In 2010 the Club Epagneul
Breton France deemed the sable color or "reverse tri-color"
a genetic coloration defect therefore classified the color an eliminating
fault or "Not Standard" for the breed. Breeders in Europe
quickly eliminated this coloration from their gene pool controlling
the onslaught in their lines.
Currently in the United States there are many breeders that continue
to use this coloration in their breeding contaminating the breed.
We are very concerned what this will eventually do to the gene pool
in North America
These breeders know this color is rejected and are producing offspring
only for profit, they may say the dog is orange tri-color, brown,
or liver only to deceive the consumer. Overseas if a breeder were
to continue such careless practices, they would be pressured by the
parent club and their peers forcing them to instill changes in their
breeding program. In the United States breeders have few restrictions
or limitations therefore, it has been left to the decisions of "quality
breeders" not to sell to careless breeders or outsource their
sires to these lines.
We have many inquiries from potential buyers about the differences
between the American Brittany and the Epagneul Breton. One major difference
is the genetic quality of the Breton unfortunately America is changing
Broughton Kennels will ALWAYS adhere to the breeding practices instilled
in France and will continue to inform the consumer to purchase responsibly.
We will also aid any breeder who chooses to eliminate the sable coloration
in their line.