Breed overview the Brittany spaniel

by Amy Cooper
Brittany spaniel

Are you considering getting a Brittany spaniel? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the Brittany spaniel breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.

Breed overview

Brittany spaniels were bred to aid their owners when out hunting. Pointing and retrieving prey. So, they needed to be intelligent, strong and highly trainable. They have a medium length coat meaning that they need a reasonable amount of grooming but will also shed lots! Brittany spaniels come in many colours, but the standard colours are black and white, black and white roan, black tricolour, liver and white, liver tricolour, orange and white, orange and white roan and finally tricolour. They stand at 17 to 21 inches to the shoulder so are classed as a medium sized breed and have a lifespan of 10+ years


As I mentioned above Brittany spaniels need a reasonable amount of grooming because of their medium length coats. So, will need brushing more than once a week to remove tangles and the occasional bath when they get smelly. Obviously, Brittanys will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs. 


Because Brittany spaniels were originally hunting dogs and are a spaniel, they need a LOT of exercise (2+ hours a day). But not only do they need physical exercise like walking or swimming but also mental stimulation, and lots of it. This can be done by training, which your Brittany will love, or using puzzle toys. 


Brittany spaniels are generally a healthy breed but like all purebred dogs they are prone to some health conditions. The health conditions most common in Brittany spaniels are hip dysplasia, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. However, all good breeders have both parents genetically tested/screened for these health conditions. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older. 


Known for intelligence and trainability, the Brittany spaniel has a sweet nature if not a little over sensitive at times! They make a great family pet thanks to their eagerness to please and overall exuberant nature. Their energetic temperament requires at least a few hours of activity every day, with lots of room to run and play keeping naughty behaviour at a minimum. Consistent socialisation is a must for Brittany spaniels as their sensitive nature can have the tendency to induce anxiety and shyness. 

So, overall Brittany spaniels are a very sweet and intelligent breed which makes them the perfect family pet! As long as you are an active family that will fulfil the exercise needs of a Brittany spaniel.

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