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Brittany


General Information - Brittany


Group:
Gundog

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-13 years

Exercise:
Very high

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
High

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
France

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel

Original Function:
Pointing and retrieving



History

The origin of the Brittany is controversial. The Brittany may have resulted from a crossing between the Orange & White Setter and some not clearly identified French dog. This hearty hunting dog probably originated in Brittany, a province in France. It is believed to have been first shown at a French dog show in 1896. It was recognised as a breed as early as 1905 but official recognition came in 1938 with a recognised standard. They used to be called the Brittany Spaniel. The 'Spaniel' was dropped, as they were the only breeds of Gundog that could enter two breed classes at field trials.

Upkeep

The Brittany is generally a hardy dog that requires little maintenance. Its major requirement is for abundant exercise, at least an hour of exertion — not just walking — every day. For this reason, it is not suited for apartment life. It can live outdoors in temperate weather, but it is a social dog that needs human interaction. Its coat is not particularly thick or long, but it does require brushing once or twice weekly.

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