Brittanys are unique sporting dogs: Smaller than setters but leggier than spaniels, they stand about 20 inches at the shoulder. Known for their beautiful, boldly patterned coat, Brittanys come in combinations of white and vivid orange and liver (reddish-brown). They’re rugged and strong—the word “muscular” occurs more than once in the breed standard—but smooth, clean, and quick afoot. The face has the “softness” prized by bird-dog lovers; high-set ears convey the breed’s essential eagerness.
Due to the breed’s intelligence, basic obedience training is recommended. 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. Some of the best activities for Brittany’s include pointing breed field trials, hunting tests, dog shows, obedience, agility, flyball, lure coursing, and tracking.
Did You Know?
The Brittany was named for the French Province in which it originated.
From 1934-1982, the Brittany was registered by AKC as Spaniel, Brittany.
September 1, 1982 its official name was changed to Brittany.
The Brittany enjoyed a steady gain in popularity in US due to its merits as a shooting dog; many Brittany breeders still strive for the "dual" Brittany (i.e., good in the field and the ring).
First Brittany standard outlined in 1907; introduced to the US in 1931.
The first accurate records to pinpoint the actual Brittany-type dog are the paintings and tapestries of the 17th century.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Liver & White||125|
|Liver White & Orange||222|
|Orange & White||134|
|White & Liver||212|
|White & Orange||213|
|Black & White||019|
|Black White & Orange||314|
|White Black & Orange||315|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|