Brittany Spaniel

Description

The Brittany Spaniel has an attractive coat like most spaniels, but it is not as luxurious. The coat is short and close to its body. It has a well-proportioned body that provides it with great hunting ability. Its legs are strong and well muscled. The breed has an average size head and muzzle. Its eyes are generally dark, but its nose can vary from a dark brown to a dark pink. Its neck is average in length and extends to its level back. The breed’s tail is usually docked on non-existent.

Temperament

If there are children and other pets in its home, the Brittany Spaniel will get along with them fine. The Brittany Spaniel is generally very gentle with children, but it is a good idea to watch the breed when it is interacting with very young children. This breed is affectionate and gentle.

Height and Weight

The Brittany Spaniel has an average height of 17-20 inches and weighs an average 30-40 pounds.

Health Problems

The Brittany Spaniel is a generally healthy breed. It may develop hip dysplasia. Some types may also develop spinal paralysis and epilepsy.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Brittany Spaniel is more suitable for outdoor living conditions. The breed needs space, so a larger than average yard or urban environment is recommended.

Exercise

The energy level of the Brittany Spaniel is very high. This breed must engage in physical activity on a daily basis. If the breed remains outdoors in a large space it should obtain most of the exercise its needs. If the breed is not able to expend its energy it may become discontent, which can result in it becoming destructive.

Life Expectancy

The Brittany Spaniel has an average life expectancy of 12-13 years.

Litter Size

The Brittany Spaniel has an average of 7 puppies.

Grooming

The Brittany Spaniel has a coat that is short and somewhat close to its body. Brushing the coat is important, but it is only necessary occasionally. The breed does not shed heavily, so only a bit more brushing is necessary during shedding season. Other grooming tasks, such as bathing, cleaning the ears, and trimming the nails are also recommended.

Origin

Thee is some debate about when the Brittany Spaniel was developed.

Group

Gun Dog

Color

The Brittany Spaniel is typically a reddish-brown color. It may also have multiple colors, including orange, liver, and white.