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Brittany, tell me about them. #15069393 07/21/20
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Not in the market for a dog yet but tossing around the idea of raising one more companion from a pup between retirement and the end of my journey here. Have raised three Labs from pups and love them but as I get older was thinking of something a little bit smaller without getting into ankle biters.

Brittany looks like it might be a good choice from what I've read - intelligent, medium sized, generally healthy, moderate to light shedder and not a drooler AFAIK - my lab Ranger the First would leave puddles in the summer. They are energetic and need exercise but that is one reason for getting one, it would prompt me to get off my butt and take long walks and throw a ball around or something. A Border Collie is a close second but not sure I want a dog who's smarter than me. wink

So, open to any comments you want to make about them - am I on the right track, are there any gotchas with the breed, whatever.


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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15069407 07/21/20
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I love Brittanys. I have had two of my own, and have hunted with them since 1974. They are good family dogs and not too big. They do need exercise, though. No gotchas that I know of. I got my last Britt (now deceased) from a retired urologist dog breeder, also now deceased. He was a brilliant man, so if he thought the breed was good, I'm not going to say different. My last dog came from him, and she was a wonderful dog. She was a good watchdog and companion and a terrific hunter.

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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15075892 07/23/20
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It is hard not to like a Brittany IMHO. A buddy of mine has one and she is a great dog. High energy and loves everyone. She is mainly a pet, but she does retrieve a few doves every year.

Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15076105 07/23/20
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I have had 4 brittanies. Great dogs. I will have more. Very easy to train. They are very much people pleasers so don’t be heavy handed. Good with kids too, not so much with cats.

Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15076622 07/24/20
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I've been thinking about getting a Brittany too. I've only had pointers which were all excellent hunters but my last one was a horse back trial reject and almost broke me because she was just too much of a runner. My roommate in college had two Britts that were really nice to hunt with.

I've noticed Brittany pups cost a lot more than pointers and I see a lot of them look like "show dogs" so it makes concerned how well they will hunt. Do you guys have a recommendation on where to get one for hunting? I've been looking for one that has NSTRA wins in its pedigree.



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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15076659 07/24/20
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What everyone else said. Britts are great dogs, they will hunt and they will be the family pet for the rest of the year. Very affable personalities, easy to live with. Not overly intelligent, so they won't challenge a casual dog owner. Best bet by far for a hunter/family dog.


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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15077002 07/24/20
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Though I'm very partial to the breed, but you live in close proximity to probably the most well know pudelpointer breeder in the US...

Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15077008 07/24/20
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Great dogs, great hunters, and the perfect size.

Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15077643 07/24/20
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Don't cheat yourself. Forget the Brittany and get yourself a real one, French Brittany! As for breeder Plum Creek would be my first choice. Might want to get a deposit in now.


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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15077761 07/24/20
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The best grouse and all around dog I've ever had was a mostly liver colored brit.
We could hunt duck in the AM, then grouse all day, then duck in the PM.
If there was a bird in the woods, he would find it and he would actually point and hold grouse.
If they wild flushed, he would stand there and face the way they flushed.
If they flushed into a tree, he would sit and look up at them.
Never trained him to do that, but he did it.
He was tall enough to get around in the snow and small enough(45 lbs) to carry around, unlike my lab.
Like any dog, you need to get one from hunting stock and put your time into them.
As was mentioned, they are gentle and don't take kindly to a firm hand.
They are great family and house dogs too.
I had a friend that loved my brits attitude, so he bought one from the next litter for a house dog.
Never hunted a day in it's life, but it would point robins and small birds by his bird feeder all the time.
Go for it.


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Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15078032 07/24/20
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I'm in the same boat as Jim in Idaho.

I have a 14 y/o lab and he will be my last Lab.... I got my selection prosses down to two breeds... Pudelpointer or Springer.

As I search for a dog I see an awful lot of really good Brittany litters.... and I want to know if a Brittany would work better or not.... I am mostly a grouse hunter but will not pass up a good wood duck hole if I find one.

I mostly train my dogs by hunting the living crap out of them.... Other than that, I let them be dogs. So I need a natural born bird dog..... Like a beagle comes out of the box knowing to chase bunnies... I need a bird dog to come out of the box knowing how to hunt grouse..... I don't know if a springer will check that box.... and I hunt in wolf country, and a long ranging pudlepointer will for sure get picked off before too long. I know this because I have seen my Lab come close twice that I know of...

I don't care the cost... I don't care the color... I don't care the breed... If my next dog lives to be 14... I'll be 70 y/o when he goes... just enough time left for one more after that.

Oh, and Jim.... that thing you say about Border collies.... no kidding.... I always said.... If Border collies had opposing thumbs... we would be hearding sheep for them....


If a good dog will last 15 years.... and a pick up will last you 10 years... then, by my math... I'm only good for three more trucks and two more dogs before I'm done.
Re: Brittany, tell me about them. [Re: Jim in Idaho] #15079697 07/25/20
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A Brittany has great ability to follow ground scent. I never lost a cripple quail while running a Brit. They do not follow air borne scent trails as well as an English Pointer. While not quite the quail hunting machine that a pointer is, they are versatile. Mine would point quail, as well as retrieve doves and ducks.
They are great family dogs and do well inside the house. They are much "softer" than a pointer. You can't treat them "harshly" during training.

Many look like "show dogs" because the breed is known for producing dual champions in both AKC and field trials. If you want one for hunting get it from hunting stock. If both parents are good hunters the pups will be too. I ran a Brit and a pointer in the quail fields, they were a great combination. Strengths and weaknesses of each breed complimented the other.


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Originally Posted by Whiptail
I've noticed Brittany pups cost a lot more than pointers and I see a lot of them look like "show dogs" so it makes concerned how well they will hunt. Do you guys have a recommendation on where to get one for hunting? I've been looking for one that has NSTRA wins in its pedigree.


Brittany‘s have won more combined field trial and show dog awards than any other breed.

They’re a great dog. High energy, yes, but able to dial it down in the house. Will hunt till you quit. Mine was friendly with everyone but thought the sun rose and set on me.

If you have a local chapter of NAVHDA, ask them about a Brittany breeder.


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