Brittany – Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Brittany
Are you a new dog owner? Puppy training is the key to make the most out of your new puppy. Here are some helpful points before you embark on teaching your new puppy.
Also called Brittany Spaniel, Breton, and Epagneul, the Brittany is a sturdy and athletic medium-sized breed with expressive and intelligent appearance. Elegant and gentle, this hunting dog is very agile and versatile. The average Brittany weighs an average between 14-18 pounds, and stands 18.5-20 inches tall.
The coat of the Brittany Spaniel is dense but somewhat fine, fairly flat or slightly wavy. This breed is single-coated with minimal feathering. The texture of their coats is neither silky nor wiry, with some fringing on the ears. Their coat color is usually orange with white, liver and white, roan patterns, or tricolored. Tricolored are dogs that are liver and white with orange strains on the muzzle, eyebrows, and cheeks.
The Brittany is a very lively breed and requires a high level of exercise. It is imperative for this breed to have daily activities such as walking, running, or biking. They love to be in water, and have the endurance for outings and hikes. They are ideal for very energetic family, and for hunters, as well. A highly recommended exercise for this breed is fetching in water.
Originally bred as hunting dogs, the Brittany is known to be easy to train and good-natured. This breed is more sensitive to correction than the other hunting breeds, so harsh corrections are uncalled for. Generally, the Brittany is a balanced dog that makes excellent household pet, and working dogs in the field.
Although the Brittany is spaniel-sized, this dog is a pointing breed. They point and hold their games, and catches either on land or in water. A compact and medium-sized closely knit breed, they are ready to guard with great agility.
The Brittany is fairly easy to care for, and is well-suited to cold and damp climates. Their coat needs occasional brushing and shampooing only when necessary. Although health problems for this breed are rare, they can be prone to epilepsy, ear infections, and hip dysplasia.
The Brittany is known to be sweet-natured, and therefore should be socialized as early as possible to prevent them from being fearful and timid. As puppies, they should be exposed to new places and new people to enable them to become comfortable in new situations. If this breed is to be kept in a kennel or a cage, it is advisable that they be taught to be quiet in a cage, as they tend to be very noisy.
This breed is also very high strung and lively, so it may be required to teach them proper house manners. They should be taught the line between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors when it comes to barking, chewing, and jumping. They tend to be destructive when left alone for extended periods of time. The Brittany is highly responsive and does best with love, and attention. They always want to please, so training with harsh methods is counterproductive.
The Brittany is a placid, charming, and amiable member of the household. This breed is highly energetic, fun-loving, and is always game for activities in the backyard or cuddling on the couch. They generally get along well with everyone in the family including children of all ages and other dogs.