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The Epagneul Breton is an excited hunter in the field, tenaciously finding, pointing, and retrieving game in all types of terrain and environments. In the home, they are calm and sociable, making them desirable companions for all ages. With proper care and exercise, they are adaptable, easily trained, and get along well with other animals.

Also known as the "French Brittany," the

Epagneul Breton originated in the central

region of Brittany in France. It is one of

the oldest spaniel-type dogs and the

smallest of the pointing breeds. Its body

is compact, often described as "cobby"

or square. The coat is slightly wavy with

feathering on the legs.  

Acceptable colors are white and orange,

white and black, white and liver, and

tricolored. The dog is energetic and

endurant, able to hunt vigorously

alongside bigger sporting breeds. It is close-working in a hunting style, instinctively

quartering in the field and finding birds that long-ranging dogs often miss.

The Epagneul Breton was first brought to North America in the 1930s and 1940s. Through selective breeding, the "American Brittany" evolved as a taller, faster, more strong-willed version of its ancestors, also eliminating the black color in the coat.  


A complete listing of breed characteristics can be found on the United Kennel Club (UKC) website.

This article can be found on the CEB US website.

Pictured below are the color varieties in the French Brittany breed.  There are also examples of sable and mismarked tricolors.

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White and Orange - Clear

White and Orange - Roan


White and Black - Clear

White and Black - Roan

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White and Liver - Clear

White and Liver - Roan

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Black Tri color - Clear

Black Tri color - Roan

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Liver Tri color - Clear

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Liver Tri color - Roan

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Mismarked Tri 

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