Brittany Health

Brittany Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 15 – 18kg (33 – 40lbs).
Female – 15 – 18kg (33 – 40lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 48 – 51cm (19 – 20in).
Female – 47 – 50cm (18 – 19.5in).

Coat:
Fine, flat, medium length coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
6 – 8 puppies.

Brittany Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
There are relatively few Brittany Spaniel health issues for owners to worry about, but it is also wise to be on the lookout for specific signs and symptoms.  One condition that some may suffer from is epilepsy.  It is essentially the same problem as in humans, with the same symptoms.  You will probably not be aware that your dog has epilepsy until the tell-tale seizures take place; these cannot be controlled and may also result in a loss of consciousness.  Before and after your dog experiences a seizure they may appear confused, dazed and unaware of where they are.  The most likely treatment plan will be medication in an attempt to reduce the frequency and intensity of the seizures.  However, treating this Brittany Spaniel health issue can lead to obesity so always make sure your dog has regular weight checks.

Other Brittany Spaniel health issues can include elbow and hip dysplasia.  Elbow dysplasia occurs when the joint forms abnormally, causing it to degenerate over time.  It can cause severe pain and discomfort to your dog if it reaches a certain stage, and they may be unable to put pressure on the joint if it is particularly bad.  An obvious sign will be your Brittany holding their leg off the floor in an attempt to ease the pain.  Surgery is the usual treatment option for this problem.  Hip dysplasia is a very similar condition, just affecting a different joint.  Again, the area will not form properly and put pressure on the joint.  Surgery is the only option for these Brittany Spaniel health issues and due care needs to be taken afterwards.

Another of the possible Brittany Spaniel health issues is hypothyroidism, a reduction of the thyroid hormone in the body that reduces the metabolic rate.  This can lead to a wide range of varying problems including a dry coat, lethargy and weight gain.  A dose of medication is usually the preferred treatment option so you should see your vet as soon as you can.  Some within this breed have been known to suffer from eye conditions, which can vary in cause, symptoms and treatment.  You should always check the area frequently and any sign of Brittany Spaniel health issues should be reported to your vet immediately.

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