The Brittany is a compact, closely knit dog of medium size, between 30 and 40 pounds, and from 17-1/2 to 20-1/2 inches at the shoulder. He is a leggy dog that can cover ground with agility. He is strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement.
His small size makes him easy to carry in a car. His short tail, which can be either natural or docked, is an asset. He has enough coat to protect him from briars but not enough to catch burrs to any great extent. He can be either orange and white or liver and white, in either clear or roan patterns.
He gains admirers from his excellent working ability. He works in the same manner as a pointer, but without the extreme range. He points and holds his game, and retrieves both on land and from water. He is used primarily on upland game in the United States, but is used both on fur and feather in France.
He is noted for an exceptionally keen nose and a biddable disposition. Many of the country's top dogs have been house pets as well as field winners and fine hunting dogs. The Brittany is a high-energy dog who is bred to hunt. He does need lots of exercise or opportunities to hunt to keep him happy.
He has a typical friendly disposition and is very willing to please his master. He may be expected to absorb training more easily than some of the other pointing breeds, needing only a sharp scolding or slight punishment. The natural ability of the Brittany sells him as a breed to many neophytes in the field as he seems to know what to do better than his master.
The Purpose and Objective of The Greater Indianapolis Brittany Club is to promote cooperation and friendship among the breeders and owners of Brittanys. We encourage the highest standards in breeding, training, and competing in the field and the show. We strive to keep the Brittany from splitting into "field" and "show" types, but to keep it a true "dual dog".
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