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The Purebred French Brittany

Information and Pictures

A black French Brittany Spaniel is laying in front of a couch. Its front left paw is over top of a plush toy with its mouth on the back side of the doll

"This is my three-year-old French Brittney Spaniel Miska. He is a very energetic dog and loves to play. His favourite things in the world are his stuffed squeaky toys. He is the greatest dog we could ask for."

Other Names
  • Le Fougueux
  • Epagneul Breton
  • French Brittany Spaniel

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The French Brittany is very similar to the American Brittany. Some main differences between the two breeds are their style of hunting; they have stronger hunting instincts thanks to their English counterpart. Temperament and conformation are also somewhat different. Make sure the French Brittany sees humans as above him in the pack order. Proper canine to human communication is essential.

Height, Weight

Height: 17 - 21 inches (43 - 53 cm)
Weight: 30 - 40 pounds (14 - 18 kg)

Health Problems


Living Conditions

The Brittany is not recommended for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do best with acreage. This breed is resistant to cold and damp conditions.


French Brittanys are enthusiastic, active bird dogs. They love to exercise and have great stamina. They need extensive exercise and do best with an active outdoor person or hunter. They need to be taken on daily walks or jogs where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 14 years

Litter Size

About 5 to 8 puppies


Regular brushing twice a week of the medium-length, flat coat is really all that is needed to keep it in good condition. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. It is generally a low-maintenance dog. Check the ears carefully, especially when the dog has been out in rough or brushy terrain. This breed is a light shedder.





  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
A tan and white dog wih spots and a soft wavy coat laying down inside a house on top of a striped rug with a smaller dog in the background

Molly the French Brittany Spaniel at 17 years old

Close up of a little brown and white ticked dog laying curled up in a ball with a red polka-a-dot shirt over its back. The dog has brown almond shaped eyes and a black nose.

Maddie the French Brittany as a puppy—"Molly and Maddie were both from Plum Creek Kennels and live in Michigan. They are bird hunting dogs and reside in our house. They get along well with our Shih Tzu and teenage children. At 14 Molly remains healthy, despite some early cataracts. Molly would never abide crate training, likely because we did not know how to train her. Maddie does well in the crate and needs to be kept there when no one is home as she is still a puppy. Molly was easy to potty train, but the harsh Michigan winter made training difficult for Maddie. Both pointed at a very young age."

Close up head shot - the front view of the face of a reddish-brown dog with brown eyes, a brown nose and brown lips with soft looking ears that hang down to the sides jumped up in front of the person taking the picture.

Maddie the French Brittany as a puppy

A person holding a medium sized brown with white ticked dog out on a deck in a back yard. The dog has a long muzzle with a dark brown nose, brown eyes and soft ears that hang down to the sides.

Maddie the French Brittany as a puppy at 6 months old

A black, tan and white ticked French Brittany Spaniel puppy is sitting in a garden on top of a wooden railroad tie

"French Brittany female puppy named Josie loves to hunt and swim. Started pointing the first day we had her. Very quick learner; almost seems she understands what you’re saying. Loves to go for rides in the car, boat and 4-wheeler."

Side view - A black with white ticked French Brittany Spaniel is standing in a field with snow

Lady Truffles Du Plum Creek the French Brittany

A black with white ticked French Brittany Spaniel is standing in a field and pointing to the right

Lady Truffles Du Plum Creek the French Brittany hunting in the feild

Close Up head shot - A black and white photo of a French Brittany Spaniel looking to the left.

Jake the French Brittany—"This pic shows the breed's intelligence and alertness."

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