Basics of Dog Breed: Brittany Spaniel
Posted on January 03 2019
The Brittany Spaniel is the smallest dog and the first breed of this category that comes from France. It has a solid frame that contrasts with its natural elegance. He is particularly known for his expressive look and vigor from which he never departed. The Brittany Spaniel is an admirable companion dog. In addition to his calm, calm character, he will delight his adoptive family with a tender tenderness and incredible fidelity. In addition, it turns out to be a very sporty dog, perfect companion for long walks. He has a very strong health and rarely needs to be cared for.
Race history of Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel is, as its name indicates, native of Brittany, more precisely of its center. If the official creation of the race dates from 1907, its history goes back much further. He comes down from Oysel's dogs and was the result of crosses between springers, pointers and setters. If he is considered a stop dog, he is originally a hunting dog.
The Breton Spaniel has a characteristic of his own. It is sometimes born without tail (anour) or with a very short tail (brachyoure). The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes the race on November 19, 1954.
Physical characteristics of Brittany Spaniel
Its hair : fine, without being silky, it is flattened or slightly wavy, but not curly.
Its color : usually white & black, white & orange or white & brown. Her dress can be tricolor or roan.
Its head : sports a rounded skull, a straight chamfer with almost parallel sides.
Its ears : attached high, they are short, but wide and their mobility is constant when the dog is concentrated or in full action.
Its eyes : expressive, oblique, matching the dress.
Its body : frustoconical with well released shoulders. His chest is rather wide and his back straight.
Its tail: tied up, the tail should ideally measure 3 to 6 cm when cut. Individuals of this breed may have no tail at birth.
Brittany Spaniel's behavior with others
The Brittany Spaniel is a great companion of life. He is happy , sporty and tender . He will not hesitate to ask for cuddles from his master, his family and even strangers, that he will not reject. He is very faithful to his adoptive family and asks for presence as well as love in return. Nevertheless, he does not show any glue and will not seek caresses if he is aware of not being able to receive them. He likes to play with children , with whom he is gentle immeasurable. He appreciates the presence of congeners at his side.
Education of Brittany Spaniel
Very intelligent , the Breton Spaniel offers no difficulty in his education. He is very obedient by nature. Nevertheless, his education must be taken as soon as possible to avoid some misguided excesses. Thus, this hunting dog par excellence must learn not to deviate from its trajectory (during walks) if it smells of game. It must also be educated gently because it is a very sensitive dog . The firmness must be de rigueur, otherwise its character sometimes stubborn could make it show all the colors to his master.
Living conditions of Brittany Spaniel
The Breton Spaniel is as sociable with children as adults or other pets. It is suitable for all types of environment. He appreciates as much the countryside and its vast expanses as an urban life in apartment. It is not difficult and likes to lounging on an indoor carpet in the company of his master, just like running a whole day outside. However, he does not accept loneliness and needs to have someone at his side, be it a human presence or a congener. The Brittany Spaniel needs to go out regularly to get active. Do not forget that this is a hunter in the soul and, as such, it must be able to make long walks.
Health of Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel is a robust dog that knows almost no health problems . On the other hand, his ears should be monitored, because the presence of foreign bodies irritates him and can cause infections. The Brittany Spaniel can live up to 14 years in very good health.
Maintenance and hygiene of Brittany Spaniel
The Breton Spaniel is a dog that is very easy to maintain . First, it has the advantage of not having a smell that would bother its masters. Then, he needs nothing to find his cleanliness after getting dirty during a day of hunting.
He needs a bath only very rarely. The brush can be carried out daily . For grooming, it is better to do it at home since the salons are not experienced with this breed. 10 min, 2 to 3 times a year, it remains relatively little.
Food of Brittany Spaniel
The diet of the Breton Spaniel must be quite drastic to avoid any overweight. He must be in agreement with his daily sports practice and his energy expenditure. Of high quality kibble are often recommended for this dog must have a body capable of supporting long sports sessions.
Physical activity of Brittany Spaniel
The Brittany Spaniel loves physical exercises . As a true born athlete , he needs to be out several times a day if he does not have a yard or garden to frolic freely. It has the particularity, despite its small size, to run for a long time without getting too tired.
Price and budge of Brittany Spaniel
The purchase price of a Breton Spaniel is between 1000€ and 1500€.
The annual maintenance cost of a Breton Spaniel is between 1050€ and 1100€.