Brittany Bourbonnais

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Brittany Bourbonnais History

The Brittany is a medium size gundog developed in France. The origin of this hybrid is unclear, but the ancestors of the Brittany are believed to have crossed a sporting type of spaniel with a pointing type of retriever. The Brittany is descended from the Pointer and Spaniel, and is thought to have originated sometime in the 1500s. The Breton, as it is sometimes called, was recognized by the French Kennel Club in 1865. The Breton was a very popular hunting dog for France, but during World War II, 75% of the breeding stock was killed.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

France, United Kingdom

Brittany Bourbonnais Physical Characteristics

The Brittany Bourbonnais is a small, medium-large breed that typically stands between 13 and 16.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 65 pounds. They have a compact, sturdy body with a slightly elongated head. The Brittany has a straight, dense, muscular, and silky, flat, and wiry double coat. Their coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, roan, brindle, wheaten, tri-color, parti-colored, and merle. The Brittany has large, almond-shaped eyes, and a medium-length muzzle, with a nose that is long and wide. The male has a V-shaped dewlap and the female has a rounded dewlap. The tail is long, and it reaches at least to the hock joint. The ears are long, and they are pendant (hanging forward). The teeth of these dogs are V-shaped. The legs are straight.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brindle, White, Brown, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 22 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 22 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 26 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 26 – 40 lbs

Brittany Bourbonnais Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Brittany Bourbonnais Health Concerns

Skin Allergies, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation), Patellar Luxation, Pulmonic Stenosis, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Cerebellar Abiotrophy

Brittany Bourbonnais Temperament and Behaviour

The Brittany is a high energy, agile and muscular hunting retriever. They are very active and athletic, and love to play with owners and other dogs. They are courageous, and make great hunters and watchdogs. They are intelligent, but can sometimes be stubborn and headstrong.

Brittany Bourbonnais Activity Requirements

The Brittany is a medium-sized, hardy sporting dog that originated in France and is today a popular hunting companion. This hardworking, intelligent breed is naturally athletic and enjoys swimming, running, and jumping. The Brittany is a very active and energetic dog. They require about an hour of vigorous exercise and mental stimulation a day, preferably in the form of a brisk outing. Because this breed is prone to boredom, they are best suited to homes with a fenced-in yard where they can continue their outdoor activities. If you are thinking about adding a Brittany to your family, be sure to consider their exercise needs and provide them with adequate opportunities to get moving. They will not thrive in a home where they aren’t allowed to spend plenty of time outside.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Brittany Bourbonnais is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Brittany Bourbonnais is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Brittany Bourbonnais is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Brittany Bourbonnais is part of the Unclassified group.

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