How Much Does a Brittany Spaniel Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

The Brittany Spaniel first gained their popularity back in the 17th century in paintings and tapestries while on a hunting game.  Their athletic body makes them energetic and active in outdoor activities such as bird hunting.  They are also known for their sweet and gentle nature.

Brittany Lucy LU 1 by Orest U, on Flickr
Brittany Lucy LU 1” (CC BY 2.0) by  Orest U

How much does a Brittany Spaniel cost?

On average, a Brittany Spaniel is going to range anywhere from $500 to as much as $1,100.  Like most dogs, the cost will come down to the dog’s age, family history, gender, quality, the breeder, inclusions and geographical location.  A purebred sold by an authorized AKC breeder will be near the $1,000 price tag, while a dog without any paperwork can cost much less than this, often around $400 to $600., a popular online dog classified website, had close to 250 listings at the time of this writing, with prices in the $500 to $850 range.  Most of the breeders we looked at included registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a vet exam, health guarantee and pedigree if available.

At the official AKC Marketplace, the breeders who did list their prices were asking for anywhere from $900 to $1,250, on average.  The AKC breeders, aside from the inclusions mentioned prior, would also include a hip and genetic health guarantee, a dew claw removal, tail docking and deworming.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a certified vet checkup, a health guarantee and a travel crate if being shipped.  In some cases, the breeder may microchip, spay/neuter and even include dog food samples and other related dog items.

What are the extra costs?

Always remember the recurring costs such as dog food, accessories, obedience classes, dog sitting and routine/surprise vet visits.  A healthy dog can easily cost $700 per year, while a dog in distress can be double or even triple this amount.

If the dog has to be shipped through an airline or by ground transportation, this can be an additional $200 to $400, depending on the length of the trip.  The breeder will rarely pay for the actual transportation.

Even though it requires very little maintenance, a weekly grooming session is still recommended to prevent its coat from mangling.  While you can groom on your own, a professional grooming session from time to time may need to be considered.

While they have the reputation to train well, obedience classes are still recommended at a younger age to teach them the basics of sit, stay and lay down.

Tips to know:

The average Brittany Spaniel can reach 17 to 21 inches in height and can weigh between 30 and 40 pounds.

The Brittany Spaniel is known for its pinkish brown nose and its triangular ears.  Compared to most dogs, they have muscular legs and shorter, cropped tails.

Its coat will be medium in length with a flat or wavy coat that feathers to the legs.  While the most common color is white, other colors you may find include white and liver, white and black or a liver tricolor.  Any pattern you see may either be solid or be roan with ticking.

The Brittany Spaniel, as for its temperament, has been known to get along well with both children and adults, but it may not be suitable for younger children due to the high activity.  Because of their kind personality, they won’t make a great protector.  They are known to be quick, intelligent, curious, independent and very athletic.

When healthy, the lifespan can range from 12 to 14 years.

Due to its hunting instincts, it’s best to offer this breed at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day.  With a high activity level, the Brittany doesn’t cope well with apartment/condo situations.

This breed has been known to be susceptible to hip dysplasia, epilepsy and ear infections.

The “American Brittany” is known to be taller and faster when compared to the “French Brittany.”

They are not hypoallergenic for those who suffer from allergies.

How can I save money?

Always check local animal shelters or rescue groups for a potential Brittany Spaniel.  While it is rare, you can sometimes find one that needs a home or even a dog that resembles their look.  Why spend thousands when you can spend as little as $50 for a dog that needs a forever home?

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