Are you looking for a dog that enjoys life and is highly enthusiastic about all the things he does with you?
Whether we are talking about playing in the backyard with your kids, or a serious bird hunt or even a nice exhausting day in the outdoors, the dog you are looking for should look forward to all of this, right?
This hunting dog is characterized by some as hyperactive, but we believe that mostly depends on your activity levels and interests.
Whatever the case, this breed will most likely be the perfect pet for your active family lifestyle.
But, in order to make sure the Brittany is a match made in heaven for you, there are a few things you should check first.
This is the main reason why we wrote this guide, to save you the research time and to help you with your final choice.
In this guide, you will learn the important facts that are associated with this breed and have a much better insight into what to expect with a Brittany.
But, before we take an in-depth look into what makes this breed so special, let’s first see what questions you need to ask before you decide to buy a Brittany puppy.
Brittany Puppies – Before You Buy…
Sure, Brittany puppies are adorable and you could cuddle with them the entire day. But, do you know for certain if they love cuddling?
Or, do you know what price tag to expect, or how to find a reputable Brittany breeder? Keep reading to get the answers to these more-than-you-think important questions.
What price are Brittany puppies?
For a healthy Brittany puppy that comes with high-quality parent genes, you will need to cash out from $700 to $800.
And, considering that this price range is for puppies that come from reputable breeders, not puppy mills, we truly believe that this isn’t an expensive breed.
And, considering that you will get an intelligent dog that simply enjoys life with every step, we might even say that it’s a bargain.
How to find reputable Brittany breeders?
When looking for a Brittany puppy that comes with great health and doesn’t carry any possible issue inherited from parents, the most important thing you need to do is find a reputable breeder that stands behind his dogs.
Puppy mills and backyard breeders should be avoided at all costs because you never know what you are getting into.
The pup might seem healthy at first, but without health clearances for both of its parents, you will have no idea of what and if you should expect a health issue to appear as the dog grows up.
Serious breeders will already know the answers to all your breed-related questions and provide all the necessary permits and health clearance documentation for both parents, which will give you peace of mind when it comes to the quality of your dog and its health status in the future.
3 Little-known facts about Brittany puppies
You might know a few things about the breed in general, but most facts that can be found online are for Brittanys that are already full grown.
What about what to expect while they are still pups? Here are some little-known facts about the Brittany puppies, which you will find useful if you do decide to have this breed as your pet.
- Destructive little furballs
While they are pups, Brittanies can get destructive. But, that negative side can even continue when they grow up if they are not properly mentally and physically challenged.
So, to avoid this, you’re your puppy in a crate in the beginning and introduce training and exercise as soon as possible so that it stays occupied and worn out.
- They are sensitive
Brittany pups don’t like it when they are treated harshly. They get easily offended and stop responding to training.
To avoid such situations, keep a positive attitude during the training, encourage your puppy, and be gentle yet firm and consistent so that it realizes that you are the Alpha in his pack.
- They don’t like being alone
Brittany pups hate being alone for long periods. So, while they are still pups, they should always have company.
If there’s no one to keep your puppy company while you work, you might even consider getting another one so that they keep each other busy and not busy with your furniture.
Physical Traits of the Brittany
Now that we have the breeder search and some less known facts covered, it’s time to see what makes this breed your perfect dog choice.
First, let’s see how big these dogs actually get when they are all grown up.
How big is a full-grown Brittany?
When it comes to size, Brittany is a medium-sized dog.
For a full-grown with perfect health, you can expect the height to reach no more than 20-21 inches, while their weight, assuming that the dog has a proper diet and regular exercise, goes from 30 to 40 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Brittany?
Brittanies are healthy dogs in general, and with a high-quality diet and proper exercise, the life expectancy goes from 12 to 14 years.
Though, they can live longer if they have a perfect genetic heritage, and are taken care of properly.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Brittany
Brittany is a dog that is both alert and happy at the same time.
Just as a pointing breed should be, these dogs independent and curious, yet, they “fall in love” with their owners and want nothing but to please them any chance they get.
However, when it comes to birds, they tend to forget everything around them and engage in the chase.
