Brittany spaniels are medium sized dogs distinctive through their rather long legs. With energy in spades, it’s important that these dogs receive sufficient mental and physical exercise or they will become bored and try to escape. While almost all dogs enjoy life more when they have a job to do, Brittanys are especially task-oriented and will not be happy when they are left at home alone for the day. If their exercise needs are met, then they are obedient and eager to please you. They are loving and gentle by nature and are responsive to a calm and confident voice. Many breeders differentiate these dogs into two sub-breeds – American and French. The primary distinction between the two is that the American Brittany is both faster and taller than the French Brittany.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
As mentioned before, it is essential to give your Brittany plenty of exercise, otherwise they may become neurotic and hyperactive. A walk around the park will not be sufficient which makes them unsuitable to the apartment lifestyle, especially considering Brittanys love the wide open spaces and the outdoors. They are good with children, however as puppies their exuberance may lead them to accidentally harm a small child. The Brittany's grooming needs are simple since they only need to be brushed weekly and shed very little.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism.