Friday, May 1, 2015

Breed of the Day- The Brittany Spaniel!

Howling Hill Dog Boarding has been lucky to host a very adorable and sweet hearted breed.  The Brittany Spaniel.  We just love the long wavy coat and bright orange spots our visitors have had- although we have fun referring to them as red hair and freckles!  Let me introduce you to Dottie and Errol.  They both first visited in the Summer of 2014 and made quite a lasting impression with their gentle affection to the humans and their feisty playfulness with their doggie pals!











Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Brittany Spaniels!

The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or setter. Brittanys
were developed in the Brittany province of France between the 17th and 19th centuries, becoming officially recognized early in the 20th.

Appearance

A Brittany is typically quite athletic, compact, energetic, and solidly built without being heavy. Their heads are of average size with floppy ears, expressions usually of intelligence, vigour, and alertness, and gait elastic, long, and free. The breed's coat color is varied: orange and white coat or liver and white are most common in the American Brittany; other colors include orange roan and liver roan, all of which are acceptable in the show ring. The American Brittany Standard specifies an acceptable tri-color of liver, orange, and white with very specific color placement. Some Brittany's are rarely born with naturally short tails ,and others with long tails which become docked to a length of 3–10 centimeters (1.2–3.9 in)


Temperament

The Brittany was originally bred as a hunting dog and noted for being easy to train and sweet-natured.  Brittanys can become very shy if not thoroughly socialized at a young age, and even among well-socialized dogs there is significant variation in levels of friendliness.  When well socialized, Brittanys are all around sound dogs, excelling as companions, family pets, field dogs. Eager to please and friendly, they generally learn quickly and are loyal and attached to their owners. They are energetic dogs.



We will be happy to host these two sweeties again soon, and hopefully get to meet some other freckle  faced Brittanys in the future!  Hope you enjoyed reading about this wonderful breed!