Brittany Dog Breed — One Part Hunter, One Part Lover

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Athletic and friendly, the Brittany spaniel is ready to go to work. One of the most versatile breeds, the Brittany is a well-known successful hunting, therapy, and service dog. Find out more about this athletic companion with this guide.

Do Brittany Spaniels Bark a Lot?

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Brittany spaniels are bright and friendly. They want to work! And the more effort you’re willing to put into your Brittany, the happier you’ll both be. An unhappy, anxious Brittany will bark a lot and destroy objects around them in search of an outlet for their energy. To best mitigate Brittany barking, active training and hunting are a must, as well as teaching early obedience. The Brittany has the similar temperament of a young child, but with daily exercise in a home with plenty of open space to roam results in a happy pup. 

Don’t mistake the Brittany’s energetic disposition with being unfriendly, however, as this breed is a social one! Brittanys will get along well with other pets, house guests, and especially young children who can match their energy. 

Facts About Brittany Dogs 

Brittany spaniels, named for the French province that is their region of origin, can be spotted in tapestries and paintings as early as the 17th century. They stand out because of their unique spotted coats, short tails, and floppy ears. The Brittany spaniel was originally bred for their exceptional pointing and retrieving skills, which were needed all across Europe. 

  • Size: 30-40 pounds
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Coat: medium, wavy orangish brown and white requiring moderate grooming 
  • AKC group: Brittany spaniels are part of the AKC sporting group

Are Brittanys Easy to Train? Do Brittany Spaniels Make Good Family Pets?

Brittany spaniels are best suited for active families. They require attention and training every day and cannot be kenneled or left outside. Brittany dogs also vary in personality. Some are mellow, others are extremely active. But run a Brittany dog around outside for a bit, and eventually it’ll want to come back inside and relax with the family. 

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Brittany training tips

  • Don’t kennel your Brittany dog, as it will grow anxious and exhibit neurotic behaviors. Brittany dogs do best in fenced yards, with room to explore and run around.
  • Brittany dogs are fast learners but require you to put in the effort to teach them. They are loyal and intelligent, and will reward the work you put in. 
  • Brittany dogs need commands! Their natural hunting instinct will cause them to immediately pursue any prey spotted. Teaching them to stop when ordered is essential. 

Does the Brittany Dog Breed Need Grooming?

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Brittany dogs have short, wavy coats that are short and only need brushing 2 to 3 times every week. They will have seasonal shedding, which will require cleanup. Brittany dogs are not hypoallergenic, so be advised if you’re in a home with someone with an allergy. Take note to regularly check the underside of the Brittany’s floppy ears and trim or grind their nails at least once a month. 

List of Popular Brittany Mixes

Brittany dogs have intelligent personalities and are natural hunters. However, their unique attributes can be combined with other breeds to produce a most unique companion. Here are some of the most popular Brittany mixes.

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  • Brittany Beagle — Gun and energetic, this is the ultimate hunting dog!
  • Labany — The intelligence and temperament of a Brittany dog mixed with the social, lovable Labrador
  • Brittany spaniel Aussie mix — Intelligent and loyal, this mix is a fantastic companion if you’re willing to put in the work. 
  • Brittnepoo — A sensitive, cute mix of a Brittany dog with a poodle is a dog who’s ready to play at any time.
  • Brittany Bourbonnais – The mix of a Brittany and the Braque Du Bourbonnais, this headstrong pup is independent and lively. 

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