The French Brittany Spaniel is a medium-sized hunting Spaniel that was originally developed in France at some point prior to 1850, although they were not recognized as a distinct breed until much later. They were developed to be all around hunting dogs, with hunting skills that included tracking, pointing, and retrieving. They have a friendly and happy disposition and make excellent family pets as well as exceptional close range trackers and hunters for gamebirds of all sorts.
French Brittany Spaniels were developed from pointers and spaniels in the Brittany region of France to track and retrieve various game birds and waterfowl for hunters, a job for which they are well-suited. In order to retrieve the waterfowl that was shot down by the hunters, these little dogs needed to be both willing to go into the water and they needed to be strong swimmers. Even if your particular canine companion is not destined to be a gun dog, they are likely to enjoy the water and swimming provides a great way to improve strength, stamina, and cardiovascular health without stressing their joints.
While this breed makes an excellent family companion, they are often used as working dogs too. They are an excellent all-around hunting spaniel who can track, point, flush and retrieve. There are several games you can play with your French Brittany Spaniel to help prepare them for the art of retrieving waterfowl from ponds and lakes. These games and activities can provide your dog with mental stimulation and entertainment as well as being utilized to improve your dog’s hunting and retrieving skills. These games are generally enjoyable for canines of any ages and are frequently employed to help prepare pups that may still be too young to hunt.
Our dogs have a much better sense of smell than we do, the olfactory senses of the average dog are typically around forty times more sensitive than that of the average human being, and dogs that were developed with the goal to be able to track their prey tend to have even more sensitive noses than average. The French Brittany Spaniel was developed with this goal in mind, and they are known for their air tracking, making them excellent candidates for scent work, both in controlled, competitive environments and when taking your dog hunting. This activity is not only useful as a means to provide mental stimulation, exercise, and training for hunting season, in some cases it can be used during search and rescue efforts as well.
Active dogs like the French Brittany Spaniel that enjoy swimming may also enjoy the sport of dock diving, in which dogs compete to make the longest jump into a long straight pool of water.
These dogs are typically quite easy to train and are likely to enjoy and possibly even excel at the active and dynamic dog sport known as agility training.
The French Brittany breed is a friendly and energetic breed of dog that loves to work closely with their chosen humans and needs an outlet for their considerable energy. They are well-suited to both tracking exercises and water sports as well as being excellent pointers and retrievers in the field when hunting game birds of all sorts.