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President Henry Wierzbicki
1st Vice President Paul Arcand
2nd Vice President Leslie Hunt
3rd Vice President Kristina Wittchen
Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Fleury
Director Don Bristol
Director Bob Fleury
Director Russ Davidson

COMMITTEE CHAIRS & SUPPORT STAFF
Field Trial Bill Gorman
Walking Trial Bob Fleury
Hunt Test Laura Davidson
Newsletter Dawn Hill
Show Dawn Hill
Website Don Bristol

ABOUT THE BRITTANY BREED

The Brittany first appeared in the United States in the 1940s. Since that time, he has become one of America’s most popular hunting dogs and companion. With this interest there is a healthy curiosity about the Brittany, his ability and activities.

This is an attempt to answer many of the questions about the breed in a basic manner.

The Brittany is a compact, closely knit dog of medium size, between 30 to 40 pounds, and from 17-1/2 to 20-1/2 inches at the shoulder. He is a leggy dog that can cover ground with agility. He is strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement.

His small size makes him easy to carry in a car. His short tail, which can be either natural or docked, is an asset. He has enough coat to protect him from the briars but not enough to catch burrs to any great extent. He can be either orange and white, or liver and white, with either clear or roan patterns. He is not a heavily coated dog, but is lightly fringed.

He works in the same manner as a pointer, but without the great range. He points and holds his game. He retrieves both on land and in water. He is used primarily on upland game in the United States, but is used on both fur and feather in France.

He is noted for an exceptionally keen nose and a very biddable disposition. Many of the countries top dogs have been house pets as well as field winners and fine hunting dogs. The Brittany is a high-energy dog who is bred to hunt. He does need lots of exercise or opportunities to hunt to keep him happy.

He has a typical friendly disposition and is very willing to please his master. He may be expected to absorb training more easily than some of the other pointing breeds, needing only a sharp scolding or slight punishment. The natural ability of the Brittany sells him as a breed to many neophytes in the field of hunting as he seems to know better what to do than his master.

He gains his admirers from his excellent working ability. The Brittany, with his shorter range, is becoming more popular as hunting becomes limited to smaller fields with more fences. His exceptional nose, which guarantees that he will pass up few birds, also helps to account for his popularity.

THE DUAL BRITTANY

On April 28, 2006 a landmark for our breed was reached with our 500th Dual Champion Brittany. The Brittany has the most Dual Champions of the AKC Sporting Breeds, now numbering well over 600. To be named a Dual Champion, you must have a finished Show Champion and Field Champion of record.

The long history of the Dual Brittany has held strong through the years, with new Duals finishing at a steady pace, and Dual Champions continuing to win National Open, Amateur All Age and Gun Dog Championships (or winners of those stakes going on to become Duals). The breed saw its first two all-breed Best in Show winning Dual Champions in 2001. One Brittany has won both the National Field Championship and the National Specialty Show. Dual Champions have won the National Specialty show as recently as 2009, and the ABC Summer Specialty as recently as 2002.

Thank you to all the breeders, owners, trainers, handlers and supporters whose dedication to the Brittany has made this remarkable number of Dual Champions possible.


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