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Brittany wading through water and reeds, hunting.
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It’s no wonder the Brittany is a bird hunter’s dream companion. Agile, strong, and with a superb nose, hunting comes as naturally as breathing to the breed. With their sensitive and affectionate nature, they also make ideal pets for an active owner. Are you a Brittany fan?

1. The Brittany has a long, storied history.

Developed in the Brittany region of France hundreds of years ago, they were prized by medieval hunters and poachers because of their all-around versatility.

2. They’re considered among the most versatile of bird dogs.

The Brittany is small enough to stay within the hunter’s range, while possessing a coat that’s long enough to protect them from brush without getting stuck in brambles and hedgerows. Besides having an exceptional nose, they can flush and retrieve on land and water, and they have the energy to go all day.

3. The breed had a name change in 1982.

Originally called the Brittany Spaniel, the AKC dropped the word ‘spaniel’ from the name because the American breed fancy determined the dogs are less flushing dogs like spaniels and more of a pointing breed.

Brittany hunting fowl.
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4. Their hunting skills serve Brittanys well in dog sports.

As bright, trainable, and energetic as they are, Brittanys excel at dog sports, like flyball, dock diving, and agility. In fact, a well-trained Brittany will often be up for almost anything.

5. Brittanys are champions inside and outside the ring.

Brittanys have earned the title of Dual Champion more than any other Sporting Group breed. In fact, the breed attained its 500th Dual Champion title in 2006. Only dogs that have been named both Show Champion and Field Champion win the title.

6. As far as energy level goes, the Brittany is off the charts.

Many Brittanys need at least an hour or more of vigorous exercise every single day. Let them blow off steam somewhere they can enjoy an unbridled run, play enthusiastically with the kids, or join you on the hunt.

7. Brittanys make great family dogs…for the right family.

With their joie de vivre and attachment to their people, Brittanys can make wonderful pets. Given enough exercise, they’re doting, patient, and gentle in the home.

8. They can be a sensitive breed.

Brittanys are known for their gentle nature, and often don’t respond well to raised voices and harsh words. They need patient, positive training, and people who won’t leave them home alone for long periods of time.

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