An average shedder among medium-coat breeds; a good brushing twice a week will do.
The Brittany is strong, quick and agile, requiring exercise and activity to occupy his body and mind. He is a happy and alert dog who possesses willing attitude. Regular brushing is important, but their shorter coats need minimal maintenance.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Brittany is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Using a pin brush of soft slicker brush should do the trick. Because this medium-sized breed has a shorter coat than most sporting dogs they need minimal maintenance. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The zeal and versatility that make Brittanys prodigious hunters can be channeled into dog sports. Field trials, obedience, agility, flyball, dock diving—you name it, this trainable breed is up for it. Patient, encouraging training works best with these gentle souls. Brittanys are a nice fit for those seeking an all-purpose hunting partner, a dog-sport teammate, or a loyal companion in sync with an upbeat, outdoorsy family life. Looking for a four-legged throw rug? Keep looking.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia or eye diseases. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Brittanys are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Brittany can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.