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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Brittany Spaniel – A Man’s Best Friend

Hello friends. If you follow Enid Monthly at all, you’ll know I hunt. I hunt a lot. Out of all the hunting I do, following a good bird dog chasing quail or pheasant is my all time favorite. I have a Labrador that I love (Pepper) but I also have a Brittany named “Rowdy.” He’s certainly rowdy.

These energetic versatile gundogs are not only great pets but have the natural instinct to hunt. Beautifully colored in white and liver (or orange) these dogs are not only great companions but also are so eager to please. Obedience and agility, this breed is top notch. My Brittany is adored by my nine-year-old daughter, but when it’s time to hit the field, he’s all in.

Considered the most versatile of bird dogs, the Brittany have a tremendous nose but can retrieve on both land and water. At least with Rowdy, they have energy to run all day. While only weighing typically 30-40 lbs, these dogs aren’t afraid to traverse through the toughest of terrains or streams. 

I grew up hunting behind a Brittany named Daphne. My father worked a lot, so there was a minimal amount of time actually training Daphne. That said, she had as good of nose as any dog I’ve hunted behind. Growing up in Kansas, we hunted a lot of tree rows on the edges of milo or corn fields. If you couldn’t find Daphne, it was because she was on point somewhere in the middle of the tree row. That dog absolutely wouldn’t leave a covey of quail. She was also the absolute best at predicting when a storm was on the horizon. Craziest thing I ever did see.

Now back to hunting. I’ve hunted behind several different breeds and owned several different breeds, but I’d have to tell you the Brittany is my absolute favorite of all time. Until next time friends. . .

Dalen McVay
Dalen McVay is a lawyer and an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing for every species available in Oklahoma. He especially enjoys bass fishing and deer hunting. He has two sons and a daughter who also enjoy the great outdoors, especially any time spent at the lake. His lovely wife does not enjoy his muddy boots.

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