10 July 2023

Let’s talk about… Brittany: what are they?

  • The Brittany, also known as the Brittany Spaniel, is a versatile and energetic dog breed that originated in France.
  • Despite its name, it is not considered a true spaniel but is classified as a pointing breed.
  • Brittanys are known for their athleticism, intelligence, and keen hunting instincts.
  • They have a compact and sturdy build, with an average height of 46-51cm for males and 43-48 cm for females.
  • Their weight typically ranges from 14-18 kg,
  • They have a life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years.
Brittany Spaniel Exercise Needs 4/5 Grooming Ease 3/5 Trainability 4/5

What is the temperament of Brittanys like?

  • Brittanys are known for their friendly and outgoing temperament.
  • They are highly sociable dogs that get along well with people, including children, and other animals.
  • They are often described as happy, eager to please, and affectionate.
  • Brittanys have a natural instinct for hunting and are known for their excellent scenting abilities and pointing skills.
  • They thrive in an active environment and enjoy activities such as jogging, hiking, and participating in dog sports like agility or obedience.
Baloo, the Brittany

How much exercise do Brittanys need?

  • Brittanys are an active breed and require a significant amount of exercise to meet their energy needs. On average, they need at least 1.5 to 2 hours of exercise per day. This can be in the form of brisk walks, jogging, playing fetch, or engaging in activities that provide mental stimulation.
  • It's important to note that puppies have different exercise requirements compared to adult dogs. While their bones and joints are still developing, they should not engage in high-impact activities or prolonged exercise sessions.
  • As a very general guideline, puppies can start with around 5 minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice a day, but this will vary per individual and as per the advice of your vet.
  • Brittanys reach full exercise capacity at an adult level around 12 to 18 months of age, but always monitor their energy levels and adjust their exercise accordingly as required.
Blanca, the Brittany

Do Brittanys need a lot of grooming?

  • Brittanys have a medium-length, dense coat that requires moderate grooming.
  • They have a slightly wavy or straight coat that is often easy to maintain. Regular brushing two to three times a week is usually sufficient to remove loose hair and prevent matting.
  • These dogs are considered to be average shedders, and their shedding tends to be more noticeable during seasonal coat changes.
  • Bathing should be done as needed, such as when they become dirty or develop a strong odour, or every 2-3 months.
  • Like any dog, regular tooth brushing with a dog-specific toothpaste twice daily is ideal. If you can’t manage that often, just do it as often as you can.
Kit, the Brittany

Are Brittanys easy to train?

  • These dogs are intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.
  • They have a strong desire to please their owners and are quick learners.
  • Early socialisation and training are important to help them become well-rounded and obedient companions.
  • Be consistent in your training methods and expectations. Use clear and concise cues for commands, and ensure all family members are on the same page. Patience is key when training a Brittany, as they may sometimes be stubborn or easily distracted.
  • Brittanys are intelligent and energetic dogs that require mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behaviour. Engage them in puzzle toys, interactive games, and training exercises that challenge their minds.
  • Brittanys have a strong hunting instinct, so it's important to channel their natural abilities appropriately. Consider enrolling them in scent work or hunting activities designed for dogs. This allows them to use their instincts in a controlled and fulfilling manner.
  • Keep training sessions short and engaging to maintain your Brittany's interest and focus. Frequent, brief sessions are more effective than long, monotonous ones.
Marlo, the Brittany

What do Brittanys eat?

  • Proper nutrition is essential for the health and well-being of Brittanys. They should be fed a high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age, size, and activity level.
  • Puppies require a specific puppy food formulated to support their growth and development. They will need to be fed three to four times a day until 6 months old, when they should be reduced to twice daily feeding.
  • As they mature, around 12 months of age, they can transition to adult dog food and typically be fed twice a day.
  • Portion control is crucial to prevent obesity, as Brittanys have a tendency to overeat if given the opportunity.
  • Treats should be given in moderation and incorporated into their daily calorie intake to maintain a healthy weight.

Are Brittanys healthy?

  • Brittanys are generally a healthy breed, but they may be prone to certain health conditions. Some common health concerns in Brittanys include:

Bones and Joints

  • Elbow Dysplasia - this condition is where there is an issue with how the bones fit together at the elbow joint.
  • Hip Dysplasia - a condition where the thigh bone and pelvis do not sit together properly at the hip joint, which can lead to discomfort and arthritis.


  • Cataracts - a common cause of blindness due to a clouding of the lens of the eye.


  • Hypothyroidism - a condition where your dog does not produce enough thyroid hormone.


  • Epilepsy - A condition of the brain that causes dogs to have fits.

This list is by no means comprehensive. If you have any concerns about the health of your dog, or if you want to discuss further if a Brittany is right for you, consult with your vet.

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Information on this page should never replace advice given by your veterinarian.  Potential health issues presented are given as a guide only and are not meant to be comprehensive.  If you ever have any concerns about your dog’s health contact your local vet.

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