French Brittany Spaniel

French BrittanyFrench Brittany Spaniel History:

The name of the dog, French Brittany Spaniel, came from the Celtic area of northwest France that was once an independent kingdom. For thousands of years, dogs were being a part of the trade between Brittany and Wales.

The first records of Brittany-type dogs are usually found in paintings and tapestries from the 17th Century. Most of them show a liver and white dog pointing partridge. Modern Brittanys were said to have settled in a small town in Brittany, named Ponte, in the mid-1800s. Brittanys’ population has declined during the world war II and as a result, French breeders decided to allow black spotted dogs in the standard because of the depletion of the gene pool all throughout Europe. U.S breeders, however, did not follow the action even up to this time. The removal of the word spaniel as a part of the name was approved by the AKC Board of Directors in April 1892, as requested by many breeders. Though in some countries, Brittany Spaniel is still being used.

Appearance:

Brittanys have either dense, flat, or wavy hair. Most Brittanys are orange and white or liver and white. Their coats may have a roan pattern.

According to The Animal Planet, It is the leggiest of the sporting breeds, the Brittany is square-proportioned, the height at the shoulder equaling the length of the body. It stands sAlightly higher at the withers than at the rump. It is medium-sized with light bone.

Temperament:

Brittanys are happy and alert. On the other side, most Brittanys are sensitive, willing to please and responsive to a calm voice and a light hand on the leash. The Brittany does not do well in an environment with frequent tension or loud voices. They are active, indoors and out. They love exercises and athletic activities most especially in the outdoors.

Health:

Brittanys are generally healthy, but just like any other breeds, they are also prone to certain health conditions such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.