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About Brittanys


 
Selecting a dog is a very personal choice and you must find a breed that suits your personality, lifestyle, and family.

Brittanys can make excellent family dogs and have many outstanding qualities, but they can be considered “high maintenance.” They require personal attention daily, good training and discipline. Most are still bred as hunting dogs so many of their behaviors and traits reflect that. If these qualities appeal to you, then you would probably make a good Brittany person. Before making that decision, though, you must be fully informed about the needs of this special breed.

 

Brittanys are generally very good eaters, but you should watch how much they eat, so they do not get fat (average weight is 35-45 lbs.).

If they must be left alone for longer periods of time, like when you are at work, they should have a few good toys to keep them occupied and entertained.

Crate training is highly recommended both for aiding in housebreaking and safe traveling if necessary. Crate training also makes overnight vet stays less frightening for your pet.

 

Brittanys coat is fairly easy to care for. If your dog is strictly a pet, a good brushing with a brush once or twice a week is sufficient. This pulls dead hair from the coat and ensures your dog is free of parasites such as fleas or ticks. If you do this regularly, you will never need to take your Brittany to the groomer.

Something that is often overlooked in dog care is clipping the nails. Long nails can ruin a dog's feet because the longer they get the more danger there is of one being snagged and torn off. Unlike humans, dogs carry many nerve endings in their nails and this can be extremely painful. You should consult your vet for proper instruction on clipping your dog’s nails. As for bathing, this need only be done when a good brushing will not do the trick. Any basic dog shampoo is fine for this.

 

You should consult your vet for proper instruction on clipping your dog’s nails. As for bathing, this need only be done when a good brushing will not do the trick. Any basic dog shampoo is fine for this.

 

Brittanys do require attention every day. These are dogs that are very attached to “their” people and fully expect to receive as much attention as any other family member.

 

In fact, the only generalization that can be made about Brittanys is that you cannot make generalizations about this breed.

Brittanys usually live 12-14 years, so anyone considering this breed needs to be prepared to make that kind of commitment, particularly because they require plenty of daily attention throughout their lives.

 

Puppy or
adult dog?

While puppies are cute and cuddly, house-breaking and chewing everything in sight are phases that not everyone is prepared to work through. After the puppy stage they become more docile which is especially important if you have younger children.

 

Brittanys are a very special and unique breed. They are not for everyone. They can make excellent family dogs and have many outstanding qualities, but they can be considered “high maintenance.” They require personal attention daily, good training and discipline. Some of their most positive attributes are their medium size, wash-and-wear coat and cheerful, intelligent disposition that makes them an ideal companion for any individual or family. Brittanys also make excellent hunting dogs. Most get along well with other dogs and many excel in the challenges of different types of competition and hunting.
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