As a Falconer’s dog, a Brittany will hunt all game; hare, pheasant, partridge, woodcock, grouse, or snipe, as well as rabbits. The dog will then point staunchly until commanded to flush, then drop or sit, awaiting its next command, which will depend on the hawk killing or missing. If the hawk misses, the dog hunts on to find more quarry.
A good dog will get a hawk’s undivided attention as the hawk quickly realises that the dog is the source of its success. Some falconers also shoot, which gives the Brittany the chance to practise its other skill – retrieving. There is no problem when the dog subsequently works with the hawk again.
The main advantage a Brittany has over the other HPR’s is its ability and determination to work and flush in extreme cover, such as thick gorse or bramble. Its smaller size enables it to go where others fear to tread.
A good Brittany will easily work all day, covering vast amounts of ground. Brittanys instinctively seem to recognise a hawk as a hunting partner. A good falconer knows the worth of a good dog, and together all three forge a formidable team.