American brittany spaniel

Three fun facts about Brittany Spaniels

1. Brittany Spaniels are not actually spaniels

The American Kennel Club reclassified them in 1984 as just Brittanys, since they are pointing dogs and have less genetically in common with Spaniels, and more in common with Setters, which are pointing dogs.

2. French and American Brittanys have different jobs

Although both are traditionally gun dogs, French Brittanys are used for upland birds and rabbits whereas the American Brittanys are used for upland birds hunting exclusively.

3. A dog named Boy

The Brittany was first recognized as a breed in 1907 when an orange and white male named Boy was registered in France

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