Sussex Spaniel

Other names/Nicknames:
  • None
Country/Date of origin:
  • Great Britain
  • 1700′s
  • 13 to 16 inches
  • 35 to 45 pounds
  • Gentle and cheerful.
  • Not as intelligent as some of the spaniels but willing to please and can be trained.
  • Noisy.
  • Can be unpredictable with other dogs.
  • Slow moving due to its bulk and short legs.

A member of the British Spaniel family, the Sussex is the breed that stands lowest to the ground.  It is heavyset and slow, bred during a time when men still hunted on foot.  Its name comes from the county of England where it was developed.  Said to have a good nose, the Sussex may become more popular as game preserves and foot hunting become the hunting mode of necessity.

Body Type:
  • A spaniel but massive, long, low and muscular.
  • The low-set tail is always docked to between five and seven inches.
  • The hanging ears are fairly large and lie close to the head.  They are never altered.
  • Heavily wrinkled face gives the breed a scowling look.
  • Abundant, flat, slightly waxy.
  • Moderate in length, except for long feathering on ears, legs, tail, and chest.
  • The only allowed color is rich golden liver.
  • Moderate grooming required.
Health and Wellness:
  • Very healthy.
  • Ears should be checked routinely.
  • Hip dysplasia.
What you should know:
  • The only spaniel that gives tongue on the trail.
  • It has a clear, bell-like voice and talks to the gunners repeatedly as it hunts.
  • A very rare breed in England and in America.  A puppy will be difficult to find in either country.
  • Puppies are unusually fragile.  The mortality rate, especially in females, is high.
  • Called a self-colored dog, the Sussex has a coat, eyes, and nose that match.
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