riginally called the Brittany Spaniel (and still called that by some registries), this French breed is derived from crossing French spaniels with English Setters. Showing traits of both spaniels and setters, the breed hunts more like a setter, so the name was officially changed with the American Kennel Club in 1982.

The Brittany is a medium-sized dog standing 17.5 to 20.5 inches tall and weighing between 30 and 40 pounds. Her body length is equal to her height at the shoulders. The eyes are expressive, and the ears are dropped but not pendulous. The tail can be naturally bobbed, nonexistent, or docked to 4 inches in length. The coat is medium in length, flat or wavy but never curly, and orange and white or liver and white in color.

The Brittany's coat needs twice weekly brushing and combing. It can mat, but that can be prevented with regular grooming.

This is a high-energy breed. Bred to work all day in the field, the Brittany needs regular aerobic exercise. She will enjoy long walks, a jog with you, or a run alongside a bicycle. Many Brittany owners have also found their breed to be enthusiastic about dog sports, including agility and flyball. A Brittany who doesn't get enough exercise will amuse herself, much to her owner's dismay.

The Brittany is a friendly dog who will enjoy the socialization of a puppy class. Early training will teach the Brittany household rules, but training should continue into adulthood. This intelligent breed will thrive with fun yet challenging training.

The Brittany is still a versatile hunter and is one of the most popular hunting breeds in the U.S. If not hunting, the Brittany needs an active owner who will spend time with her. Puppies and young dogs can be too rowdy for small kids, but adult dogs are playful and patient. Most are good with other dogs and pets. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, heart defects, epilepsy, and eye problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Gun dog Size: 17.5 to 20.5 in tall; 30

to 40 lbs Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Very active Training: Easy Grooming: Moderate

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