After having *almost* adopted a lab/brittany mix puppy this past week got me thinking more about brittanys as a good choice for our family. From what I've read, it sounds like the range of temperments is wide. What's your experience with brittanys? Any words of wisdom or warning?
1. I have a Brittany puppy. He is 3 1/2 months now. Every weekend I take him to the dogpark and the lake. We run 4 miles at the lake because he has EXTRA energy. By the end of 4 miles he is still not tired.
2. Brittany's are not stupid. Mine knows when I am gone. So he uses the dining chair to hop onto the dinner table and the good stuff.
3. Brittany's are slender. when you look down at one you think " that dog needs to be fed more often" But in reality if you have a Brittany sit on you they are (at least mine) tubby.
4. Like any other puppy Brittany chew when they are bored. mine has destroyed at least 5 pairs of shoes.
5. They are great family pets. they are great around toddlers. Some Brittany are more bouncy so they will jump and such.
6. When looking for a family or hunting Brittany the breeder will most likely tell "He is going to be a big hunting male/female" And the smaller ones will be good family pets.
7. Words of Wisdom In my opinion Brittanys got the full package :)
Well you didn't offened me, but to say the smaller ones make better house pets I would have to disagree.
I think the males make better house pets. They don't seem as hyper as the females. At least not my females.
The worst one and the one I can not stand to have in the house unless she is pregant is my small Brittany she is only 28 lbs. All energery.
They are great with kids though. I have a one year old and a four year old. They sometimes get a little excited around the four year old and will get pushy, but they are very careful around the one year old.
They also don't mind that he doesn't have any manners yet. You know he jumps on them and pulls on them when mom or dad aren't watching with hawk eyes. I am trying to teach him how to be nice, but you can't make them be nice every second at one.
Anyway they are very nice dogs and depending on the breeding they can make great house dogs. I think our male is a little more layed back because he has show lines on his dads side and hunting lines on his mothers. Both our females come from hunting lines so I think that kind of makes them more high strung.
Just what I have observed. Plus one of the people that bought a puppy from us last year said the female he bought from us is a lot more hyper then his male ever was. So from the males I have seen they seem more layed back then the females. Gumbo's father and brothers are more layed back then his mother.
Also I would check out both the American Brittany and the French Brittany. Some like one over the other. The French are a little Smaller then the American and are acceptable in three additional colors. The American Brittany is larger and comes in 5 colors. Though the orange/white is the more perfered color in the show ring.
They are very easy to train though if you take the time to train them. Otherwise like any other dog they will train themselves and you may not like the results. Most willl have a natual instinct to hunt. So even if you just want a pet don't be suprised when you are walking that it points at everything from birds, squearles (sp) to foxes and rabbits.
O the price on Brittanys goes from anywhere from $250 up to 900 or a 1000 depending on breeding.
Thanks so much for the feedback. Since I haven't been out and about, I just haven't seen any brittanys around. (That's another thing I hope to get from a dog -- another reason to get out this chair in front of the computer.) I don't see them in the shelters very often, so I figure that means 1) that work out well for people, or 2) there just aren't very many (or both).
When I first started the dog search, I didn't think I'd be interested in training all that much. But the more dogs I meet, I realize I'm more connected with the ones who seem interested in figuring out what I want them to do, and it's great fun for both of us when we figure out how to communicate.
Langniappe: Thanks for the pics. (I'm in Longmont. Are you a breeder?)
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Langniappe......my favorite of yours is Langniappe...lol I like the lighter marked ones with less ticking myself.
We have met many Brittany's over the years at the shows, all have always been very well mannered dogs, great personalities, but with the energy to play, run, and such with you. They are a good breed for kids as well.
My brittany is quite a handful! Energetic, energetic, energetic! VERY intelligent, VERY stubborn. Doesn't shed much. Just the right size for our small house. But don't let the small size fool you-they need LOTS of room to run! Very friendly-hasn't met a person she doesn't like. And she is quite an aggressive chewer. Hasn't outgrown this, and she just turned 1 year old today. Was very easy to housetrain. She's a sweetheart-I would recommend a brittany to anyone who can provide enough exerise for the dog.
the first was my aunts and she was very calm she would run with us but most of the time she was sleeping.
the other we found wondering around by the creek. We took her home called the numbers on the tags the people didnt live there any more but they tracked them down and they picked her up a week (maby 2) later. Wile we had her she was very clam and relaxed. She would play but agin most of the time she was laying there sleeping.
I dont know about Langniappe or catlover but when my brittany is riding in the car on the seats with me. He plops right to sleep another trait I like about brittanys I cant stand it when dogs whine, bark, or fidget in the car.
hello...I have had experence with brittneys and gsp...i have fond memories of both breeds,,
topper was our brittney...smart as a whip.. house broke like a dream.. crated him self if i told him to go to bed,...he did chew a few of the left shoes only...and only my shoes...it was a trying few months getting past that time.. but he was wonderful..a well rounded dog..he hunted...although over wieght he didnt last as long as the gsp in the field...he was a wonderful dog to the kids and was fine to company coming over...he lived a good long time relatvaly healthy...he had growths and congestive heart failure...but he lived to be 12...i would recoment them to any one...they are a versital dog...not just a hunting dog...they are companion, great with kids, good watch dog..playful and loves walks a they are good with just a little obedience training too....they are great mid size dogs and i really love the breed...
Well we mostly only take the dogs in the vehicle when they are going hunting so they get really excited and don't really sit still.
Now if we take them and they know we aren't going hunting then they are nice and quiet.
My husbands aunt has one of our puppies. She will be two this year anyway she does good in the car.
I have seen a lot of people with Brittanys in the car and as the car is moving they are great. Once it stops and they are left inside then they get a little ansy, but they don't seem to distroy anything. They just want to see what is going on all around them. You know to see if there is anything out there they should be pointing at.