Some Brittanies are born with naturally short tails and others with long tails. If born with a long tail it is normally docked to a length of 3 to 10 centimetres (1 to 4 inches). In countries where docking is illegal long-tailed Brittanies should carry their tails level with the back or slightly lower.
Brittanies come in a variety of colours, where an orange and white coat is most common in the American Brittany. Other colours include liver and white, orange roan and liver roan, all of which are acceptable in the show ring. There is also tri-colour, which is acceptable in most countries except America, since black is a disqualification in their conformation events, this colour combination is much less common there but extremely common in the UK, and in France, the home country.
The breed was originally bred as a poaching dog and noted for being easy to train, sensitive, and sweet-natured. Properly raised Brittanies are sensitive and soft-hearted, with personalities that win. Brittanies are all around sound dogs, as they are excellent family pets as well as working dogs in the field. Most do not let a chance to give a kiss or the famous Brittany hug get away. The dogs are active and require frequent exercise and room to run, and a fenced yard is essential. As pets, Brittanies are first-rate companion dogs but they do need plenty of exercise. The Brittany makes a good house pet as long as it receives daily mental and physical exercise, as well as superb socialization on a regular basis. If not given sufficient exercise, love, and socialization, Brittanies can become house destructive or develop unnatural habits unrepresentative of the breed. Brittany are best when with their own kind, as energy is used up in a positive manner. Although intelligent, male Brittanies contain a more happy-go-lucky personality and are easily persuaded, while females use their intelligence to gain something and can be quite tricky. All in all, Brittanies are a popular family and companion pet, while still maintaining their original purpose as a fur and feather hunting companion.
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To Adopt an Animal; Katy, 3, is a Brittany spaniel mix. She is energetic and loves to go on walks. Vera is an adult domestic shorthair. She is sweet and loves people. Both are available for adoption at the Fauquier SPCA and can be seen at www.fauquierspca.com.
Apr 06, 2006; The Fauquier SPCA is at 9350 Rogues Rd., Casanova. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays,...