A Brittany standing outside in a park.

If you search online for “hunting dog painting,” chances are, it’s going to feature a Brittany. These photogenic bird dogs have been the subject of countless paintings since the breed originated sometime around the 17th century. And their popularity in fields and homes continues today.

The versatility of the Brittany has made them popular hunting partners for hundreds of years, but they’re also devoted family dogs who love spending time with their humans. They’re not overly big dogs, typically maxing out at 40 pounds, which makes this outdoor-loving breed well suited to couch life as well. But that’s only after they’ve exhausted all of their energy — and they have a lot of that!

Lazing around an apartment is not going to be a Brittany’s favorite thing to do. Ideally they should have access to a large, fenced yard that they can run around and explore in, but even that is not going to be enough to satisfy their exercise needs. They will need plenty of actual exercise each day, like a loooong walk or an ample run with their favorite running buddy. Activities like flyball, agility, tracking or dock-diving are fun ways for them to exercise. Their high exercise needs make Brittanys great for active families who love taking their dog on outdoor adventures with them.

Brittanys are very social and want to be friends with everyone, including cats if they’re introduced the correct way — although their strong prey drive may still have them chasing your cat around the house occasionally. Their prey drive is also why it’s important to start training them as a puppy and why it’s a good idea to keep them on a leash whenever they’re not in a fenced area. You never know when they’ll get a whiff of something interesting in the air and run off to investigate!

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An interior graphic detailing three quick facts about Brittanys.

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