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Brittany

Personality:Bright, upbeat, fun-loving at home; a tireless, enthusiastic worker afield

Coat & Grooming:An average shedder among medium-coat breeds; a good brushing twice a week will do

Energy Level:Very Active; Energetic and alert, Brittanys need plenty of exercise—preferably along their favorite human

Originally: France

Nicknames: None

Size: Medium

Meet the Brittany

​Brittanys are unique sporting dogs: Smaller than setters but leggier than spaniels, they stand about 20 inches at the shoulder. Known for their beautiful, boldly patterned coat, Brittanys come in combinations of white and vivid orange and liver (reddish-brown). They’re rugged and strong—the word “muscular” occurs more than once in the breed standard—but smooth, clean, and quick afoot. The face has the “softness” prized by bird-dog lovers; high-set ears convey the breed’s essential eagerness.

What's Their Story?

Named for the French province of their birth, Brittanys were first registered by the AKC as Brittany Spaniels, as they still are in France (l’épagneul Breton, for you Francophiles). American and French lines diverged during the 20th century. Today, American-style Brittanys are considered more pointers than spaniels. Under any classification, Brittanys are happy, versatile gundogs prized for stamina and an excellent nose for birds. They are among America’s most popular and successful field dogs.

What are they Like?

​The zeal and versatility that make Brittanys prodigious hunters can be channeled into dog sports. Field trials, obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving—you name it, this trainable breed is up for it. Patient, encouraging training works best with these gentle souls. Brittanys are a nice fit for those seeking an all-purpose hunting partner, a dog-sport teammate, or a loyal companion in sync with an upbeat, outdoorsy family life. Looking for a four-legged throw rug? Keep looking.

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