The Brittany is a breed of dog developed centuries ago from a combination of the spaniel and setter classes. This led to very unique traits in both its physical features and temperament. The gun dog looked like a spaniel but was much smaller than its counterparts. It was a natural at hunting and made a remarkable family dog off the field. For years, the breeders continued to develop the Brittany into a versatile gun dog that was at home on land or in the water. The breed's popularity caught on and found itself recognized by reputable kennel organizations in a very short amount of time.
As the Brittany is a popular dog for hunters, there are a number of breeders offering topnotch specimens with strong hunting bloodlines. Many of these breeders offer pups that cost thousands of dollars; some even require high deposits for pups that have not even been conceived yet. It is important when choosing to make this type of investment that one first research several breeders in full before making a final decision. The next important step is to visit the breeder personally and observe the facilities. Grounds that are dirty or offer the appearance of less then ethical breeding practices should not only be dismissed but reported to the proper agencies.
Spending thousands of dollars does not always mean getting a high quality Brittany. There are a number of rescues that focus primarily on the Brittany breed. Dogs found in a rescue facility are given up for any number of reasons but this does not mean they are of any less quality or value. Rescues take in both puppies and adults and both offer their benefits and drawbacks. While a puppy will offer an owner the chance to grow and create a bond, many choose adult dogs for the opportunity to skip potty training and the destructive chewing stage that comes with puppyhood.
When scouting for this type of breed it should be noted that a well bred Brit is compact and well put together; yet at the same time it is long limbed, lively and quite rugged. The Brittany moves with a noticeable definiteness and grace. Awkwardness is hardly ever a trait of the Brittany breed. They may or may not have a tail. A Brittany can be up to 20 inches at the shoulder and is no more than forty pounds. In a healthy Brittany, lines lead from a hearty chest to a slim waist and well proportioned hindquarters. When its nose is not to the earth, the head is carried high, chin parallel to the ground. The Brittany is commonly referred to as a people dog; a breed for which hostility or timidity is a definite warning sign of ill handling. The typical Brittany greatly relies on everyday interaction with its owner in order to stay healthy.