The name “Brittany” is taken from a region in northwestern France. Images of Brittanys were first seen on tapestries and paintings from the 17th century. These images depicted orange and white dogs hunting and retrieving game. The first written and verifiable record of Brittanys comes from a hunting description written by Reverend Davies in 1850. Davies described hunting with small “bobtailed” dogs who were pointed and were excellent retrievers. It was around the same time that the modern Brittany is rumored to have been bred by mating 2 types of English sporting dogs. First shown at the Paris Dog Show in 1900, the brittany had already been known in europe for centuries. The Brittany was first recognized as a breed in 1907 when an orange and white male named “Boy” was registered in France. As a result, the first standards were outlined in the same year. America first recognized the Brittany in 1931 and the breed was approved by the American Kennel Club in 1934. In 1982 the “Spaniel” was officially dropped from the name and the breed became simply known as “Brittany.” A Brittany is typically quite athletic, compact,energetic,and solidly built without being heavy. Other characteristics include long legs, and their expressions are usually of intelligence, vigour, and alertness. Their gait is elastic, long, and free.They are also very quick to learn Some Brittanys are born with naturally short tails and others with long tails. If born with a long tail it is normally docked to a length of 3 to 10 centimetres (1 to 4 inches). Brittanys come in a variety of colours, where an orange and white coat or liver and white are most common in the American Brittany; other colours include orange roan and liver roan, all of which are acceptable in the show ring. The American Brittany Standard does specify an acceptable tri-colour of liver, orange, and white with very specific color placement which is also acceptable in the show ring. Data refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittany_(dog) Brittany Dog Breed Club Data American Brittany Club – Official website of the AKC recognized parent club. Regional club contacts, event schedule, coverage of national shows and trials, membership information. Badger Brittany Club – Wisconsin based club featuring news, membership information, upcoming event dates. Greater Milwaukee Brittany Club – Wisconsin regional club with information on club events and membership. Heart of Illinois Brittany Club – Regional club in the Midwest, hosting field trials and dog shows. Indian Nations Brittany Club – Membership information, dates of meetings and club events, photos of members’ dogs, classified ads. Located in Oklahoma. LaSalle Brittany Club – Details and results of club field trials, hunt tests, shows and other events; membership information and breeder/stud dog directory. Links to information on competing with a Brittany. Michigan Brittany Club – Includes information on members’ dogs, club news, and membership information. Northern California Brittany Club – Holds yearly field trials, hunt tests, specialty shows and fun days open to all Brittany fanciers. Website offers breed information, event schedule, membership options. Northern Nevada Brittany Club – Discusses club events, field trials, hunt tests, specialty shows, and ownership. Northern Virginia Brittany Club – Event and membership information, breed description, contacts for club officers and event chairs. San Diego Brittany Club – Holding field trials, hunt tests, shows, and events for members. Breed information, breeder and rescue referral available. The Brittany Club of Great Britain – Breed information, training help and contacts, recent events and news, and photos of champions. Includes re-homing centre, shows list, field trials list. West Texas Brittany Club – A club for enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the breed. Holds two field trials a year under AKC rules. Brownwood, Texas.
Brittany Dog Breed