Brittany Spaniel Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The Spaniel of French breed have contributed to the birth of numerous current breeds of pointers and hunting dogs. They all have as an ancestor "tracker dogs", this dog is in turn the result of the crossing Arab greyhound and long-haired tracker dogs. The tracker dog truly used as a pointer expanded in Britain where it crossed with the Springer Spaniel that the Celts have brought from England. Later, the Brittany Spaniel was crossed again with the setter and an accidental difference (the short tail) was consolidated with the congenital crosses. The Brittany Spaniel is (thanks to its setter blood) the unique pointer Spaniel.

The French Spaniel is the breed that is the closest to the tracker dog primitive type. It was among the much appreciated breeds in the 17th and 18th centuries and we find them in most of the paintings of that time. But later it is forgotten and the breed practically disappeared in the last century. It was reestablished thanks to patient efforts of enthusiastic experts and this easy-to-train dog acquired a new boost.

In order to work in marshy zones of the North of France, a very closed breed was created, the Picardy Spaniel. The difference from the other Spaniels is that its silhouette is squarer and its hair is thicker. It is easy to dominate but it does not bear to be treated harshly.

All the Spaniels are hunting dogs that work "under a shotgun", in other words at the shoot of a rifle. They take the prey out from the undergrowth and they pick the shot pieces. In rugged land, it is better that they work barking so that the hunter can locate the dog at any time.

Brittany Spaniel. Size: 46-51 cm. Weight: 13-15 kg. Colors: white with chestnut patches (1), white with orange patches or roan gray with one of these colors.

French Spaniel. (2) Size: 54-65 cm. Weight: 25-30 kg. Color: white with chestnut patches; the white must prevail and the patches should not be too big.

Picardy Spaniel (3). Size: 55-60 cm. Weight: 25 kg approximately. Color: gray with chestnut patches, especially at the beginning of the tail, very frequently with red patches on the head and legs.

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