American Brittany, Epagnuel BretonFamily: Canidae Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Justin Brough
The Brittany Spaniel is known as a great hunting dog, as well as a popular pet.
Brittany Spaniels make delightful pets, with their sweet, gentle and obedient nature. They get along with both family and strangers. They best with children if exposed to them while young.
The American Brittany is a medium sized dog that is somewhat independent, They do well in all climates and types of terrain. They are a hunting dog breed, and can learn to hunt birds and rabbits. When selecting a Brittany Spaniel, look for signs of hip problems and epilepsy.
Background The Brittany Spaniel is believed to have originated in France's Brittany province, hence its name. The breed goes back to the 1800s, and is probably a descendent of the Orange and White Setter. Today the Brittany is a hunting dog as well as a popular pet.
Description The Brittany Spaniel is medium in size with a feathered coat. Acceptable colors include white with orange, liver, or black, or liver or black tri-color. The breed has a straight muzzle, light eyes, mid-length triangular ears, and usually a dark nose. Males are usually 17-21 inches tall and weigh 35-40 pounds. Females are 18-20 inches tall and 30-40 pounds.
Care and Feeding The Brittany Spaniel 's diet should consist of foods derived from poultry, lamb, and beet pulp. Grooming requirements consist of regular brushing and bathing as needed. Trimming is required for show dogs. It is important to keep a close eye on this breed's ears.
Regular checkups will keep your Brittany Spaniel healthy. Vaccinations should be administered as follows:
- 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
- 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
- 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
- Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster
The Brittany sheds lightly, so little extra maintenance is required if keeping this breed inside.
Social Behaviors The Brittany Spaniel gets along with family and strangers. It's also good with children if exposed to them while young. Socialization is important to keep this breed from becoming too timid. They enjoy the company of other Brittanys.
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