The breed started life in an area of France called Callac. In the village of Callac itself, there stands a statue of a French Cob horse, on which the Brittany is reputed to be based.
French Cob horse
Brittany model dog
photo by Guy Bagshaw
It was such a popular combination of dog that by 1900, the animals produced from planned matings had become more or less typified. The Brittany has a very strong nose, is an excellent hunter, and can sometimes be spectacular in pointing game, since it works the ground at a great speed, and may suddenly stop or leap on to point.
The first French Champion in the breed was a liver and white dog named MAX DE CALLAC. Another outstanding dog in France was SKA DE SAINT TUGEN (a black based tri-colour), himself a Grand Champion and Grand Trialler, and also sire, grand-sire and great-grand-sire of many champions and triallers. SKA was the epitome of the Callac horse, being well ribbed, short-coupled, well muscled, and having great presence. Many British bred dogs are related to him.
The breed is becoming increasingly popular in this country, particularly with those sportsmen interested in rough shooting and falconry in its various forms. It is a very stylish dog in field trials, and three Field Trial Champions have been made up since 1982. It is also popular in the show ring and the Kennel Club granted Challenge Certificate Status in 1997. There are now also a number of Show Champions and Full Champions as well as teh highest accolade – Dual Champions – dogs which are both a Field Trial Champion and a Full Champion or a Show Champion.
There are now two Dual Champions – mother and daughter
Dual Champion Tournesol Toutou at Bryantscroft
Dual Champion Tournesol Destinee at Bryantscroft
Click on the model below left to see the ideal proportions