Brittany or Epagneul Breton as Hunting Dogs

Within France there exists five different varieties of the Epagneul and there exist others throughout Europe. However the hunting dogs Epagneul Breton or Brittany as it is now called is the most recognized and used so we will be talking exclusively about this bird dog breed. The Brittany is a breed of gun dog that as the name implies was developed in the Brittany province of France in the 1800s to be used for bird hunting (birding). Although the dog is often referred to as a spaniel, the Brittany's working skills and style are more like a pointer or setter. The breed is noted for being easy to train, sensitive, and lovable. Many dog experts agree that it takes little more than a stern look or cross word to chastise a Brittany. As a result, care must be taken during training so as not to break the dog's spirit or cause it undue emotional suffering. Brittanys get along well with other dogs and enjoy working with other dogs as a team. It is thought by many Brittany enthusiasts to be best if the Brittany always lives in at least a two-dog family. Brittanys are mostly white with orange or liver spots. Individuals can have spots in combinations of these colors. Some individuals also have black spots but this is not an accepted color or breed standard. The coat is of moderate length, dense, flat, or wavy, with slightly longer fringes on the ears and legs. Too much extra hair is detrimental as it hinders the dog's ability to hunt in thick brush. This breed weighs on average from 13 to 18 kg. and stands 44 to 52 cm. tall. The dog has a square look when viewed profile, with shoulder height equaling body length (from withers to base of tail). The Brittany almost always has their tail docked.

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