The Brittany is a hearty hunting dog skilled in pointing and retrieving game. Strong, quick, agile and alert, the Brittany is good-natured and friendly, making him a loving companion. The breed has a dense, feathered coat that protects him in the field and requires regular grooming. This energetic breed needs vigorous daily exercise and thrives with an active outdoor family.

DID YOU KNOW? The Brittany originated in the French province of Brittany, where the breed was first shown in 1896. Paintings by Jean-Baptiste Oudry from the early 1700s show a liver-and-white dog believed to be a Brittany pointing partridge.

ALSO KNOWN AS: Brittany Spaniel, Brittany Wiegref, Epagneul Breton

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good with children, not hypoallergenic, not suitable for apartment living
  • Size: Medium
  • Height: 44.5 to 52 centimetres at the shoulder
  • Weight: 13.5 to 18 kilograms
  • Coat: Feathered flat or wavy
  • Energy: High
  • Colour: Orange and white or liver and white in clear or roan patterns
  • Activities: Hunting, Field Trials, Obedience, Conformation
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Weight: 14 – 18kg
Height: 47 – 51cm
Colours: They come in orange and white, liver and white, black and white,
tri-colour and roan
Size: Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Gundog


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 3/5


Sociable and affectionate, the Brittany still retains a desire to hunt using sight and scent, and they are a busy, characterful dog with plenty of stamina and speed. Due to their sociable nature with people and other dogs, they make an excellent family dog with the right amount of exercise, training and entertainment, but this is not a dog to leave bored or unfulfilled!

History and Origins

Country of Origin: France

Previously known as the Brittany Spaniel, the Brittany’s origins lie in the pointers, setters and spaniels of Britain and France.

In the Brittany region, the local spaniel and gundog types were mixed with the pointers and setters brought over by British landed gentry, who came for the snipe and partridge season and would leave their dogs in the care of French kennels from one season to the next. The offspring of these became the Brittany Spaniel, but with more influence from setters and pointers, they became longer in the leg and lost the long eared shorter legged spaniel look around the 19th Century.

Still considered a useful HPR (Hunt, Point, Retrieve) breed today, the Brittany was used to fulfil all those functions in the hunting field and this multi-talented breed retained its popularity, eventually entering the show-ring and becoming recognised by the Kennel Club in 1986.

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Brittany Dogs

Training Brittany Dogs

Best Family Dog Breeds

Did You Know?

  • Brittany’s can be long tailed or can have a natural stubby tail; -or sometimes even be born totally tailless.
  • Brittany’s are known to become very attached to their owners and are prone to developing separation anxiety, so this isn’t a suitable breed if you spend a lot of time out the house.
  • Brittany type dogs can be traced back to tapestries and paintings from the 17th century.
  • The Brittany gets its name from the French Province it comes from.
  • It’s thought that Brittany’s and Welsh Springer Spaniels are closely related and share the same ancestors.

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