The Brittany (or Brittany Spaniel, as the breed used to be called) was named for the French province in which they originated. Records of the Brittany date back to paintings and tapestries done in the 17th century, which depict these tried and true gun dogs alongside their hunting masters.
Today, the Brittany is equally well-known for her hunting abilities and her excellence in the show ring. The Brittany is the ultimate hunting dog, working well in the thick brush as well as pointing and retrieving like a champion. If hunting is not your bag, the Brittany will serve as a faithful companion to every member of your family.
Brittanys are energetic, yet kind and gentle, making them ideal playmates for children (providing there is adequate adult supervision). Daily exercise is required, but in general this breed is low maintenance. Their brown and white (or liver and white) coats need only an occasional brushing.
Despite their gentle nature, Brittanys are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Brittanys are prone to include eye problems such as glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy; joint problems such as hip dysplasia; and neurological conditions such as epilepsy and cerebellar abiotrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Brittany inherits her mom’s bad eyes or her dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.