Brittany

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The Brittany is best known as a bird hunting dog, but they also make a good pet and a great agility dog.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 9in
Weight: 30-40lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Brittany Information

The Brittany is rugged and strong while at the same time petite and sweet. They are used as sporting dogs, beloved for their agile, quick performance, and soft face. The breed is known for its white, bright orange, and liver coat, a unique combination.

Bright and upbeat, Brittanys are gentle souls who make wonderful family pets. They must be brushed once or twice a week and exercised regularly – pretty basic maintenance!

History

The Brittany was originally bred in France (Brittany, France) by hunters who wanted a small dog that could hunt birds and rabbits. The term Brittany Spaniel was common; however, the breed is not a spaniel and was changed to just Brittany in the 1980s.

Brittany Training and Temperament

Brittanys are very obedient and train easily. They are very loyal to their owners and can be socialized to interact well with strangers. They are mostly good with children and have a great playful demeanor. They are often trained for use in bird hunting, which translates easily into dog sporting events as well.

Grooming

Brittanys have a beautiful coat that is easy to maintain. It should be brushed at least twice a week, and the dog should be bathed when it needs it. Be sure to trim their nails and clean their ears as needed.

Brittany Exercise

Brittanys are very active dogs who need plenty of exercise. They will get as much as they need if you allow them to run around in a yard or at the dog park. They are also very well suited for agility training and flyball, so if you want to get your dog involved in sports, this is one of the best breeds for you to choose!

Sources: Wikipedia, AKC

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Breed FAQs

Can Brittanys be apartment dogs?

The Brittany needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Brittanys be left alone?

While Brittanys prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Brittanys good with kids?

Brittanys can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Brittanys friendly with strangers?

Typically, Brittanys are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Brittanys get along with other dogs?

Although Brittanys will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Brittanys bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Brittanys bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Brittanys shed a lot?

Brittanys shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Brittanys need a lot of grooming?

Although Brittanys require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Brittanys need a lot of exercise?

Expect Brittanys to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Brittanys easy to train?

Typically, Brittanys are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Brittanys handle cold weather?

Brittanys do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Brittanys handle hot weather?

Although Brittanys can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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