Brittany dogs are an extremely athletic and active breed of dog. They were bred for bird hunting and I have seen that aptitude in every Brittany I’ve walked. They make great running, hiking, or biking partners. Unlike other breeds, I have never had a Brittany stop walking on me, or even want to take a break. In fact, the longer the walk or run, the better! As a result of this breed’s high activity levels, be aware that this breed desperately needs its outdoor time every day. Brittanys are best suited to a large yard or owners who run or ride bicycle. Young Brittanys might get into mischief, such as digging or chewing, if they aren’t exercised enough. But as they mature, Brittanys are eager to please and adore their owners and anyone else who is willing to get them the attention they crave. When purchasing a Brittany, consider looking for one that has been bred for “calmness.” A Brittany with calm characteristics can be harder to find, but is well worth it! The Brittanys I am familiar with have not done particularly well off leash. As is typical of hunting dogs, they tend to roam far from their person while off leash, but they won’t get lost or run off; they just prefer to check out ALL their surroundings, dashing off to smell all the smells and then running back to check in. Brittanys are naturally drawn to squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Like a pointer, the ones I’ve walked will freeze and “point” before they suddenly dart off in pursuit. (This gives the walker fore-warning to hold tight to the leash!) Brittanys may be hard to leash-train as they want to run and explore the world around them, but I have found success with the Easy Walk harness and a retractable leash. (I know retractable leashes can be a problem, but the Brittany I walk is friendly and has been well trained to stay out of the street so the retractable leash isn’t as dangerous for him, but offers him the opportunity to explore his surroundings as he likes.) The Brittanys I have experience with are well-socialized and do great with other dogs. A trainer has even recommended them for therapy work with aggressive dogs because they remain so calm. Similarly, they have been very intuned to the emotions of the people around them, and seem like they would make amazing in a hospital setting - well, as long as they manage to have some of that calmness. The Brittany I work with most is extremely easy to please and is able to practice self-restraint, calming himself and napping when walks have been in short supply. Also, Brittanys do very well in a crate/kennel, and can be kenneled when the owner is away.