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All Dog Breeds >>Health of Brittany

Brittanys are generally healthy and hardy dogs. The average lifespan of the breed is 12 to 14 years.Because of their floppy ears, which tend to trap moisture in the ear canal, Brittanys should have their ears cleaned regularly. Hip dysplasia is known to affect some members of the breed, and statistics compiled by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals show that 14.9% of Brittanys tested between 1974 and 2009 were considered dysplastic,with the incidence of hip dysplasia being reduced to 10.3% for dogs born 2003-2004.Epilepsy has also been known to occur in the breed. American fanciers encourage owners of affected dogs to submit DNA to UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab for their ongoing research into the Brittany and canine health.