American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Brittany Spaniel


History

It is believed that the Brittany Spaniel originated possibly from the Orange and White Setter, Welsh Springer Spaniel and an unknown French breed dog. The Brittany Spaniel is a very well known gun dog for how well it hunts, tracks and works along side of his or her owner.

Appearance

Male Brittany Spaniels typically measure 17-21 inches in height and weigh 35-40 pounds in weight while females measure 18-20 inches in height and usually weigh between 30-40 pounds. This breed has very long legs that are always the same height as the body measures in length and a body build that is very lean. Large pendant ears hang down and frame their triangular shaped face as their muzzle forms into a scissor bite. The Brittany Spaniel has a single layer, feathery coat that is available in liver and white, black and white, tri color, liver and tri color, or black tri color that can be in a tickled pattern or roam pattern.

Temperament

This breed is very energetic and athletic so they make an excellent companion for any family with the same life style. Very cooperative, smart and loving, the Brittany Spaniel is easy to train as a family pet or hunting partner. It is very important to give your Brittany Spaniel a regular walk daily along with other physical activity to keep your pup healthy mentally and physically. Dogs of this breed that do not receive enough activity daily will develop barking habits, nipping and other anxiety caused behaviors. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is consistent but calm using only positive reinforcement training methods. The Brittany Spaniel is known to have sensitive feelings, so any harsh human behavior is not tolerated well. Be sure to socialize your new addition well as it is a puppy to ensure no greeting issues as it grows into adulthood. This breed is only recommended for a county living situation. Make sure to include your Brittany Spaniel in family activities as it does love and cherish time spent with his or her family. Wonderful with children of all ages and the elderly but not recommended for house holds with non canine pets.

Grooming

As a light shedder, the Brittany Spaniel requires daily brushing and bathing only when needed. Please note that this breed needs regular ear cleanings and to approach this very carefully.

Special Notes

Brittany Spaniels are prone to breast cancer and seizures. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure that this is the correct breed for you and you are able to promise a life long commitment to your new pup. A properly fenced in area is highly recommended. Do not add this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long financial and physical care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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