Brittany spaniels are noted gun dogs, performing hunting duties well, how do they fare as a family pet?
There are two types of Brittany spaniel: the American and the French Brittany. These are smaller gun dogs that often weigh in the 30 to 40 pound range. Gun Dog magazine described them as “drama queens”
in training, as they tend to over-react and to have emotional outbursts when a behavior is required of them.
This can translate to training in the home, where the dog will object to discipline, which can be a hassle when it comes to learning house rules.
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These dogs are intelligent as well as sensitive, and once they realize the rules will not hurt, they will fall into step. The key is going slow with them, the magazine said.
For the most part, the Brittany is a gentle house dog that barks at the doorbell and sits quietly on the couch during television time.
As a hunting dog, the Brittany is packed with energy. They love to run, jump, and play, and are rarely mean.
Brittanys make great bird-hunting and are a versatile breed that makes an excellent family companion. They are considered mid-sized sporting dogs and live 10 to 13 years, on average, according to Dogtime.com
Because of their size, the Brittany adapts well to small quarters, such as an apartment. These gun dogs, even though they have high energy in the field, calm right down in a home setting. They also are good with other household pets.
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Brittanys tolerate cold temperatures well, but do not like the heat.
The Brittany is a good dog for a novice owner because of its easy-going nature. However, Dogtime.com rates the Brittany as a moderately sensitive dog, which may not be good for loud, assertive owners, high-entertaining homes, or households with a bevy of loud, young kids, even though these dogs tend to be gentle with children.
This breed also can suffer from separation anxiety. Brittany spaniels do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.
They are fairly healthy dogs with few inbred problems.
As high-energy dogs, Brittany spaniels do require a bit of exercise. If they don’t get the exercise they need, a Brittany will become obese and useless in the field. They also tend to take out their pent-up energy by chewing things at home.
For someone willing to spend time with and properly train and exercise a Brittany, this dog may be a great choice for a gun dog and family pet.
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