Brittany

Sporting Group

Brittany dog lying down in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 13-15 in, Males 14-16 in

Weight

Females 20-25 lbs, Males 25-30 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-14 yrs

History

The Brittany was developed in the Brittany region of France during the 1800's. Tapestries and paintings from the 17th century depicting Brittany-like dogs suggest that their close ancestors were popular birding dogs. Brittanys became an established breed when Brittany-like dogs were likely bred with English Setters in order to develop as versatile of a working dog as possible. Brittanys are known to be effective hunters and retrievers of any type of game bird.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Brittanys will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★★★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Happy, curious, and independent

Very high energy, and sometimes even described as "hyperactive"

Need companionship and don't like to be left alone for long

Tend to be sensitive and don't respond well to harsh training or scolding

They like to be given a job or tasks to complete- otherwise they might become destructive due to boredom