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Old 07-07-2019, 07:42 AM
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UPDATE: We found our puppy. See post #35
UPDATE: She's home


Girlfriend and I are going to get another dog in the near future. We have been doing some dog sitting off of the Rover app for a few months now. Usually the dogs are staying for long weekends up to a week at a time. It’s been great all the way around for all sorts of different reasons. We currently have a 7 year old Beagle and she has had an extra pep in her step when some of the dogs have been around and she has a buddy.

Of the breeds we have had, our top 2 favorites have been the Labradoodle and this Brittany. The Brittany just seems to check all the boxes except for the shedding, which we can deal with. At least this particular one does. She has been with us for a week and I’m dreading her owner coming to pick her up today.

We want medium size, agile enough to go on runs with her, good with kids since that’s definitely in the future plans and have friends with toddlers over frequently. This one just turns off when she’s inside, so affectionate and gentle. And I want something that likes the boat and water a lot more than the beagle does.

How does your Brittany fit those things?

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:05 AM
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Wife and I have narrowed our search to the same two breads and a colleague of mine just got his 3rd Brittany.

Great minds and good luck sir

ps. I'm pushing for the Brittany
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:08 AM
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I have always had labs but have friends who through the years have had brittanies. They are very sweet but they have lots of energy, much like labs. Like any dog, put them in a crate when you're not around or they will destroy your house, especially when they are young.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Wavehight View Post
I have always had labs but have friends who through the years have had brittanies. They are very sweet but they have lots of energy, much like labs. Like any dog, put them in a crate when you're not around or they will destroy your house, especially when they are young.
Like any dog....hmmm. my lab mix that I found in the woods hiking along Fontana Lake in the Smokies must not be any dog. She is the best behaved dog I have ever had and does not get locked in a crate.

​​​​​I have had cocker spaniels and they are nippy. I don't know if the Springer is like that.
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No experience with a Brittany, but sis n law has 5 of them. I’ve got a Boykin that I love. Only breed I’ve ever had (there has been one in our family 90% of the time I’ve been alive).
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Big fan of ours.. she’ll be 5 in December. First 1-2 years are a handful, settled down after that. We don’t hunt her, no formal training except us. Good on and off leash, not a big water fan. She likes to RUN. We do 2-3 2 miles walks a day plus she runs next to me while i ride my bike. She’s a bit stubborn but sweet as can be. She’ll lay right next to you all day, or be next to you at the beach. We’re in our late 20’s and live in an apartment. Got her from a great breeder in lake wales Florida. PM me for Any more info!
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:28 AM
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A Portuguese Water Dog fits your criteria and doesn’t shed. We love ours.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SmokyMtnGrady View Post
Like any dog....hmmm. my lab mix that I found in the woods hiking along Fontana Lake in the Smokies must not be any dog. She is the best behaved dog I have ever had and does not get locked in a crate.

​​​​​I have had cocker spaniels and they are nippy. I don't know if the Springer is like that.
Yeah we have two hounds and the roam the house when we're not home. No issues.

Crates are fine for puppies or house breaking a dog, but dogs don't belong in crates.
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I had a Britt for 13 years before my current Lab (10 yo). The Britt was dumb as a door and wrote the book on wandering. I loved him dearly but he was all instinct and no brain. Had a neighbor who had two Britts and they were very much the same. High strung and ready to bolt at a moment's notice.

My Lab is smart as a whip, and if I let him outside unsupervised he'd be sitting at the door waiting for me to let him in within 5 minutes.

My Lab's orientation is "How can I please you and be with you?"

My Britt's orientation was "What do you have for me and what are you going to do for me?"
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:23 AM
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We had one and it was a good dog, except that it had a primal need to follow it's nose, and the fence we had wasn't high enough. Seems that their homing instinct isn't all that strong, either.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:45 AM
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I always had labs. This beagle was a compromise for me from a previous life and the first dog I’ve had that wasn’t a lab. Girlfriend had a Visla in her previous life. So yeah we’re not too concerned with having a higher energy dog that needs exercise. We’re 30 and 29 and active. Been there and a tired dog makes for a good house dog.

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Old 07-07-2019, 01:27 PM
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We are on our fourth Brittany. They make great family members as long as they get some exercise when they are younger. Here is a great source for information on the breed.

https://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org/

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Had a Brittany for almost 14 years. Very smart. They need lots of exercise.. Was contained in an underground electric fence at 2 houses. Big yards both. Was a killer. Killed squirrels, rabbits and a cat if he could ever catch one. They do shed. My current dog is a mixed hound dog. He stinks all the time. Even 2 days after a bath. Smart dog also. Both liked riding in the boat and running on the beach.
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After we were married, our first major purchase was a Female Brit puppy. Unbelievable dog - we hunted quail, pheasant, dove, and waterfowl through graduate school, then when we moved to Tennessee. Very soft mouth, eager to please, easy to train. She was absolutely solid on quail and pheasants, and was a good swimmer after ducks. When I took her dove hunting, she hated how the feathers came out, so she would find them, and let me know where they were. She died when kidneys failed around age 12, and my eyes tear up every time I think about her. Then had back-to-back Chessies. After the second Chessie died, my wife decided I needed a companion to fish, so we got a rescue Brit, this one a male. Gun shy, which is why I am sure he was turned in. He is a goofball, now between 12 and 13. Loves the boat, and is calm. Damn, I love them, but a Chessie is fabulous if you have the room and time.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SmokyMtnGrady View Post

​​​​​I have had cocker spaniels and they are nippy. I don't know if the Springer is like that.
I had a crocker and she loved every person in the world but watch her around children. I got more bend overs for her then I can remember.

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I had a pair and bred one litter. My adult female was a really good bird dog. She was always under control and always stayed perfect distance from me. She never bit or got possesive. She was arealy small dog but had the stamina to hunt all day no mateer how thick the briars. My male was the crazies SOB i ever owned. He would get loose and run away for 18 -24 hours before he returned to eat. He was big and powerfull probably twice the wheight of my female. He found every pheasant in the gamelands just like my female but he would be hundreds of yards away from me pissing off all the other hunters. Pups were awsome but the one male whos life a followed because a relative took him turned out to be as nuts as his dad. I always want to meet both parents when I get a pup.

My smartest and best hunting dog ever was my German Shorthair female.

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We love our Boykins. Very similar to the Brittany
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:31 PM
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My brother has a Brittany, it isa high energy, neurotic dog. It may be due to how my brother raised him, but I would never get one based on my experience with this dog.

On on the other hand, we have a cocker spaniel and she is the most laid back loving dog. She’s great around our 3 grandsons (11, 4 and 9 months) and is definitely not nippy.

IMO A lot lot depends on the dogs parents and how the owners raise the dog.
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I'm on my second American Water Spaniel. Excellent breed, natural hunter, great with people but they let you know if someones snooping around. Medium size , 35 lbs female, 45 male.

Boykin Spaniel is another I would consider. Looks like a smaller version of an AWS. Also a natural hunter.
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Uncle had a brittany but it was mixed with another breed. All short hair so maybe a lab. Great dog. Loved guns, hunting, and everything on the farm. Lived till 14 and was hard seeing him go.

When we stayed over he would wake one of us up to let him out to pee at night. Nicest dog in the world up till another Male dog tried to get on his porch. I would absolutely own one if I had land.
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