Named after the French province in which it originated, the Brittany (also known as the American Brittany, the Brittany Pointer, the Brittany Wiegref and the Epagneul Breton) was first registered by the American Kennel Club as the Brittany Spaniel in 1934. However, given its manner of hunting, it belongs to be associated with pointing breeds rather than spaniels and is a member of the AKC’s Sporting Group. Brittanys are intelligent, sensitive and high-energy animals famous for their skills as all-around working gun dogs. Their compact size, amiable disposition, loyalty and wash-and-wear coat also make them excellent family pets.
The Brittany should stand from 17½ to 20½ inches at the highest point of the shoulder. Any deviation from this height range is a disqualification. They typically weigh between 30 and 40 pounds. The Brittany’s coat should be dense, flat or wavy but never curly. Their legs should have moderate feathering, with less always being preferred over more. Acceptable colors are orange-and-white and liver-and-white, either with roaning and ticking or in a clean piebald pattern. Black is unacceptable under the American standard and tri-coloration is not preferred. Their tails may be naturally short or docked.