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Brittany |France|

Brittany |France|

Once known as the Brittany Spaniel, but now simply the Brittany, these are busy, lively, intelligent, personable, and highly skilled hunting dogs. They have spaniel-like characteristics, particularly in their appearance, but when working, they behave more like pointers. These small, compact, leggy dogs are capable of covering a lot of ground, but they work best in a smaller range than pointers. They are excellent at pointing and holding game and retrieving on land and water. They are highly energetic and thrive when working or exercising, but also make superb companions for the right, active home

History

The Brittany, like other bird dogs, derives from ancient stock. There is no documentation surrounding its origins, but paintings from the seventeenth century include dogs with similar characteristics. They are most associated with Brittany, in France, hence their name, and are believed to derive from English Setters and small spaniel-types. The earliest records date to the 1800s, to the town of Pontou. Although bred by the wealthy for hunting woodcock and other small game, they were also popular with poachers due to their small size and the ease with which they could be hidden if necessary. The breed arrived in United States in the early twentieth century and has since become one of the most popular breeds in pointing field trials.

Brittanys are one of a handful of breeds that are born naturally bob tailed (short tailed). Breed standards require the tail to be no longer than 4 inches.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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