Facts about Brittany Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Brittany puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Brittany Spaniel History

The breed, as we know it today, originated in the mid 1800s in a French province of Brittany. There are a lot of questions about its origin but experts believe it was developed from crosses of English pointers and local spaniels.

The Brittany Spaniel, as the breed is also known, is one of the most popular bird pointing breeds.

The breed was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1931 and recognized by AKC in 1934.

Physical Characteristics of Brittany Puppies

The Brittany is medium-size dog with a compact body and long legs. It has a rounded skull, medium length muzzle, dark eyes, fawn, tan or brown nose and drop ears.

Brittany puppies are either born tailless or the tail is docked to 4 inches.

The dense coat is wavy, soft and comes in orange and white or liver and white. There is some feathering on front and hind legs.

    Height Weight
  Male 17.5 to 21.5 inches 30 to 40 pounds
  Female 17.5 to 21.5 inches 30 to 40 pounds


Brittany puppies are intelligent and good natured. They are friendly and make good pets, but may be to energetic for small children.

They get along well with other dogs and love all outdoor activities.

The Brittany is highly trainable but is also very sensitive. Be gentle during your training sessions or your pet may become shy and fearful...

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is an active breed and will do best with an active outdoorsy owner in a rural or suburban environment.

Some Brittany breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is an active dog with lots of stamina. To keep a Brittany dog in shape, provide him with plenty of exercise.

If you are into jogging or other outdoor activities, take your pet along.

If you have a fenced backyard, let him run off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

At a minimum, take him for one or two brisk walks every day.


Because the breed is a light shedder, Brittany puppies are easy to care for.

Brush regularly. Check the ears and trim the nails. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Brittany is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other potential health problems include hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy, and heart problems. To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Brittany breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Brittany puppies is between 10 and 13 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Brittany rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Brittany Spaniel Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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