Illustration of Brittany

In France the breed carries the name Epagneul Breton – the Brittany Spaniel- and was founded on a breed of spaniel found in Northern France known locally as 'Le Fougere'. To this foundation was added some English Setter and Pointer blood to give scenting and pointing qualities and the result was the Brittany – a short backed, cobby dog capable of flushing, pointing and retrieving – a true HPR breed. For this reason the nomenclature was changed and the word 'spaniel' was dropped.

The breed is often, but not always naturally bob tailed and for this reason the first breed club in France, when founded in 1907, carried the title The Short Tailed Brittany Club.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


  • Bobtail

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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