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Brittany Spaniel | breed profile

The Brittany Spaniel has two variations- the taller and faster American, or the smaller French variety.

Introduction

Brittany is in the north-west of France, immediately south of the English Channel. It was in this location that medieval peasants bred a dog that would combine an aptitude for learning, perseverance, and natural inclination to retrieve. Depictions of these dogs can be seen in tapestries and paintings dating as far back as the 17th Century from medieval France, Belgium, and Holland. In their role in hunting, the Brittany Spaniel (or Brittany as they are commonly called) points and retrieves birds and other small game. They became a recognised breed in 1907. There are two varieties, the taller American, who tends to be a faster runner, and the French who are a little smaller. Both are classified as the same breed.

Appearance and Personality

Brittaniesare a medium-sized dog weighing approximately 14 to 18kg and grow up to 50 cm tall at the shoulder. They have floppy ears and a sweet facial expression. They are born with short tails but sometimes they are born with long tails. They are mainly white with patches of liver or orange but can also come in black.

They have a flat wavy coat that benefits from regular brushing to remove loose hairs that do shed. Feathering and longer sections of hair benefit from trimming every now and again. Cleaning the ears should be a regular part of caring for a Brittany as long, floppy ears tend to accumulate wax and predispose them to ear infections.

Due to their working origins, Brittanies are happiest when they have a task to perform, making them great candidates for agility or other sports. With high exercise needs and a bright mind, these pups are best suited to an active household with time to take them for daily runs in the dog park and engage in serious playtime. Being left alone for long periods of time will likely result in boredom and anxiety. A big backyard to explore will suit the Brittany better than a small apartment. The Brittany is generally a good choice for families with children, as they are trainable and gentle in nature. Show caution however, if introducing them to small pets and birds as hunting instincts may still be strong. With plenty of activity, exercise and company, these dogs can be great for families as they have lots of love and loyalty to give.

Common Health Concerns

From the 2020 calendar year, the number one reason why Brittanies visited the vet (excluding routine visits like vaccinations) was for ingestion of toxins and foreign bodies, perhaps due to their curious nature!

The five most common reasons for a Brittany Spaniel to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2020 calendar year:

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Ingestion of a foreign body or toxin$615$4,337
2Neoplasia$258$1,583
3Skin condition, including allergic skin disorder, itchy skin, pyoderma$186$631
4Gastrointestinal conditions, including Canine Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis and gastritis$328$1,164
5Arthritis$108$638

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

For the same period (2020), the top five highest single vet treatments (or highest pet insurance claims) for Brittany Spaniel from PetSure data were:

RankConditionHighest Cost of treatment for condition 
(average pet insurance claim amount)
1Patella luxation$4,997
2Cruciate disease$4,528
3Rodenticide intoxication$4,337
4Liver disease$4,017
5Carcinoma$3,554

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Brittany Spaniel names (PetSure data 2020) 30/

Most popular names

  1. Maggie
  2. Coco
  3. Cooper
  4. Jasper
  5. Louis
  6. Oscar
  7. Rubi
  8. Ruby
  9. Willow
  10. Alby

Most popular female names 

  1. Maggie
  2. Coco
  3. Rubi
  4. Willow
  5. Billie
  6. Bubbles
  7. Daisy
  8. Frankie
  9. Frida
  10. Gypsy

Most popular male names:

  1. Archie
  2. Louis
  3. Ollie
  4. Dusty
  5. Oscar
  6. Alby
  7. Baxter
  8. Bodhi
  9. Charlie
  10. Chilli

Did you know?

The “Spaniel” part of Brittany Spaniel refers to the breed’s physical similarities to other Spaniels, such as Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels, but this is a bit of a misnomer because Brittany Spaniels are more like Pointers in that they point and retrieve the prey rather than flush it out like true Spaniels. As such, many kennel clubs have dropped the “Spaniel” from the name.

References

  1. American Kennel Club Brittany  accessed 01/06/21
  2. Brittany dog club New Zealand accessed 01/06/21
  3. Dogtime Brittany Accessed 01/06/21
  4. Wikipedia, Brittany (dog), accessed 02/06/21
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