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Brownie - 5733

9 mon (Puppy)
Neutered Male
Liver Roan
House Broken
Crate Trained
OK w/dogs
Need Fence
Current Location: Green Valley, IL

Contact: Michael & Denise Lutz

Adopted 14 December 2017!!



This boy is full of energy ALL the time. He loves to go outside and run the backyard fence with our Brit. He would benefit from having another young Brit or other active breed as a companion. A family with kids would be great too as long as they weren't real little kids, he would probably trample them as he is really rambunctious.

Brownie is crate trained and will get into his crate when told. We don't hear a sound out of him all night. He knows SIT and LAY DOWN. His recall is very good.

He still needs some work on the leash. House training is still a work in progress, but we are working on it.

Cats! He has not been aggressive to them but he chases them and tries to get them to play.

Brownie is a wonderful dog who will require time, patience and consistency. He can wiggle through the smallest openings so a good fence is definitely a requirement. This boy needs be included in an active family’s day to day life. Crated for long hours will result in a wild man with excess energy to burn. No long distance or sight unseen adoptions for Brownie. We feel it is important that all family members (human and canine) meet to assure that we have a good fit.

Brownie is a sweet dog and a wonderful Brit who is anxious for your forever love and companionship. If you would like to considered for this wonderful guy complete the adoption application.


Brownie was an owner surrender to ABR. A senior couple always wanted a dog, picked a couple of sweet pups from a Craigslist ad not knowing the time and energy they required. Our boy is neutered and is current on all vaccinations, Heart Worm negative and on Heart Worm Preventative. He is also microchipped. Now all he needs is wonderful forever home to call his own.


Diego - 5752

10 mon (Puppy)
House Broken
Crate Trained
OK w/dogs
Need Fence
Current Location: Sandstone, MN

Contact: Laura & Steve McCaughan

Adoption Pending 03 December 2017!!



Diego is a people lover who thrives on companionship. Every night he jumps into bed with us and we send him to his own bed. Every morning when we wake up he's there between us. He spends his evenings sitting with us on the couch with his head in one of our laps. Before he came to us he was boarded at a vet clinic for two weeks where he was kept in a 6 ft square pen. When we picked him up they described him as being a very high energy dog but when he got to our home and was allowed to romp with our Brittany in a large fenced yard, he calmed down considerably. When he's not playing with our Brittany or romping outside in our fenced in area, he likes to sit in a chair by the window and watch the critters at our bird feeders. He likes to go for walks and does pretty well on a leash. He has a great nose and loves to sniff things out. He kennels up well, and has never had an accident in the house so we know he was well house broken.

We've never seen Diego with cats or kids, but he seems friendly to other people when they visit. As far as cats, he probably would want to play and chase them, but he is a pleaser so I'm sure he could be taught to get along with them.

Diego probably wouldn't do well if he was left alone all day. He would miss his people and also build up an enormous amount of energy which would have him bouncing off the walls. Given enough exercise, companionship, and cuddling, he would be a great addition to any family.


Diego was found without a collar or ID, running loose on a highway. He was very skinny and had a swelling on his muzzle. He was taken to the vet clinic in town where he spent the next two weeks while they tried to find his owner. The swelling on his nose was attended to, but nothing was found. He had his distemper and rabies shots and now has been neutered and chipped. The vet guesses he is about 9 months old. He is starting to put on weight, but he has a ways to go. A few days after we got him home we noticed something coming out of the bump on his muzzle. It was a porcupine quill! We had the vet check it out and they could not find anymore evidence of other quills. Now the bump is slowly going away. Overall he is a very healthy Brittany.


Ellie - 5694

8 yr 3 mon (Senior)
Spayed Female
Orange Roan
Crate Trained
OK w/dogs
Need Fence
Current Location: Medina, MN

Contact: Katherine Taylor



Ellie is a very sweet, pretty, attentive Brittany. In her previous life, Ellie was crated morning, noon, and night and only taken on walks a couple of times per day. She came into rescue with a very high energy level, but who could blame her as she wasn’t getting the exercise she needed.

Ellie has perfect house manners. PERFECT! I leave her un-crated at all times and I come home to the house as I left it. She loves going for walks, hunting in the backyard for chipmunks, playing with the squeaky toys, and watching me cook in the kitchen. Ellie has not been exposed to very much human interaction and at first she didn’t show an interest in me, but over the last couple of weeks I have proven to be fun, interesting, and playful and she is now showing a curiosity in people.

We were told that Ellie was once a hunter in the field. I think if you wanted to hunt with her she would be more than excited to join you, as she has an EXTREMELY strong nose, but she will also need training/refresher training course as she hasn't learned to release to hand...right now she will eat what she catches.

