The Brittany is a medium-sized, versatile hunting breed with a cheerful attitude that originated in the French Province of Brittany. Records of its development as a breed have been lost but its close resemblance to the Welsh Springer Spaniel hints at a shared lineage. Their prowess as hunters may have been improved upon by matings with English pointing dogs around 1900. In fact, the descriptor of “Spaniel” was dropped from their name because their hunting style more closely resembles that of the pointing breeds. Brittanys are also popular as companions, due to their cheerful, willing attitudes but still need vigorous daily exercise to satisfy their need for physical activity and mental stimulation. Their shorter coats need regular brushing but are otherwise low maintenance.