Named for the French province where it originated around 1900, the Brittany may have been the result of crosses between native Brittany Spaniels and English pointing dogs. A fine hunter with a strong nose, the Brittany became popular in France, arriving in the U.S. in 1925. Equally suited for sport and companionship, the Brittany’s popularity has surged. Originally called the Brittany Spaniel, the “Spaniel” was dropped in 1982 because the breed’s hunting style is more like a Setter than a Spaniel.


Medium; 171/2 inches to 201/2 inches, 30 to 40 pounds.


Orange and white, liver and white (white can be clear or roan).


Alert, quick, and curious; loves to run and play. Independent but responsive, eager to please, affectionate. A good house pet if given mental and physical exercise.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Hunter, an active family in a suburban or rural home.


Abundant and daily exercise (runs, obedience), fenced yard, regular brushing once or twice a week.

Life expectancy:

12 to 13 years.