You may be surprised to find out that the Poodle is the most popularly crossbred dog in the world. This is for two specific reasons. The first is that they are hypoallergenic. When breeders came up with the Labradoodle, they wanted a guide dog for people with allergies. The other reason is the Poodle’s good temperament.
Because this is such a popular dog to crossbreed, we have the Brittany Poodle, which is a cross between a Brittany Spaniel and a Poodle. The Brittany Poodle, also known as the Brittnepoo, was bred to get the best of both of its parents and has turned out to be a wonderful breed. This is an energetic dog and a terrific companion. Let’s learn all about the Brittnepoo!
The Brittany Poodle takes many of its traits from its Brittany parent. Their faces have a great deal of Brittany in them, from the square nose to the round head. The most noticeable Poodle trait in the Brittnepoo is their posture and the curly coat of hair, though the hair will be less curly than that of a Poodle, typically medium length and wavy. The coats could come in several different colors: orange, black, white, silver, or brown. The color of the dog’s skin also affects the coat. Most of the time, the Brittnepoo will be more than one color, usually three different colors. Brittnepoos range from 14 to 20 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds.
Having two smart parents normally means that the child ends up smart as well, and with Brittnepoos, that is usually the case. This is a highly sought-after breed in part because of how intelligent they are. Of course, smarts directly relates to training, and this is an easy dog to teach, especially when young.
Not only are they smart, but they are also obedient. This is true for the parent breeds as well. Both Poodles and Brittany Spaniels are known as two of the most obedient dog breeds in the world. This trait certainly carries down to the crossbreed. Because of their intelligence and obedience, Brittnepoos are among the easiest to train dogs.
They are also really nice dogs! They love people and other animals. While you can trust this breed to be well behaved in most circumstances, you will still want to keep them on a leash while walking them, as they haven’t quite kicked the hunting instinct and easily get distracted if they think that there is a situation they need to scope out.
Training this dog requires kindness and consistency. They respond well to compliments. Brittnepoos will probably never learn to speak a human language, but they still love it when you talk to them!
These dogs are energetic, so you want to make sure you have plenty of time to play with your pup! As long as they are socialized early, dog parks are wonderful for Brittnepoos, as they get along with other dogs and pets well. After a good day of playing, the Brittnepoo will want to snuggle up next to you. They are not lap-dog style cuddlers like some other dog breeds, but they love head rubs and belly scratches.
Health Care and Common Health Issues
When properly cared for, Brittnepoos can live up to 15 years. Routine visits to your vet, regular exercise, and a proper diet are ways to make sure that your dog will live healthily and happily.
The Brittnepoo, like so many other breeds, are susceptible to hip dysplasia, as well as myriad other things. Knowing what the warning signs look like are crucial, but more important are regular visits to the vet. Common health issues to look for in a Brittnepoo are: hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, and insulinoma, otherwise known as pancreatic cancer. It is recommended that you take your dog to the vet at least twice a year.
When it comes to grooming your pet, you’ll want to bathe them, clip their nails, and brush their teeth regularly. While the Brittnepoo has a medium-length coat of hair, they surprisingly don’t shed too much, so you won’t have to worry about having dog hair all over your home. You still want to brush them regularly, though. This detangles the hair and helps spread natural oils across the skin, which promotes good skin and fur health. If your Brittnepoo has more Poodle-like hair, you’ll want to keep it cut short to prevent matting and tangling.
The Brittnepoo is an active dog and will require a good amount of nutrition. While you may be tempted to share any and all food with your dog, there are specific human foods that this breed cannot have, including: tomatoes, onions, milk, grapes and raisins, chocolate, caffeine, and candy. Poodles and Spaniels seem to grow best when they have a healthy dose of fish in their diet. As far as dog foods, there is nothing limiting about the Brittnepoo’s diet. Some people prefer a grain-free diet for their dog, but the scientific jury is still out on that one. We recommend consulting your vet to pick out the perfect food for your pet.
Where Do They Come From?
While it isn’t clear exactly when the Brittnepoo came to be, we can glean a bit of information about the parent breeds.
Behind the Brittany: An Origin Story
The Brittany was first recognized in France, but that isn’t where it came from. The exact origin isn’t quite known, but the speculation is that English gentry would travel to a land named Brittany with a litany of dogs during the hunting season. After hunting, they would leave their dogs with the locals. They would come back a year later, and gradually, the dogs started to change. Eventually, we had the Brittany Spaniel.
As mentioned, the Brittany Spaniel was first recognized in France, at the 1896 Paris Exhibition. The first recognized club for Brittanys was formed in 1907. The breed would make landfall in America in 1928 and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1928.
While there have been many reclassifications of the name — the word “Spaniel” keeps getting dropped and added back on— the breed is wildly popular in America and around the world. This is no surprise, as these dogs are snuggly and positively adorable.
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Poodles of the Past
A common misconception is that the Poodle is also French, but actually, the Poodle originally hails from Germany. Had they been used as herding dogs, our idea of a German Shepherd could be quite different today.
Another misconception people have about Poodles is that they are dogs for the rich and are a pampered breed. In reality, these dogs were bred to be working dogs. The name comes from the German phrase, “Pudelhund,” which translates almost directly to “splash-about dog.” The dog was bred to go fetch a hunter’s kill, normally in water, which is where the name comes from. Another clue to their purpose is their curly coat of hair, which is perfect for swimming, as the curls offer wonderful protection against frigid waters.
While a hardworking breed in Germany, Poodles didn’t gain a reputation until they were officially recognized as a breed by France. They found their way to America in the late 1800s by way of traveling performers and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. In the 1950s, their popularity spiked to where it remains today. The Poodle is one of the most sought-after and popular breeds of dogs in America.
My Final Thoughts on the Brittany Poodle Mix
Between these two rock-star cuties, it’s easy to see how a crossbreed would be so awesome. If you are looking for a well-mannered, loyal dog, look no further than the Brittnepoo. As long as you treat them with love, they will do the same for you.
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