Brittany Spaniel

Other names: Brittany, Brittany Spaniel, Brittany Wiegref

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The Breton Spaniel is the smallest pointing dog and the first breed in this category to originate from France. It has a solid frame that contrasts with its natural elegance. He is particularly known for his expressive gaze and the vigor that he never loses. The Breton Spaniel is an admirable companion dog. In addition to his calm, calm character, he will delight his adoptive family with unfailing tenderness and his incredible loyalty. In addition, he turns out to be a very sporty dog, the perfect companion for long walks. He is blessed with very solid health and rarely needs maintenance.



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Hair type short
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 13 kg to 18 kg From 46 cm to 50 cm
Male From 13 kg to 18 kg From 47 cm to 51 cm
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History of the breed

The Breton Spaniel is, as its name suggests, originally from Brittany, more precisely from its center. If the official creation of the breed dates back to 1907, its history goes back much further. He descends from the dogs of Oysel and was the result of crosses between springers, pointers and setters. If he is considered a pointing dog, he is originally a hunting dog.

The Breton Spaniel has a characteristic of its own. It is sometimes born without a tail (anuran) or with a very short tail (brachyoure). The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed on November 19, 1954.

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Physical features

His hair : fine, without being silky, it is flattened or slightly wavy, but not curly.
Its color : generally white & black, white & orange or white & brown. Its dress can be tricolor or roan.
Its head : sports a rounded skull, a straight muzzle with almost parallel lateral sides.
His ears : set high, they are short, but wide and their mobility is constant when the dog is concentrated or in action.
Her eyes : expressive, oblique, matching the dress.
His body : tapered with clear shoulders. His chest is rather large and his back, straight.
Its tail : tied high, the tail should ideally measure 3 to 6 cm when cut. Individuals of this breed may be tailless at birth.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Breton Spaniel is a wonderful life companion. He is cheerful , athletic and tender . He will not hesitate to ask for hugs from his master, his family and even strangers, whom he will not reject. He is very loyal to his adoptive family and asks for presence as well as love in return. However, he shows no glue and will not seek caresses if he is aware of not being able to receive them. He likes to play with children , with whom he is immeasurably gentle. He appreciates the presence of congeners by his side.

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Very intelligent , the Breton Spaniel offers no difficulty in his education. He is very obedient by nature. Despite everything, his education must be taken as soon as possible to avoid some unfortunate drifts. Thus, this hunting dog par excellence must learn not to deviate from its trajectory (during walks) if it smells of game. He should also be gently educated as he is a very sensitive dog. Firmness must be required, otherwise his sometimes stubborn character could make his master see all the colors.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Brittany Spaniel is as sociable with children as it is with adults or other pets. It is not really suitable for apartment living. The Breton Spaniel needs to go out regularly to exercise. A garden in the city or large expanses in the countryside are beneficial to it. Do not forget that he is a hunter at heart and, as such, he must be able to take long walks.

However, he does not accept loneliness and needs to constantly have someone by his side, whether it is human presence or a fellow creature.


Ease of gaining weight

The Breton Spaniel is a robust dog that hardly knows any health problems . On the other hand, his ears must be watched, because the presence of foreign bodies irritates him and can cause infections.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 1 and 11 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Spinal atrophy
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out dog insurance for Brittany Spaniel .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Brittany Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Breton Spaniel is a very easy to maintain dog. First, it has the advantage of not having a smell that would disturb its owners. Then, it does not need anything to regain its cleanliness after getting dirty during a day of hunting.

He rarely needs a bath. Brushing can be done on a daily basis . For grooming, it is best to do it at home as salons are not experienced with this breed. 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a year, that is relatively little.

Eyes and ears should be checked weekly to make sure there is no sign of dirt or infection. Brushing your teeth regularly helps eliminate tartar buildup and the growth of bacteria. The nails should be trimmed regularly as well. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Brittany Spaniel is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1050 €
€ 1,100

The annual maintenance cost of a Brittany Spaniel is between € 1,050 and € 1,100.

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The Breton Spaniel’s diet must be drastic enough to avoid overweight. He must be in accordance with his daily sports practice and his energy expenditure. High quality kibble is often recommended for this dog who must benefit from an organism able to withstand long sports sessions. Its food must be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Breton Spaniel loves physical exercise . As a true born athlete , he needs to be taken out several times a day if he does not have a yard or a garden to roam free. It has the particularity, despite its small size, of being able to run for a very long time without getting too tired. Thus, the Breton Spaniel will flourish alongside its owner when he accompanies him on his hikes, joggins or bike rides.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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