Greg Connolly
Bill and Kathy Dillon
David Campbell
Reynald Lefebvre


CLUB information

While the breed has been popular in the USA for many years starting first with the original imports during the 1920's. The Breed has been reintroduced to the hunting public with even more recent imports starting again in the late 1960's and early 1970's..

The renewed focus on imports was mostly due to a perceived change in the existing stock that had taken root in the USA under the guidance of American fanciers; where the focus, it was felt, had shifted away from the ideals of the founders of the breed, most notably in acceptance of the many corrections to the original standard of the breed (which included the color black) until its present form that was adopted most recently in April 2001.

In the USA early importers used foundation stock consisting of only Orange & Liver heritage without any Black dogs or dogs they thought did not have Black genes, and selectively removed the black color if it appeared. This in part came about due to the Early days in France where erroneously Black was excluded from the 2nd standard by the then officer in charge of the 'spaniel' clubs who was familiar with only the 'French Spaniels' who did not have black in their heritage. But, Epagneul Bretons have ALWAYS had Black in their makeup since the very beginning evidenced in the CEB (Club Epagneul Breton -France) studbooks. Actually Orange was introduced later from English dogs and popularized in the late 1920-30's, it was about this time when imports started coming into the USA. Due to traditions on both sides the lines have become somewhat distinct in their own right, with the American Brittany Breeders introducing no new dogs since the 50's, and maintaining adherence to "old erroneous standards" such that Black has NEVER been re-introduced into American Brittany lines.

In the late 60's early 70's there was a resurgence of importing European dogs into the USA by hunters wanting something different or feeling that importing new lines would or could better their "style" of hunting dogs. With this there have been some crossing between the 'strains' but mainly those who advocate the true 'Epagneul Breton' as well as those who prefer the 'American' wish to keep the two separated.

The officers of the CEB-USA are dedicated to the Epagneul Breton breed, and are committed to the highest standards of selection and wish to educate others on the virtues of careful selection and keeping the breed as close to its original designs as possible, as well as keeping it as genetically sound as possible.

We believe that in order to do this, breeders must focus on both the performance and conformation aspects at the same time and not select only one of the attributes, and do genetic health screens that are possible and are available to breeders.

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