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Hunting - Gundog

Breed History


Derives its name from the region of Brittany in France, where it evolved around the 1850s as a result of initially crossing local French Spaniels with Setters, and then crossing the offspring with French Braques, a tailless pointing breed.

These original Brittanys were either short-tailed, or without tails, and were originally bred by the peasants of Brittany to hunt game and do other things around the house, such as catch vermin. The upper classes recognised the value of such talents and eventually started to own and breed their own Brittanys.

Officially recognised in France in 1907, it was not until 1978 that they were first imported to Australia. They remain a rare breed among the Gundogs but are increasing in popularity.

Originally called Brittany Spaniels, the name was shortened to Brittany in 1998 in Australia. The change is justified in that Spaniels mainly flush game, whereas the Brittany is a utility Gundog and not a true Spaniel. It hunts, points and retrieves.

The Brittany is small enough to stay within the hunter’s range. They also possess a coat that’s long enough to protect them from the brush without getting stuck in brambles and hedgerows. Besides having an exceptional nose, they can flush and retrieve on land and water, and they have the energy to go all day. They have earned the title of Dual Champion more than any other Sporting Group breed. In fact, the breed attained its 500th Dual Champion title in 2006. Only dogs that have been named both Show Champion and Field Champion win the title.

Many Brittanys need at least an hour or more of vigorous exercise every single day. Let them blow off steam somewhere they can enjoy an unbridled run, play enthusiastically with the kids, or join you on the hunt. With their energy and attachment to their owners, Brittanys can make wonderful pets. Given enough exercise, they’re doting, patient, and gentle in the home.

Brittanys are known for their gentle nature, and they often don’t respond well to raised voices and harsh words. They need patient and positive training, as well as owners who won’t leave them home alone for long periods of time.

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