We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, so are all dog breeds, until someone gives them a breed name. But Brittanys aren't really true Spaniels (here are the main spaniel varieties - more of 'em than you might have thought), which is why we call them plain Brittanys. They are more pointers, or setters, or something. A mix of various random things that happened to come together well.
Who cares what you call them. In our neck of the woods, Brittanys are the best all-purpose dog for the field, and maybe the most popular gun dog. They point birds, they retrieve, they do not mind water retrieves; they are bundles of energy and affection, and they are easy to train - a cross look is usually enough to get your point across to these emotionally-sensitive critters. The larger American version can handle the large spaces.
But you need at least two of them. One Brittany isn't a fully happy dog. They need the exercise and the company they can give each other. Every hunter, or every human, can use a few sweet Brittanys around the place.
We got a Brittany pup last summer and she's a great dog. Though we only have one, we're fortunate that one of her littermates lives not far away, so we arrange "play dates" for the dogs to spend a couple of hours tearing around with each other. This is by far the most energetic dog I've ever seen.
You need two, just as with my Vizslas (now in their third generation in my house). Field dogs are wonderful animals, but some people buy them for looks and end up unhappy. These are active, outdoor animals and need to be in homes with active, outdoor people!
Ours is a 1 year old, 3 legged. Probably has a English Setter in the mix because the heads a bit big. Two walks a day in the woods, about an hour each and he still wants more. Goes to point, but just stares at rabbits, can't make those quick turns ... love 'em.
I won't argue with a man on his own site. But I might put a nomination in for a Deutsch Kurzhaar as best all-purpose field dog. I've find them less "sensitive", more amiable to reason and a little more can-do toughness. That said, without a doubt, a Brittany is what I'd have if I couldn't have a DK. And God knows I'd consider trading my blind, dumb and crippled Springer in on one if the kids and MRS. wouldn't complain - but they would and I'd prolly miss her anyways.