Brittany Pedigree Breed Health Survey

Forms were received representing 57 living dogs & 5 deceased dogs.

Mortality results
A total of 5 deaths were reported, representing 0.09% of all deaths reported in the Pedigree Breed Health survey. The range of longevity for the Brittany was 3 years to 15 years. Table 1 shows the causes of death for the breed.

Table 1 The most common causes of death/reasons for euthanasia (N = 5 deceased dogs)

Cause of death
Cancer – unspecified
Gastric tumour
Old Age

Morbidity results
The 57 live Brittanys represented 0.13% of total dogs in the survey. The median age of live dogs for the breed was 4 years (Table 2).  Of the 57 Brittany which the survey covers, 44 had reported no conditions and 13 reported affected by at least one condition (min = 1 condition(s), max = 3 conditions), giving a total of 18 incidents of conditions.

The gender, neuter status and age of neutering summary statistics for Brittany’s are shown in Table 3. There were 51 dogs with responses for Body Condition displayed in Table 4.

The median age the dogs were first affected by a condition was 6 years (min = 0 years, max= 13 years, Figure 3). The ages for the most common conditions is displayed in Figure 4. Table 5 shows the frequency of occurrence of all reported disease conditions for the Brittany.

Table 2: The summary statistics for the dogs’ current age when survey was completed

Number of Dogs Mean age (years) Median age (years) Min age (years) Max age (years)

Table 3: Gender, neuter status and age summary statistics for dogs where gender and neuter status was reported

Sex Neuter status Age known Count Mean age neutered


Median age neutered


Min age neutered


FemaleNot neuteredNo9NANANA
MaleNot neuteredNo16NANANA

Table 4: The body condition comment and the age of the dog when this comment was made

Body condition Count Mean age


Median age (years) Min age (years) Max age (years)
No comment was made by vet64.833013
Somewhat overweight26.506.549
Somewhat underweight110.00101010

Table 4: The body condition comment and the age of the dog when this comment was made

Figure 3: Histogram showing frequency of known age at diagnosis for the disease conditions reported

Figure 4: Box and whisker plot of age at diagnosis in years for the most common disease conditions in descending order. The solid line within each box represents the median age at diagnosis from the condition. The box represents 50% of the dogs and the whiskers represent 95% of the dogs for each condition. The circles () represent possible outliers

Table 5: The most commonly reported disease conditions in descending order for the breed (N = 57 live dogs)

Condition Number of cases of disease Prevalence (%) Proportion (%)
Hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder35.2616.67
Mammary cancer/tumour23.5111.11
Mammary lump23.5111.11
Skin (cutaneous) cyst23.5111.11
Umbilical hernia23.5111.11
Irregular Heart beat11.755.56
Nerve tumour/cancer11.755.56
Uterine tumour/cancer11.755.56

Proportion of morbidity as %= N/18 conditions, prevalence %= N/57 live dogs

From the dogs surveyed, most Brittanys were not affected by a disease condition (77.19%). The most commonly reported disease condition in live dogs was hypersensitivity (allergic) skin disorder. All reported cause of death affected an equal proportion of the reported deaths.