The Affectionate Brittany Spaniel

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Brittany Spaniel
Weight: 30 — 40 lbs
Height: 17” — 21”
AKC Rank 2008 #30
Lifespan: 12—13 yrs
Group Sporting
Origin France

Dog Breed Info - The Brittany Spaniel

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Breed Overview

Origin 1800’s. Original Function pointing, retrieving. Today, pointing, retrieving. Companion. Colors: Orange and white, liver and white, tricolor.

The dogs came to America around 1925. The breed wasn’t accepted right away because hunters were expecting a point dog with a long tail. However, after the dogs were given a chance, they proved themselves and have since become one of the more popular of all pointing breeds. Although registered as the Brittany Spaniel with the AKC from 1934, “spaniel” was dropped in 1982 because of the hunting style of the dog which is more like that of a setter than a spaniel.

Brittany Spaniel puppy
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Very easy to train and the dog wants to learn and please his master. Recommend using clicker training fore quickest and best results with the Brittany, They love the system and it's easy.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Brittany Spaniel? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Brittany and her puppies are fairly easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.


The dog is quick and curious. He loves to run, hunt and play. He has an independent nature, such as any pointing breed would have, and is responsive to human direction. This breed makes a great house pet as long as it receives adequate daily mental and physical exercise. If not allowed adequate exercise, the dog can become quite destructive.

If you happen to get a Brittany Spaniel with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Brittany with a toy
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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Moderate. Picks his canine friends.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Moderate. Britt’s are a little independent but get along in the household quite well.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Loves people. Bring on the relatives and neighbors.


Yes. Very playful.


Yes. Very affectionate.

Good with children

Yes. Relatively tolerant with kids. Young children should be supervised.

Good with Seniors over 65?

No. The Brittany needs too much exercise for a senior to deal with.

Living environment

House with a medium size fenced back yard, big enough to throw a ball and play fetch. This is an indoor dog that needs companionship with his humans.

Energy level

High energy dog.

Exercise needs, daily

This breed requires a LOT of exercise. This would be a good dog to take out jogging for a ‘couple miles a day.

This dog’s major requirement is for abundant exercise, an hour of heavy exertion, not just walking every day.


Fairly good, not the best. This is a friendly dog and may let strangers pass as “friends” instead of intruders.

Guard dog



No to very little.


Brush the Brittany Spaniel every few days. He’ll love you for it and it will keep the matting down.


Suggested Reading for The Brittany Spaniel
Click on the cover photos for more book information and editor reviews.

  • 3rd book from the left provides 101 Dog Tricks to teach your pooch. It's great mental exercise for your dog. There are things in the book I never would have thought of!

  • The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog emergencies, illnesses and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for every dog owner and should be kept handy.

Brittany Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Brittany Spaniel puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training. Brittany Spaniel Breeders with puppies for sale. Check your newspapers for local breeders in your area.

Brittany Spaniel Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Brittany and are looking for a Brittany Spaniel Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Brittany Spaniel Rescue - (Nationwide) At the time of this writing, Petfinder only has 401 Brittany Spaniels available for the entire USA! Check your local area for kennels and breed rescue groups. When you do find one, check dog health records as well as history and socialization if possible.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas. The Brittany Spaniel is a hard dog to find.

Dog Health Issues For The Brittany Spaniel
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems as listed for the Brittany Spaniel by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, back leg acts lame. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain and difficulty walking. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

  • Lens luxation—Hereditary. Weak fibers holding the lens of the eye allow the lens to dislocate. The eye can not focus. This leads to painful, red eyes that tear a lot and can lead to Uveitis or Glaucoma if not treated right away. If detected early, surgery and medication might solve the problem.

  • Otitis externa—Ear infection. Inflammation and infection of the outer ear, especially dogs with long, floppy ear flaps like the Brittany. Dirt and moisture collect and breed yeast and bacteria. Ear hair and wax contribute to the infection environment. If left untreated it can become a serious infection. If at home treatments with cleaning and meds don't work and the problem worsens, surgery might be the last resort.

  • Seborrhea—Hereditary. Skin disease. Usually dry, flaky coat with the familiar “dog” odor. Sebaceous glands will produce a waxy, oily substance in the armpits, in the ears, under the dog and around the elbow joints. Secondary ear and skin infections are common too. There are many, many causes and IF the vet can identify one and treat it, you’re lucky. It’s a tough disorder to pinpoint. Springer and Cocker Spaniels, Brittany's, Westies and Retrievers are among the most susceptible

  • Epilepsy—Brain disorder causing a serious seizures disorder that usually show up at around 2 to 4 or 5 years of age in the dog.

  • Nasal solar dermatitis—Hereditary immune diseases. The skin of the face and nose are involved… it is called “Collie Nose” though many breeds have it. There will be rough, scaly skin or ulceration where the nose and skin meet, also, a loss of color on the nose. Sores may be on the skin at the nose. The disease is not a killer but is not easy to look at. If too much sunlight hits the nose area, cancer may develop. That area will sunburn easily. Treatment includes no sunlight or use sunscreen, corticosteroids in cream form, medicine as pills, injections and a vitamin E supplement.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy—An inherited, untreatable disease of the retina affecting both eyes causing blindness. It’s in the genes of the dog and is not painful. Starts with night blindness and progresses as the retina gradually deteriorates.

  • Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the Brittany's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the dog’s immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.

  • Cataracts - Hazy or cloudy vision which, if not treated, will lead to blindness.

Other health issues could occur with your Brittany Spaniel. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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