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Brittany

Tags: Sporting, Adaptable to apartment life, Kid-friendly, Protective guardian, Requires firm, dedicated training

We trace our line back to the Middle Ages and the Chien d'Oysel, a French breed trained for netting game birds. As hunting practices changed in the 19th Century English Setters, Pointers and Springer Spaniels that hunted in France were brought into the mix. Lately we're the second most popular dog in France and the most popular French dog abroad. The Brittany was recognized by the AKC in 1934, as a bird dog and companion, and placed in the Sporting Group.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with ample exercise
  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than boredom
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Even-tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Hardy hunter
  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Lives to work
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Perfect protector
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to the country, tolerates town
  • Training must be firm, patient, consistent

What to expect

No game birds to chase and you don't want me harassing the backyard kind? Then please get me involved in some active canine sports. An agile dog might like Agility trials -- see, you're getting the idea already.

Watch for

Tendency toward ear infections; possible retinal detachment.

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