Ellie will need someone with patience to build a lasting relationship with. She is showing a desire to bond with humans, but she will need help figuring it all out at a slow pace.

Ellie came to us with a bladder leak, but after a visit with the vet we found a medication that prevents that and she has been leak free ever since. She will need to be on this medication for the rest of her life. It is inexpensive and a normal treatment for this condition.

Ellie is up to date on her vaccines and is heartworm negative and on preventative. If you are interested in Ellie, please fill out the adoption application and mention her name and ID #. We would LOVE to tell you more about her.


Ellie's owner lived in a condo and had to keep her outside due to the association rules. With winter coming, he needed to get her to safety. The owner surrender actually owned Ellie as a puppy until a few years old and then she went to a friend who stated he hunted her in the field, but then returned her back to the original owner when he too could no longer could keep her.


Chelsea - 5734

10 yr 1 mon (Senior)
Spayed Female
Current Location: Columbia, MO

Contact: Cathy Turner

Adoption Pending 15 December 2017!!



Chelsea is a dream of a Brittany. She is the perfect combination of maturity and silliness. She loves to sleep on the couch or dog bed and be close to her people. She also likes to sleep on the human bed at night, but is fine on a dog bed too. She LOVES to go for walks. When she sees her collar she gets so excited and can't wait to get out and go. She bunny hops a little on her 10 year old hips, but it does not slow her down. She is happy all the time and playful when she feels like it. She has gotten along very well with all the dogs and cats she's encountered. She isn't super thrilled about being in a crate, but tolerates it if need be. She's a great little Brit who is calm and just wants to be around her people. She does well in the car and is incredibly easy to have around. She does counter surf if something smells wonderful to her finely tuned nose and she might find your shoe to cuddle with if it's available, but she has not torn up anything...just moves things around sometimes.

If you would love to adopt this sweet little girl, please fill out the adoption application and mention her name and ID #. Her foster mom would love to talk more about her with you!

Chelsea is up to date on her vaccines and is Heartworm negative and on preventative.


Chelsea has been moved around a few times after her owner died unexpectedly. She has shown great resilience with each move and has settled in well to wherever she's landed. Please consider giving her a once and for all forever home.


Hailey - 5729

8 yr 1 mon (Senior)
Spayed Female
House Broken
Crate Trained
Need Fence
Current Location: Ozark, MO

Contact: Mitch Sims



Hailey is an eight year old spayed female American Brittany. Hailey is an owner surrendered Britt who has lived her entire life with her original owners in Missouri. The owners’ ages, and changing living conditions, were the determining factors which required them to give up Hailey. Hailey has been in her foster home since early October. When she arrived she was scared, noisy, a tad overweight, and basically “untrained”. Since arriving at the foster home, Hailey has been in basic training for obedience, and she has done very well and continues to improve daily. She is extremely smart. She now responds very well to the basic commands of: here, heel, woah, sit, down, and outside. She loves to play catch (she actually catches the ball in the air) and will retrieve to hand. Since becoming involved in an active exercise program Hailey has renewed her love of running, and running, and running. Because Brittanys are high energy dogs, and Hailey enjoys being active, a large enclosed yard would be perfect for her. She enjoys several long runs in our large fields two or three times each week, and as result her weight is coming down and she is beginning to tone up nicely. She is up to date on all vaccinations, receives regular flea/tick and heartworm meds. She has just had teeth cleaned along with some extractions, and therefore should not have any issues in this area for a while. (Vet recommends no soft chewy toys as they tend to cause excess salivation and future added dental issues.)

Hailey may have suffered some abuse at some time, as she responded quite defensive around men, but not so much around ladies. Since arriving at her foster home and working with foster dad, she has mellowed and regained some sense of security around men. But, because of these idiosyncrasies, it would be best if Hailey was with an active female in her forever home. Initially, it was reported that she does not respond well around children or other animals. However, since being at the foster home with other dogs, both pups and larger more active dogs, she has developed a sense of tolerance. Hailey is fully house trained, crate trained, and walks on loose leash, and loves to take little day trips in the truck. She sits quietly and enjoys the view as it rolls by. When at home, she is prone to barking and/or whining if she does not get her way, but is quickly conditioned to stop with the use of a bark collar. most times the collar will be effective even without the it being activated If you are interested in adopting Hailey, Please fill out the adoption application and mention her name and ID #. I would love to tell you more about this amazing girl!


As mentioned above, Hailey has been owned by one person her entire life. When he fell ill, the ex-wife took over caring for her hoping he would come back home, that was not the case. She was moving where she could not have pets so she reached out to ABR to help find a great home for Hailey.


