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Brittany

Breed Summary


The Brittany is a medium-sized compact dog. They are leggy in appearance and are built for great agility and stamina. Their heads are of an average size with floppy ears, expressions usually of intelligence, vigor, and alertness, and gait elastic, long, and free. They are very strong, and quick of movement. Ruggedness, without clumsiness, is a characteristic of the breed. He can be tailless or has a tail docked to approximately four inches.


Country of Origin: France

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 26 of 196

AKC Classification: Sporting group

UKC Classification: Gun Dog

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 17-18 in., Male: 19-20 in.

Weight: Female: 30-40 lbs.; Male: 30-40 lbs

Physical traits: Medium-sized, Short, Compact

Coat Length: Medium

Characteristics: Wavy

Colors: Orange and white, liver and white, tri-colored

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Bright, Fun-Loving, Upbeat

Energy Level: Very energetic

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: moderate to high

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years


Health


The Brittany is a very healthy breed, with few genetic health issues. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. A responsible breeder will screen breeding stock for health concerns such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, canine discoid lupus erythematosus, and eye disease. Ears should be checked regularly to remove foreign matter and avoid a build-up of wax, and the teeth should be brushed regularly.



Nutrition


The Brittany should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). The level of activity also affects the number of calories a dog would need. For example, a hunting adult Brittany weighing 40 pounds would require about 1233 kcal. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.



Training


Training Brittany dogs can be very simple if the proper methods are used. Avoid jerking them around, or being harsh during training. They love to plays so keep the dogs active! You can teach them to respond to simple commands and never forget to include consistency and firmness to every single one of your training sessions with them.


Exercise


Brittany is a bright, high-energy dog who is bred to hunt, and he needs lots of exercise. They pretty much enjoy running around freely, especially in open space. They love exercise, but puppies should be given a time limit for that. Spend, at most, 30 minutes giving them exercise, which can include fetching balls or finding items. Make sure they don’t engage in strenuous exercise because, like puppies, their joints are yet to be fully developed. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet.



Fun Fact

They are very much shy, which can lead to excessive whining and urination in the house.





References


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