A compact, closely knit dog of medium size, a leggy dog having the appearance, as well as the agility, of a great ground coverer. Strong, vigorous, energetic and quick of movement. Ruggedness, without clumsiness, is a characteristic of the breed. He can be tailless or has a tail docked to approximately four inches.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia or eye diseases. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Brittanys are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Brittany can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.