French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc.
Club de l'Epagneul Breton des
38495 280th Street, Armourr, SD 57313
Editor: Kathleen Dillon
The Color Black
from a friend of mine, Pierre Willems, who wrote in the Brittany's Handbook 1997 of the
Brittany Club of G.B. page 32.
Brittany's history is not always completely known by every body, in France, in Italy, and
all over the world. Why? Because this history is based on old books, or more recent books
from French or other nationalities. And, in all these old books, there were some wrong
facts! So, twenty years after, another "historian" writes again a new book about
the Epagneul Breton, or Brittany. And, as he doesn't know a lot of things about them, he
reads older books, and so, he paraphrases wrong facts!
I think in France, there aren't a lot who know really Brittany's history. Perhaps no more than 4 or 5! Because every body thinks he knows this history only because he has read all the books on this subject! Those of
Lessard, Munch, De Kermadec, Gagniard, Pouchain, de Wailly (and Roby)
all contain some inaccuracies. And then, all these "connoisseurs" repeat, as parrots, false facts. And after repeating and repeating, they are sure these false facts are true "because it's in a book!".
From researches I've done, it seems that "outcrossing" had been a reality before 1908, but with all other existing breeds: French épagneuls, english and irish setters, pointers, and springers too. The legend of outbreeding only with pointers and setters is not credible. Brittany has springer blood, indubitably, and only Ronan De Kermanec admitted clearly this evidence, and he thought it was an advantage, especially on hard and difficult grounds as brambles or gorses, because Britts must like deep bushes, where, in France, there are the most part of woodcocks. After the official foundation of the breed, outcrossing has always been accidental. Because to obtain and keep a real short body breed, it's not the best way to outcross with a medium body breed!
When I write "genuine background papers", they are. You can see on our Website a photocopy of a page of the French L.O.F. from 1921. This document has never been, to my knowledge, published even in France. I got it from the SCC (in english: Canine Central Society) records. It proves that some Black and White Brittanys were still existing, and being registered on the L.O.F. in France, more than ten years after the foundation of the breed! Amazing, isn't?
"Brittany? The smallest of pointing dogs. But he's the best."
then choose the page titled "Amazing!"
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