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Life Span
12 - 14 years
30 - 45 pounds

Brittany dogs are intelligent and positive, cheerful gun dogs that love to go and explore nature with their favorite human. They are friendly and full of energy but do not do well when they are left alone. They are quick as a flash and will do anything to get their human excited. They can be slightly sensitive, so consistent positive reinforcement and treats are important. They also really do win the award for most stylish gundog. At home they are eager to play and relax, while in the field they will work for you all day. Brittanys require a lot of exercise, preferably with their favorite humans.

Here's something strange- even though the Brittany is commonly referred to as the Brittany Spaniel, it actually is not considered a Spaniel, as it has more genetic overlap with typical pointers, than spaniels.

Bred For
Pointing, retrieving
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Brittany good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Brittany friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Brittany friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Brittany like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.


Does the Brittany like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Brittany make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Brittany good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Brittany be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Brittany. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the Brittany shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the Brittany easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the Brittany need a lot of exercise?


How smart is the Brittany?

Amount of Barking

How much does the Brittany bark? Does the Brittany bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the Brittany a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the Brittany good at staying alone? Is the Brittany independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Brittany a good apartment dog? Can the Brittany live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.


How big is the Brittany?

Tolerates Heat

How much does the Brittany tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Brittany?

Tolerates Cold

How much does the Brittany tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Brittany?

Potential to Run Away

Does the Brittany try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Brittany a healthy dog? The general health of a Brittany should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the Brittany? Is the Brittany too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the Brittany drool?

Prey Drive

Does the Brittany have a large prey drive? Does the Brittany like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.


Is the Brittany atheltic? Is the Brittany fast and strong?

Breed Variations

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    Liver and White

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    Black and White

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    Orange and White

The Brittany is a purebred dog that belongs to the Pointer sub group, which falls under the larger Sporting dog breed group.
Sporting group: Sporting dogs are the natural athletes of the dog world. They have high energy, and always look to be stimulated with some activity or challenge. These dogs thrive in the outdoors- particularly the woods and the water. Sporting dogs include the best swimming dogs, retrieving dogs, and other field activities. They have traditionally been bred to assist hunters find and retrieve birds and other smaller hunting game. Sporting dogs are not known as guard dogs, but because of their alertness and loyalty to their family, with proper training they can be good home protectors as well. Over the years they have become extremely well-rounded, so with plenty of exercise can make excellent home companions. They are willing to please their owners, so if you put the time into training and exercise you will be rewarded with an amazing dog.
Pointer sub-group: The Pointer is graceful, and serious while it is "working." For centuries, the pointer has been "pointing" to ducks and other hunting game for hunters. They have excellent instincts, high energy and speed, and can be trained very well. This makes them the perfect hunting dog, but in today's age more commonly an excellent family dog to an active family- the perfect runner’s companion. The pointer is friendly, and can be trained well, but still is not ideal for a first time owner due to their high energy and demanding nature. They need a firm owner who they can respect, and who can keep them busy.

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