The Brittany is a compact, closely knit dog of medium size,. He is a leggy dog that can cover ground with agility. He is strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement. He can be either orange and white, or liver and white, with clear or roan patterns. He is not a heavily coated dog, but is lightly fringed.. He points and holds his game. He retrieves both on land and in water. He is used primarily on upland game in the United States, but is used on both fur and feather in France. He has a typical friendly disposition and is very willing to please his master. The natural ability of the Brittany sells him as a breed to many for hunting as he seems to know better what to do than his master. His exceptional nose, guarantees that he will pass up few birds.
The Brittany dog history is a wonderful cultivation of the desire and effort to have the perfect bird dog, hunting dog, gun dog and show Brittany. Since the mid 19th century this was known as the Breton peasant's hunting dog, in the isolated northwest French province of Brittany. The Brittany is regarded as the smallest of the versatile gun dogs. This breed is believed to have been developed from a cross between an English Setter and a small French land spaniel. The Brittany was first exhibited in the Paris dog show in 1900, their reputation in the field soon spread among sportsmen around the world. This breed was first imported to this continent in the 1920's. The Brittany was recognized by AKC in 1934. The breed was originaly registered as "Brittany Spaniel" but the spaniel portion of the name was droped in September 1982. The Brittany has the greatest record of producing Dual Champions in the World.