Cash - 5722

11 yr 1 mon (Senior)
Neutered Male
Crate Trained
OK w/dogs
Need Fence
Current Location: Springfield, MO

Contact: Joann & Richard Kissell
417-887-5072 or Cell (417) 894-0823



November was Cash’s birth month and he is now a cool 11 years old! He is such a sweet and funny little brittany. Cash had belonged to a brittany breeder and was surrendered to the community animal control when his owner could no longer take care of him, and then ABR picked him up from the very nice people at animal control. He is groomed, has had his teeth cleaned, is chipped, neutered and up to date on all his shots and now Cash is ready for the next chapter in his life.

Because he had been kept in a kennel most of his life everything is new and exciting to Cash: a big backyard to run in, toys to play with, squirrels to chase - he even caught one the other day! As my vet said, Cash is living the good life now. But what Cash loves most of all about this new life is the love and attention he gets from his people. And what he wants most of all now is a new forever home for the holidays.

The transition to house dog has not been without a few small challenges. Cash loves being inside and he is content to curl up on his bed in the corner of the kitchen and just hang out. And he doesn’t chew on things - just his stuffed toys. But he is an accomplished counter surfer. He is “almost” house broken. We have to take him out regularly to avoid accidents - so I guess you might say that he has us well trained. I think his record so far is 4 days in a row without an accident in the house. The good news is that he does sleep throughout the night without having to go outside.

If you would like to take this sweet old lovable boy into your life please fill out an adoption application with ABR and give his foster family a call so we can talk. Because Cash is a senior dog he is eligible for the senior adoption program so if he is adopted by a senior there is no adoption fee.


Hank - 5566

5 yr 8 mon (Adult)
OK w/dogs
OK w/kids
Need Fence
Current Location: Blair, NE

Contact: Kristen Lebeda & John Svehla



Hank came to us from Kansas and he had 2 previous owners. We have a full medical history thanks to them and keeping great records of his health. This is unusual for a rescue but they really want Hank to go to a good home. When we had Hank checked out by our vet we were curious about his skull condition. He lacks the chewing muscles on the top and bottom of his mouth and head. We sent in a blood sample to the University of California as they are the only school that tests blood for a condition called Masticatory Muscle Myositis. It came back positive for this disease. We don’t know the cause of this (it could be from genetics, it could be environmental). What we do know is that it affects all dogs differently but can be treated with steroids. His condition may not be reversible but currently we are trying to slow down the disease. Hank really is doing great. I feel that he is showing signs of small improvements. We were having trouble with him holding urine when he was in his kennel inside and now after being on the medication he has been fine.

Hank loves the outdoors so a fenced in yard is a must. He will be on steroids for the remainder of his life, which we are very hopeful it will still be a long one. We have reached out to some other owners dogs have this disease and they on average have lived 5-6 years already with it. Hunting is out of the question as he will have limited use of his mouth at times but we soften his food with water give him softer type treats. Hank really needs a home with a yard, as most of his day is spend outside. He will remain on steroids and the dose depends on how he is doing. He is fine with other dogs but I think he would do better if he was the only one. He likes all the attention!! He loves car rides even if it is up our driveway to get the mail. He has a vibrance for life and if you would love his company please fill out an adoption application with the rescue. I would be happy to answer other questions via phone or e-mail. I will update often as I get results and info or if anything changes!

Update 7-21-17 We had a recent vet visit and our vet is very happy with Hank's progress over the last few months. She was very hopeful with Hank’s quality of life. We are currently minimizing his medication to every 2 days as he has not had any episodes of “lock jaw”. We have given him opportunities over the last few months to work on his chewing and it seems to have helped. Hank has gone from not wanting much attention to sitting next to us wanting attention, allowing us to pet him and he will even give us kisses. He has interacted more with our dogs and will play with them. He did not like them when he first came into our house but he no longer growls and he shows signs of wanting to play by running and even getting into the “pounce” position. The one negative our vet mentioned is that he will not regrow his chewing muscles. She thought that he might be able to still regrow them.


Brittanys usually live 12-15 years, so if you are contemplating adoption, please be prepared to make that kind of commitment to the dog. Brittanys love their people and require personal attention every day.

Dogs placed by American Brittany Rescue, Inc. have been rescued from a shelter, found as a stray, or given up by an owner who could no longer keep or care for them. All dogs in foster homes have been (or will be) spayed or neutered, checked for heartworm, and are usually on preventative medication for heartworm. A dog's foster family can give you valuable information about its personality and temperament.

There are many more Brittany's available but not yet listed on the web site. These pages are always changing as homes are found and new dogs are placed into rescue. Please contact the State Coordinator for more information.

If you know of a Brittany who needs a home, please contact your nearest State Coordinator for assistance.