Brittany and British Shorthair

A week has gone by and it is time for a new dog and cat breed discussion.

This week my dog choice is the wonderful Brittany.

If this does not sound familiar, it is because back in 1982 the AKC dropped the word “spaniel” off the breed, which had been known as the Brittany Spaniel.

In my mind it still is that name, but for the sake of true recognition, I will refer to this wonderful dog as the “Brittany.”

The Brittany originated in France and is considered a hunting or gun dog.

This breed goes back more than a thousand years, it was recognized in the art world during the 17th century and literature gave the breed a boost during the 19th century.

The Brittany is a medium sized dog that resembles a Welsh Springer Spaniel, which is no surprise as they share many of the same ancestors.

This dog is a true blue hunter.

It is a water and land dog. The Brittany has a keen sense of smell, they point, retrieve and will hold its prey.

This dog was born to run and hunt.

The Brittany loves people and can be trained not to hunt, however the love of birds, rabbits and other things may require a bit of doing.

It is a dog that requires an active family. A family that loves the outdoors, as the Brittany is a high energy dog that requires mental and physical stimulation.

Its first love is hunting and left to its own devices will do just that, hunting anything that comes along.

Brittanys like children, children that are over the age of 4 years, as the dogs are active and playful, younger children might get knocked over and hurt.

Though the Brittany is an active dog, it has a gentle side, too, some Brittany’s think they are lap dogs, while others are satisfied to be told they are wonderful while accepting treats.

They are curious, enthusiastic, very agile and eager learners.

A Brittany will live to be about 13 to 15 years of age, are relatively healthy dogs, need minimal grooming, and their coat color is either orange and white or liver colored and white.

They are generally good with other dogs. Cats and smaller animals (especially birds) can be questionable, as they are true hunters and the instinct to hunt can never be erased.

Overall, a Brittany will make a great pet, as they are loving and loyal, all you have to understand is that they need activity and mental stimulation.

The British Shorthair

My cat of the week is the British Shorthair.

If you are looking for a cat that is social, reserved, calm and has a sense of humor the British Shorthair is the cat for you.

This cat is very confident, very smart, loving and loyal. The British Shorthair is not what you would consider a lap cat, but it loves being in the same room with you, curled up next to you or lying at your feet.

Many people think that this breed is stuffy and does not like to play, but they are very wrong, British Shorthairs love to play. However, it is their decision as to whether or not what you want them to play with is worth the effort.

This cat originated in England and was actually a very friendly street cat.

In 1871 a gentleman by the name of Harrison Weir organized the first known cat show. Mr. Weir had decided at that time, cats needed some credibility other than being known as good mouse catchers.

Believe it or not the first cat show was made up basically of “street” cats.

The British Shorthair is an ideal house cat. They love being in the house and are good with children and other pets.

They are a medium to large sized cat that looks very strong and powerful. They also have a very round appearance and due to the shape of their whiskers they look like they are smiling.

The true British Shorthair is gray in color (considered blue), here in the United States they have been bred to come in may other colors.

Their fur is thick and feels very soft to the touch. They apparently have more fur per square inch than any other cat, which may explain why they are not lap cats. Imagine with your body heat and with their fur, sitting on your lap would be like sitting on a furnace to them.

The British Shorthair is easy to care for, with a once a week combing using a metal or sharp toothed comb. The breed is generally very healthy.

Occasionally a kitten might turn up with a heart problem or a feline polycystic kidney disease, so always ask about your cat’s history. Reputable breeders will never sell a sick kitten.

If you are looking for a great house cat that enjoys children and other pets and is very adaptable to its surroundings the British Shorthair is for you.