Brittany Resource


The Breton peasant’s hunting dog, known since the mid-19th century in the French province Brittany, this breed is thought to represent a cross between the English Setter and small French land spaniels. Square in outline, the Brittany is the smallest of the versatile gun dogs. Quick, agile dogs, the breed can point and retrieve game and works equally well in open country or dense cover. When not enjoying the sporting life, the Brittany can be content at home as a family pet and watchdog. The Brittany is a dog without extremes. The coat is lightly fringed, flat or wavy, in orange or liver and white. Grooming presents no problem because, unlike other spaniel breeds, the Brit is not heavily feathered, requiring only weekly brushing to keep its coat in condition. The breed is either born tailless, or the tail is docked to prevent injury from briars when in the field. Brittanys are 17.5 to 20.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 35 and 45 pounds; females are proportionately smaller. A fine dog for the weekend sportsman, the Brit has a high energy level and needs regular daily exercise. That said, this is a dog that can adapt to apartment or home living. The Brittany responds well to training and is a quick learner.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
White with orange or liver markings.

Lightly fringed, flat or wavy.


Groom as needed.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Sporting Group
UKC Group:
Gun Dog
17.5 to 20.5 inches at the shoulder
30 to 40 pounds
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