It is generally accepted as having been developed around the turn of the last century by mating the Pointers and Setters of visiting English aristocracy with local French spaniels.
With the wide variety of colours in the English Pointers and different Setters the Brittany developed with a wide variation of coat colour.
The ‘home’ of this breed lies in Callac, Brittany.
A most versatile breed of dog, a member of the HPR (Hunt, Point, Retrieve) Sub-division of the Gundog group, it is, without any doubt, a hunting machine. Nothing gives this dog more pleasure than doing what comes naturally. Extremely popular with rough shooters and falconers it is blessed with tremendous stamina.
Genuine Brittany owners are proud that since the first imports and registrations in 1982 the Brittany has remained truly dual-purpose with no separate working strain that has appeared in other breeds.
Though a medium sized dog, they love life and live it in the fast lane. The Breed Standard calls for them to be full of life and exhuberance. A very intelligent dog, willing to learn and eager to please, and requires both mental and physical stimulation. Left on their own for long periods of time they will become delinquents, but as long as their exercise demands are met they are loving, extremely loyal and make ideal family companions. Do not be fooled by their size, as the French saying goes, ”Un maximum de qualities dans un volume minimum”- “Maximum qualities in a minimum size”.
Generally Brittanys are a robust breed with few specific health problems. Hip dysplasia has a breed average score of 17. There are no known eye problems. A few cases of slipping patellas and epilepsy were recorded mainly in the earlier years after the first imports. However there have been very few reported cases in recent years.