Brittany Dog

Brittany

Friendly and Obedient

Brittany’s were bred as gundogs, and they have a natural affinity for birds. Brittany Spaniels are often called Brittany’s, but the American Kennel Club dropped the word “spaniel” in 1982.

Brittany Dog

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 5-8 inches

Weight

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  • 30-40 pounds

Lifetime

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  • 10-13 years

Health Risk

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Hip dysplasia

What is Hip Dysplasia?

It is a genetic health issue where the hip or elbow joints loosen up and cause dysfunction and pain. It usually occurs in the growing stage of the dogs. Over time, this may result in arthritis, muscle atrophy, and limitations in mobility.

% Of Cats/Dogs affected

>20%

Clinical Signs

  • Lethargy
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty or reluctance in climbing stairs, rising, jumping, or running
  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs
  • Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles
  • Flinching when the lower back muscles are touched

Treatment

Treatments may include:

  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Supplements for joints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Character

Intelligen. They are considered to have happy and smart personalities.

Playful

Brittany’s are most playful around their families.

Affectionate

Brittany’s can be very affectionate and devoted to their families.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The coat is dense, flat, or wavy that’s never curly, wiry, or silky.

Colors

The Brittany breed is orange and white or liver and white.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

Brush Brittany’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria. When it comes to helping prevent gum disease and bad breath, daily brushing is even better.

Training

These dogs can be easy to train but tend to bark or howl.

Brittany’s are happy, elegant gundogs, sometimes described as hyperactive and sometimes as a perfect family companion. In addition to their other qualities, the Brittany has the energy to spare – they are certainly an Energizer Bunny of a dog. There are many reasons why Brittany’s are remarkable. Families and sportsmen alike appreciate their medium size – 30 to 40 pounds and 17 to 20 inches tall. They aren’t too big to keep in your house or travel with you in your car if you love hunting. The Brittany breed has won more dual championships than any other breed. In a dual championship, the dog has won both field trials and conformation shows.

Brittany might not be for everyone, however. One thing that might surprise some people is their energy level. They have an irrepressible sense of joy and a high level of enthusiasm for everything they do, whether it’s playing with kids, chasing birds, or simply enjoying life with a good run. Brittany can be difficult to keep up with if you lack the same energy and enthusiasm.

Considering their extraordinary energy levels, they need plenty of exercises. It’s typically not enough to walk around the block. Without exercise and work, they may become neurotic and hyperactive, expending their energy in ways you probably won’t like. Brittany’s are particularly task-oriented, but many dogs like to work. Your Brittany cannot be left alone at home all day while you go to work and then expect them to be mellow and want to lie at your feet when you get home. This probably won’t happen with this dog! They might be bursting at the seams with energy and affection after a day of pent-up energy. A Brittany needs an hour or more of vigorous exercise every day, which could make them unsuitable for apartment dwellers.

Brittany Dog: Introduction to the Breed

Pet ownership is one of the most significant decisions you can make for your family. Prior to purchasing another puppy, take the time and energy to research the available puppies and consider which will best fit your family and lifestyle. Consider carefully which characteristics you would like in a dog and which you would prefer the dog not to have. You should know a few things about the Brittany breed.

Brittany dogs are generally:

  • Good with Families
  • Playful
  • Good with Kids
  • Energetic

During the search for a Brittany puppy, you may hear breeders explain the difference between “American” and “French” Brittany’s. The American Brittany is taller and faster than the French Brittany, which is typically smaller.

Brittany’s are known for their sensitivity to harsh treatment. When your Brittany acts up, a stern look or a sharp word will often suffice. Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as praise, play, and food rewards, to help train them firmly but gently.

Brittany’s are typically good with children and other pets because of their friendly, happy nature. As a result of their exuberance, they can accidentally injure a small child, so supervise your Brittany when they’re playing with your kids. If you buy your Brittany for hunting, you’ll find that they work much like a pointer, but with a smaller range. Brittany’s point and retrieve game both on land and in water. People who are new to hunting should consider Brittany because they have a natural instinct for hunting.

If hunting is not your sport, consider agility, flyball, or other activities with your Brittany. You and your dog will love it! If you can keep up with Brittany’s exercise needs and job demands, they’ll make a great family companion. Brittanys are good-looking dogs that usually attract compliments. The grooming needs of these animals are relatively simple. They are typically friendly, affectionate, and happy. Families who play hard, love the outdoors and want a dog to share it with may find them the perfect dog.

What are the Origins of the Brittany?

Brittany is the westernmost region of France, bordered by the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. These French hunters developed what is now considered one of the world’s most versatile bird dogs, capable of hunting ducks, woodcocks, pheasants, partridges, and just about anything with feathers. In the 17th century, paintings and tapestries depicted Brittany for the first time. According to French, Flemish, and Dutch masters of the period, liver-and-white pointing dogs were quite common in Western Europe as evidenced by the frequent appearance of Brittany-type dogs in their portraits and pastoral scenes.

Its original devotees were medieval peasants and poachers, people who valued thrift as a virtue. Because they could not support a full kennel, they placed a high value on dogs that were capable of being used for a variety of purposes. Brittany dogs have never lost the versatility they were bred within the French countryside long ago. In 1931, Brittany was introduced to America. AKC registered its first Brittany Spaniel in 1934.

What are the Risks for the Brittany Dog Breed?

If you’re thinking about getting a Brittany, you should be aware of some common conditions. A good breeder will show your health clearances for both your puppy’s parents if you’re buying a puppy. A health clearance indicates that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

Some common Brittany conditions include:

Brittany’s active both indoors and outdoors. In order for them to be happy, they need a large yard or, better yet, some acreage where they can run off some of their excess energy. Apartment life and city living aren’t ideal for them unless you have the time and dedication to provide them with the appropriate amount and type of exercise. Although this breed is resistant to cold and damp conditions when hunting, they should live indoors with their owners. In the absence of supervision, they should be kept in a safely fenced yard.

Exercise puppies younger than two years old for no more than half an hour at a time. Muscle coordination and their ability to focus aren’t fully developed, and neither are their joints. When your Brittany pup seems tired or unenthusiastic, take a break from training or play. Teaching them to come when called is essential. Be firm and consistent, but never harsh. A sharp word can often stop misbehavior in its tracks. As puppies, Brittany can be destructive. Exercise and training will keep them occupied, and you can create puppies if you can’t supervise them.

Conclusion

It’s essential to be prepared for the things you cannot control. At Spot Pet Insurance, our number one priority is helping you give your dog the long, happy, and healthy life they deserve. Reach out today and request a free pet insurance quote to learn more about our range of well-rounded plan options for your Brittany.

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