Brittany spaniel

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Brittany spaniel,

breed of medium-sized sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 whose origins may be traced back hundreds of years to France and Spain. It stands about 19 in. (48.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 30 and 40 lb (13.6–18.1 kg). Its dense, flat or wavy coat is dark orange and white or liver and white. Many Brittany spaniels are born tailless or very short-tailed, and a tail that is more than 4 in. (10.2 cm) long is docked to that length. Although it is a "leggy" spaniel, it has a compact body—its height at its shoulder often equals its body length. The Brittany is a first-rate hunter and may easily be trained to retrieve, both on land and water. It is the only spaniel that points its quarry. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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True, a Brittany spaniel who serves as Eugene's Safety Education Dog, is missing.
Though many folks still call them Brittany spaniels, the official name is now simply Brittany.
The first French breed recognition was in 1907, but it wasn't until 1934, the year I was born, that the American Kennel Club recognized the Brittany spaniel as a distinct breed.
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My Brittany spaniel has been pointing a good number of woodcock for me the past couple of weeks.
Kleiza of Oxford took his 8-month-old Brittany spaniel, Scarlett, into the woods for the first time last October.
"Our family history is with pointers, and I've got to say Brittany spaniels are my favorite.