Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Epagneul Breton; Brittany Spaniel; French Brittany; American Brittany; Brittany Pointer; Brittany Wi
The Brittany, once called the Brittany Spaniel, is a high energy hunting dog that thrives on an active lifestyle with an owner who likes to jog, bike, hunt, or otherwise get outdoors often with a lively companion. Believed to be descended from crosses between local spaniels and English setters, this breed was developed to work closely with hunters to hunt, point, and retrieve. As a result, this sensitive dog thrives on playing and working with its human. Sensitive to small cues, they notice tension in the home. A neglected Brittany could become destructive or depressed.
World War II severely depleted their numbers in Europe, hurting the diversity of the gene pool. Hence, several countries decided to register black Brittanies. However, the United States does not consider black to be a valid color in Brittany dogs.
Appearance / health:
The Brittany is a medium-sized rugged dog with good legs that can cover a good distance. The tail is absent or docked to a length of four inches. The skull is slightly wedge shaped and rounded. The muzzle is of medium length and tapers gradually. The triangular ears are set high, slightly above the eyes. The chest is deep. The back is short and straight. The front legs have some feathering.
They are light shedders. Brushing regularly is necessary to keep the coat in good condition. Specialized grooming is required for show dogs. Bathing and shampooing is done only when necessary.
They require moderate to high amounts of exercise. A walk, jog, or a swim is needed to keep them healthy. An active dog is less likely to become destructive or develop health problems.
Hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by badly formed hips, may occur in Brittanys. Some Brittanys also suffer from seizures.
Behavior / temperament:
Brittanys love to dig, and owners may find large holes in their backyards often. Hunting comes naturally to these dogs. Their alertness and stamina has made them extremely popular with hunters all over the world. They are well suited to hunt hare and partridge. They love to run and roam. Similar to most breeds, they may get bored if kept alone for a long time, and can become destructive or expend their energy in excessive barking or chewing. As is the case with several dogs, owners may find that their Brittanys roll in their feces or eat them, which can be discouraged through the right training.
They are easy to train if patient, kind training sessions are used. Training must being early and should include socialization and obedience classes. They have a high learning rate.
They are average barkers. Some Brittanys do bark a lot.
active dog brittanys, GREAT watch dog, happy breed, great family dog, gentlest creatures
unscrupulous breeders, apartment, high prey drive, high strung nature, excess energy
hiking, needs daily excersise, pheasant hunting, outdoor activities, great bird dog, gun dog breed
Ornery but wonderful.
Polly was our first family dog and she really sparked my love of Brittany Spaniels. I'm not sure how so much spunk and mischief were harbored in such a little 35 lb body. I seldom remember a time when she wasn't high energy. I don't think she started to slow down until she was 13. She could chase her blue racquetball for hours on end in subzero temperatures. Her attention only thwarted by the presence of a bird-as is typical with many bird dogs. The Brittanys I have known all tend to be world class counter surfers. Polly was like a sneaky little four-legged garbage disposal. After she snarfed down her food she would run to the door and start barking at nothing, which sparked the interest of our mutt Chester. Once he ran to the door to bark at nothing, she would run back to his bowl and eat his food. She came up with all sorts of crafty ways to snatch anything from corned beef sandwiches to sticks of butter. She was a troublemaker but we loved her dearly. If you want a dog who is funny, high energy, mischievous, loving and with a stubborn streak, I would absolutely consider adopting a Brittany..
From SarahGabs Jul 31 2015 8:43PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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