But, don’t worry because when they aren’t chasing bids around, they actually love spending time with their owners, especially if we are talking about outdoor adventures.
Also, they are not just about being energized and running. This is an exceptionally intelligent breed and mental challenges, combined with exercise, is something they will want every single day.
As for training, the same goes as when they are pups – they can get easily offended and you need to have a gentle and consistent approach.
Their temperament depends on many factors, such as, for example, socialization, the quality of training, and what they inherited from their parents.
However, if you get a puppy that already has nice manners, know that it will be playful and curious and that it will gladly approach people and play with them.
To make sure that you do get such an exemplary puppy when choosing from the litter, make sure you take the one that is either looking at you and waving his tail, or the one sitting in the middle playing with itself.
You should avoid puppies that are harassing their siblings or the ones that are laying in the corner scared.
In order to socialize your puppy right from the start so that it doesn’t flip out every time he hears a new sound or sees a new person or an animal, early socialization is a must.
To make it easier for your puppy, we recommend puppy kindergarten classes.
Also, having people over at your home and taking your Brittany to parks where there are plenty of other dogs and people, will drastically help him in becoming a well-mannered dog.
Your dog should have a high-quality dog food diet. You can use commercial or homemade food, as long as the latter is approved by your dog’s vet. And, the diet should be age-appropriate.
There are cases where Brittanys had issues with having too much weight, so keeping an eye on your dog’s calorie intake is recommendable.
Also, you can use treats during the training, but keep in mind that they can cause your dog to have obesity problems, which can be followed by a series of other health issues.
As for the actual amount of food your dog should eat daily, one and a half or two cups of dog food should be quite enough, and it should be split into two meals.
How much Exercise does a Brittany need?
As we mentioned earlier, Brittany is a dog with hunting DNA and plenty of energy, which means it needs plenty of exercise, daily.
An hour and a half or two-hour walk, twice a day, will do wonders for your dog, especially if you take him out on hiking adventures in the great outdoors.
Brittanys also love activities that challenge both his body and mind, and field trials, or dog agility events are perfect energy spenders and intelligent developers.
Also, you will have fun at such an event and get a chance to talk with other Brittany owners and get some useful tips.
Brittany Health and Conditions
This breed is considered to be of good health in general.
However, there are certain health conditions that your dog might have inherited from its parents, and that is why it is important to ask the breeder you bought your puppy from to show you health clearances for both the puppy and its parents.
And speaking of health clearances, these are the ones you should pay attention to because these are the issues this breed can suffer from.
- OFA – Tested and cleared for elbow and hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and hypothyroidism
- CERF and Auburn University for thrombophilia – Eye exam and certification of a normal sight
To be on the safe side and not fear that some of these health issues do happen, you can check the health clearances on the official OFA website, and have a piece of mind and enjoy the life with your loyal companion.
My final thoughts on the Brittany
With the health clearance OFA website verifications, we have reached the end of our extensive Brittany guide.
Let’s brush up on the most important facts just to make sure we covered everything.
Living with a Brittany will never be boring! This dog is agile, smart, and training comes relatively easy for them.
If you consider your home as active, and you have a spare room (okay, not a room actually, but a corner in the house) for another active member of the family, Brittany could be your ideal pet choice.
This medium-sized dog comes with very little health and temperament issues, loves physical activities, and is family-oriented.
Also, if hunting is your sport, Brittany will prove that she can be an excellent companion for this sport because that is what her ancestors were meant to do.
However, we can assure you that this is not a lazy dog that will sit in a corner of the house and watch TV the whole day.
On the contrary, these dogs are well known for being overachievers, and daily exercises that will get their hearts pumping and blood flowing is something you should have in mind before welcoming them to your home.
So, unless you can provide regular physical and mental challenges, and make Brittany a true member of your pack, you should consider opting for a different, more couch-potato type of a breed.
Okay, now it’s your turn to share some thoughts. Do you already own a Brittany?
Would you care to share some of your experiences with this breed with our readers who are still having second thoughts about this amazing breed?
If so, feel free to leave a comment in our comments section, where you can also ask questions if you have any.
Thanks for reading our Brittany guide!
- Brittany Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Brittany
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Brittany
- Brittany Diet
- Brittany Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Brittany