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Brittany Breed Standard AKC CKC American Brittany Spaniel
Not to be confused with the French Brittany Spaniel
(Brittany Spaniel) Breed Standard or for that matter breed standard of any
registered dog is critical for the preservation of the breed, as it was
intended for looks, skill, temperment and ability. Too many people (backyard
breeders and people that claim to be professional breeders) are not trying
to ensure the preservative of the breed as it was and is intended to be.
Kennel clubs, for example CKC and the AKC set forth breed standards. These
are detailed specifications on Brittany height, weight, colouring, tail
length, etc. If a Brittany
does not meet these breed standards it cannot compete in shows. Obviously not all people want to show their Brittany but the Brittany should conform to the standards. A breeder cannot "guarantee" that a Brittany puppy will be breed standard when it is full grown. Although, any responsible breeder will not breed
a Brittany that does not meet Breed Standard. Also, it is very important to be an informed person when deciding where to purchase your Brittany from. Do you want to pay a breeder that doesn't have much regard for the quality of their
Brittanys. Or would you rather choose a breeder that works, plans and researches the most qualified Brittanys for looks, ability, nose, etc. to become a part of the breeders breeding stock.
Do you want a purebred puppy or a poorly bred puppy?
The following is Brittany Breed
Standards as set out by the
|Frequently Asked Brittany Questions|
Size, Proportion, Substance
Neck, Topline, Body
Free from throatiness, though not a serious fault unless accompanied by
dewlaps, strong without giving the impression of being over muscled. Well
set into sloping shoulders. Never concave or ewe-necked.
blades should not protrude too much, not too wide apart, with perhaps
two thumbs' width between. Sloping and muscular. Blade and upper arm should
form nearly a ninety degree angle. Straight shoulders are a fault. At
the shoulders, the Brittany is slightly higher than at the rump.
Broad strong and muscular,
with powerful thighs and well bent stifles, giving the angulation necessary
for powerful drive.
Dense, flat or wavy, never
curly. Texture neither wiry nor silky. Ears should carry little fringe.
The front and hind legs should have some feathering, but too little is
definitely preferable to too much. Dogs with long or profuse feathering
or furnishings shall be so severely penalized as to effectively eliminate
them from competition.
Orange and white or liver and white in either clear or roan patterns. Some ticking is desirable. The orange or liver is found in the standard parti-color or piebald patterns. Washed out colors are not desirable. Tri-colors are allowed but not preferred. A tri-color is a liver and white dog with classic orange markings on eyebrows, muzzle and cheeks, inside the ears and under the tail, freckles on the lower legs are orange. Anything exceeding the limits of these markings shall be severely penalized. Black is a disqualification.
When at a trot the Brittany's hind foot should step into or beyond the print left by the front foot. Clean movement, coming and going, is very important, but most important is side gait, which is smooth, efficient and ground covering.
A happy, alert dog, neither mean nor shy.
Any Brittany measuring under
17½ inches or over 20½ inches
(This information was re-typed from the AKC web-site www.akc.org )
CKC - CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB
- BRITTANY BREED STANDARD
Asked Brittany Questions
Brittanys being of the Sporting Breed of dogs are energetic but not high strung or hyper, like a Jack Russell Terrier is. They should have daily exercise. They don't need to be taken for huge runs in the fields everyday. And no breed of dog should be allowed to run off leash until he is reliably trained for the "come" command. As with any breed of dogs I recommend a fenced in backyard. Then your Brittany can have outside puddlies, play and exercise time unsupervised in the safety of your yard when he's old enough. This will reduce the amount of time that you need to take your Brittany out for a run. Brittanys are not mean or aggressive by nature. They are people dogs. They are great with children and other dogs and family pets. They are very intelligent, easily trained and eager to please. Brittanys are not a one owner dog. They will listen to all family members and bond very well with everyone in the family. They are sensitive dogs and do not require a heavy hand in training. A Brittany is contented being a family member and not being a hunting buddy if that is what the family would like. Unlike a Beagle that is always looking for an opportunity to escape and go off hunting. They don't have a 'doggy' smell like some other breeds do. They only need to be bathed when they actually get dirty. A Brittany doesn't require excessive grooming. Their fur is relatively short, except for the leg and chest featherings. Also, even though they have fur they are not big shedders. I recommend brushing a Brittany once a week for 5 or ten minutes with a Slicker brush. The average life span of a Brittany is 12 to 14 years. I know of many Brittanys that have lived to 16 years old. If you feed your Brittany a high quality dog food, I only recommend Eukanuba Growth and TLC www.tlcpetfood.com, and keep the dog fit and do not let him get obese this will help to ensure your Brittany leads a full healthy long life. Brittanys are one of the healthier of the purebred breeds. Because of their structure, their bodies are as long as they are tall, they are not prone to hip and elbow dysplaysia. In my opinion all puppies should come with a written and signed guarantee against genetic defects. They are not genetically prone to any cancers, unlike the Retrievers now unfortunately are. A Brittany is not a common breed unlike the Labs, Retrievers and Beagles. That is part of the reason they are a healthier breed. Unfortunately as a breed becomes common the breed can deteriorate as backyard breeders and puppy mills think they can make easy money and quick sales on breeds of dogs that people want now. People need to spend the time researching which breed is best suited for their lifestyle and "never" buy a puppy from a pet store. As those dogs are never from reputable registered professional breeders. A Britt is generally an emotionally secure dog that does not have separation anxiety if he is left at home while you work. I do recommend crate training any breed of puppy until it's a least one year old at night and while you can't watch the dog. This makes housebreaking much easier. Also, it's much safer than the puppy being allowed full access to the house where he could get into trouble and chew electrical cords or get into chemicals. A Brittany doesn't chew more than the average breed of dog. It is important especially that a puppy always has his own chew toys. For example pressed rawhides, Kong toys, Nylabones to play with. There isn't a significant difference in male vs. female Brittanys. They are both between 30 and 40lbs as adults. Females usually being on the smaller side of that scale. Any intact male can smell a female dog in heat for a 2 mile radius. If you are not going to show, trial or test your dog I strongly recommend that your dog be spayed or neutered when it is 16 weeks old. This is better for the longevity of your dog. A dog cannot get testicular cancer or ovarian cancer if they don't have those parts. And, I do not advocate people breeding their dog just because they think "fifi" should have a litter. This is a myth and breeding dogs should be left up to the professionals that have the best interests of the breed at heart. And, that have the skills and resources to properly raise and place puppies. A Brittany is physically and emotionally mature by the time he reaches 1 1/2 years of age. Unlike, the Labs, Golden and Setters that aren't mature until they are about 3 years old. I hope that I have been helpful in answering your questions.