittany Spaniel, Brittany Wiegref, Epagneul Breton, French Brittany|
|Group||Gundog (pointer, setter)|
Varieties: a) Orange and white; b) other colors.
The Brittany is typically quite athletic, compact, energetic, and solidly built without being heavy. Their heads are of an average size with floppy ears. They usually have intelligent expressions, which can also appear alert and full of vigor. Their gait is elastic, long, and free. The snout is slightly shorter than the skull with a ⅔ proportion. The stop is quite marked in a slow slope. The nose is straight or very slightly convex. The eyes are dark amber. The ears are inserted high, and are pendulous, rather short, slightly rounded and slightly frayed. It has a short back. The tail is cut to 10 cm maximum and ends with a tuft of bristles. Its paws are vertical.
Coat: thin, but not excessively so. It is also flowing or slightly wavy.
Colors: depending on the variety, orange and white or liver and white, black and white, tricolor, orange roan, liver roan, or black roan.
Size: 47 to 52 cm for the males and 46 to 51 cm for the females.
Weight: 13 to 18 kg.
Some authors consider the Brittany to be a native of its namesake, Brittany (France), with its ancestor likely being the Agasse. It is likely that the ancestors of the breed were imported into France by the Celts, refugees from Britain, and then interbred with Argoat dogs.
Character and Abilities
It is a specialist of duck hunting, although it is also used for hunting other game. It is one of the fastest continental pointers, and it also has great abilities as a setter and/or fetcher. The Brittany can, however, be a great companion dog because of its small size and its innate cleanliness and good behavior. The Brittany respects family life rhythms and never insists if it realizes that it is not the time to demand attention. Joyful and playful, the Brittany is a very good companion for children. It is extremely affectionate and loyal to its owner, but also friendly with strangers. If used as a companion dog, it is important to respect its nature and bring it to the countryside often so that it can spend its energy and express its well-anchored hunter instincts.
Information and Tips
It is particularly loved and widespread in France, where you can find very good puppies. You should, however, be careful because some breeders, very attached to the work results, do not pay enough attention to the beauty of the dog. It is a mistake that could “cut” the breed in two.