French Brittany Spaniel Hunting Dogs and Puppies for sale
The breed was originally imported into America in the 1930’s. Since then, but especially in the last 30-40 years, the brittany in America evolved into a type differing from the French brittany in both appearance and manner of working in the field due to breeding selections. The Epagneul Breton, also known in the U.S. as the “French Brittany”, is a close working gun-range dog, with a fantastic nose and uncanny bird sense, who is quick and fiercely intelligent and is a combination of sweet disposition and reckless courage used for hunting all varieties of upland game birds. The Breton is a dog that is at home in the field and in your chair. They are very loving, people-friendly dogs that crave human companionship and therefore thrives best when included in a family atmosphere. They are an easy train due to their intelligence, natural hunting ability and instincts. Heavy-handed tactics should be avoided as it can cause them to simply shut down. They are energetic and playful yet not hyperactive. They will hunt a full day in the field with zest and yet lay peacefully by your chair in the home. While they are commonly known as a “close-working” dog, their range will vary in relation to the density of cover and the availability of game. In heavy cover they may be working a few yards away while in open cover they may range out too 100 yards or so, in either instance checking back with his master during the search. The Epagneul Breton can be orange and white, liver and white, black and white or tri-color. They may be piebald or roan. They have the darker colored noses and eye color that gives them what is known as that “warm spaniel” look. In France they refer to their breed as “the smallest of the pointing dogs but the best!
The original dogs imported into the United States were orange and white dogs, and it was decided early on to breed only orange/white and liver/white colored dogs in this country. Selection and breeding in order to produce dogs that could compete in a manner required by the style of U.S. field trials affected the type as well. Thus the two types over the last 70+ years have evolved into different dogs...different styles of covering ground and different in looks, size and coloration.
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