Dog Breeds 101: Brittany

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Dog Breeds 101 – Brittany
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The long-legged Brittany is a great runner and can cover long distances in a short amount of time. This athletic breed is always swift and efficient in pointing its target and retrieving game. Needless to say, hunting is one of the dog’s favorite activities. With its light gait, the Brittany is always quick to respond to commands. [1] Most dogs of this breeds are born with naturally short tails and are very rarely born with full tails. Its coat is medium in length and flowing which commonly comes in the color combinations of orange and white or liver and white. The breed’s average life span is 12 years but it is not uncommon for Brittanys to live up to 15 years. [2]

The breed got its name from its place of origin which the Brittany region of northwestern France. Images of Brittany-like dogs are already seen on tapestries and paintings from the 17th century. However, the first written and verifiable record of the breed comes from a hunting description written by Reverend Davies in 1850. He described them to be small, bobtailed dogs which were excellent hunters and retrievers. The Brittany made its first show appearance at a dog show in Paris in 1900. Soon after, the Brittany was officially recognized as a breed in 1907 in France. [2]

This breed thrives in an athletic lifestyle. The Brittany needs to let out all of its energy or it is likely to develop undesirable behaviors such as hyperactivity and destructive chewing. It is also unwise to leave this dog for long periods. If socialized at an early age, most Brittanys are polite, gentle and peaceful towards people and other animals. These dogs are somewhat sensitive and will respond well to a calm voice. They do not do well in a tense and loud environment. [3]

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