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The Full Brittany Description

The Brittany is a happy, alert, and active dog. He loves to work and is eager to please. He thrives on challenges and exercise, work and friendship, and makes an ideal dog for someone who can give him a serious daily workout.

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The Brittany was named for a French Province

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The Brittany is a natural pointer and excellent retriever who makes a great hunting companion.

The Brittany requires only a few minutes of brushing each day to maintain his lovely coat.

Brittany's usually have exceptionally friendly temperaments, they love people and get along well with other dogs.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Workmanlike, compact, lively, squarely built.


Energetic, intelligent, hunt-point-retriever.


Affectionate and eager to please.

Head and Skull

Medium length, rounded with the median line slightly visible. Stop well defined but not too deep. Occiput not pronounced but can be felt. Muzzle about two-thirds the length of the skull, tapered but not snipy. Nostrils open and well shaped.


Expressive, brown to dark brown in harmony with coat colour, never light or hard in expression. Well set in.


Drop ear, set high, rather short, lightly fringed and vine-shaped covered with slightly wavy hair.


Jaws strong with a perfect regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips tight, upper lip slightly overlapping lower.


Medium length, clean and well set into shoulders.


Sloping and well set on shoulders. Forelegs straight with good muscle. Moderately well boned. Feathered.


Chest deep, descending to the level of elbow. Ribs well rounded. Back short with loin short and strong with slight slope from withers to croup and from
croup to hindquarters.


Strong and broad, flanks well rounded, moderate bend of stifle. Hocks well let down. Feathered to mid-thigh.


Small, compact with a little hair between toes.


Docked: Naturally tailless, short or customarily docked. Carried level with back.
Undocked: Carried level with back.


Brisk, short striding, straight and true.


Body coat rather flat, dense, fairly fine and slightly wavy.


Orange/white, liver/white, black/white, tricolour, or roan of any of these colours. Nose dark or harmony with coat colour.


Ideal height: dogs: 48-50 cms (19-20 ins); bitches: 47-49 cms (18½-19½ ins).

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