Other names: Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel, a French hunting dog, has become wide-spread across the world thanks to his hunting skills and his qualities as a companion dog. Intelligent, docile, dynamic, and sociable, he adapts to all lifestyles. He can just as happily accompany his master to hunt all day as long as he stays at home with his loved ones. However, since he is very dynamic, he needs a very intense daily routine
Key facts about the Brittany
Origins and history
He originates from France, and more precisely from the centre of the Armorican Peninsula, as his name implies. Numerical statistics show that this dog is the most popular French hunting dog in the world. A first official standard of the breed was presented in France in 1907 and adopted in 1908. But it could be said that this breed is much older than that since this Breton may be the oldest of the Spaniel type dogs. One of his ancestors is likely to be the “Chien d' Oysel” and other breeds of setters or Springers have ended up improving this race in a fortuitous or voluntary way.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Brittany
Female : Between 18 and 20 in
Male : Between 19 and 20 in
Female : Between 29 and 40 lb
Male : Between 29 and 40 lb
Several varieties exist: the coat can be white and orange, white and brown, or white and black. It is very rare, but good fortune, to meet a tricolour Spaniel or a roan coat (white hairs mixed with the dog’s main colour). Unicoloured subjects are not allowed by the official standard.
Type of coat
The hair is mid-length.
His hair is very thin, flattened or slightly wavy. It is not silky, and it should not be curled either.
The eyes’ colour is dark amber.
The Brittany Spaniel is a stocky dog; he is small and elegant although vigorous. His movements are energetic, his appearance is intelligent and his silhouette is square. His head is of medium size, the skull is of medium length, and the muzzle is ⅔ shorter than the skull. The stop is quite accentuated, gently sloping; straight or very slightly convex. The ears are located high, hanging, rather short, slightly rounded and a little fringed. His back is short. The tail is usually quite short and ends with a clump of hair. His limbs are rather feathered.
Good to know
He is particularly liked and widespread in France where you can find very good puppies. We must be careful, however, because some breeders, more focused on the results of their work, do not pay enough attention to the looks of the subjects. This is a mistake that could end up "splitting" the breed in two.
Also to note: this dog can sometimes be born without a tail (Anuran) or with a very short tail (brachyuran).
The Brittany Spaniel is affectionate and loyal to his master but also friendly with strangers. However, if he feels that the time is not right, he will not insist on contact and can distance himself.
He is a dynamic dog who loves to spend time with members of his social group, whether small or big. Playing sessions are particularly appreciated by this dog and allow a strengthening of the relationship between the dog and his master, which comes in handy when completing his education.
This French hunting dog is quite adaptable: on one hand he can spend a whole day hunting alongside his master with incredible energy; on the other, he can spend long hours sleeping in the company of his master.
In fact, he is a very active dog who knows how to be calm when his needs are met. That makes him a very balanced dog.
The adaptability of this dog demonstrates his great intelligence. An excellent worker and perfect companion dog, he is balanced, reliable, and docile.
He is a specialist in duck-hunting although he is also used on other types of hunt. He is one of the fastest continental hunting dogs given his excellent aptitude for this activity.
Thanks to his excellent hunting skills, he is the most popular French hunting dog in the world.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Very friendly, even with strangers, this dog is everyone’s friend so long as he is treated with respect.
When he is hunting, he can be self-sufficient and make all the necessary decisions. However, once at home, he is more dependent on his master, without being clingy, we will still do anything to please his owner.
He can either demand a lot of attention or take his distance to rest quietly and let his master go about with his own occupations.
Behaviour of the Brittany
If he lives in a calm home, and his needs are properly fulfilled, he can handle a few hours of solitude. But be careful, any absence should not be extended because this dog could, due to boredom or frustration, destroy everything he finds in his path.
Easy to train / obedience
Particularly docile, intelligent, and receptive, this Breton hunter is very easy to educate especially thanks to his enthusiasm to work.
Like many dogs selected for working tasks, he is thirsty to learn and spend time with his master in order to be mentally stimulated.
He may be stubborn sometimes; therefore, it is necessary to find methods adapted to his sensitivity and personality. Brutality cannot play any part in his educational sessions - instead they will have to be based on the reinforcement of good deeds.
With that said, his positive education requires firmness and sweetness as allies. It is important to begin as soon as the Brittany Spaniel puppy arrives at home to prevent him from learning bad habits.
This dog is naturally quiet. He may be able to warn his colleagues if he feels a threat approaching, but generally speaking, he is so sociable that he would prefer to seek caresses from a suspected intruder.