The Brittany is a mid-sized dog originally developed for hunting in the French province that gives the breed its name. Adults weigh around 40 pounds (18 kg) and are characterized by a silky white to grey coat with orange to black spots. Brittanies are highly trainable, and are known for their instinct to “point” game; they are also loving family pets, though they require a lot of attention and exercise.
Should You Purchase Insurance for Your Brittany?
These are for the most part healthy dogs, usually living 12 to 15 years. They are nevertheless prone to a few health problems:
- Canine Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE): This disease occurs when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the dog’s own skin, and can be triggered by exposure to UV light. Symptoms include loss of pigmentation and ulceration of the lips, nose, genitals and ears. A biopsy is required to distinguish DLE from other skin conditions; treatment involves administration of topical ointments and oral drugs.
- Canine Epilepsy: this disease of the nervous system causes tremors and seizures. Diagnosis can be confirmed by electroencephalography (EEG), MRI and/or CT scans. Various drugs, and even surgery, may allow an affected dog to live a fairly normal life.
- Hip Dysplasia: thesedogs may inherit a condition where the hipbone fails to fit correctly into the pelvis. Over time, wear and tear can cause these joints to become inflamed, resulting in pain and restricted movement. The condition can often be reversed with surgery. Owners are urged to ask breeders for confirmation that the hips of the parents are not affected, though this does not guarantee that puppies will not develop dysplasia.
Many congenital disorders in Brittanies are detectable in puppies, and good breeders will provide pedigrees for the puppies they raise. Still, these and similar medical issues may arise during a dog’s lifetime, and all dogs face additional problems as they age. Many owners find that the right pet health insurance plan offers predictability and security when it comes to taking care of their dogs.