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Sussex Spaniel Puppies
Description: The Sussex Spaniel is known as an excellent hunting companion. They are long and low, rectangular and with strong bones in appearance. Their expression is somber and serious. Unique to this breed is their rich golden liver color coat and a lower energy level than most spaniels. Joy Freer, the woman who kept the breed alive during the World Wars, stated, "There is no other animal which has his coloring except the lion..." The Sussex Spaniel is a small dog, only about 15 inches off the ground. They are too small for hunting rabbits, but love to hunt partridge and pheasant as they were once used for. If they are not hunted, they will find other birds, insects and mice to hunt. Sussex Spaniels have pendulous lips and long, low-set drop ears. Their fur is profuse, slightly wavy and heaviest at the legs, ears and tail. Although serious-looking, the Sussex is very easygoing and friendly. They will follow you around the house, as they have been referred to as a shadow. They are hard workers, protectors and singers. They enjoy being vocal and have been trained in the past to do so in order that a hunter will not lose them. A good house dog and family pet, Sussex Spaniels are soft and affectionate with a placid outlook on life.
Type: Gun Dog
Height: 13 -
golden liver shading to golden at tips of hairs, with the gold predominating.
Dark liver or puce is undesirable.
Sussex Spaniels are determined and friendly. Easygoing and hard working, they
will follow you around the house. They are also protectors and like to bark,
making them a good watch dog. They are loyal and easy to train. Sussex Spaniels
tend to attach to one person more so than a whole family. They are very devoted
to their owners, and can be territorial of them. They like to "smile" when
they are excited or are asking for forgiveness for something they've done.
Sussex Spaniels love to swim. They are happy, peaceful and calm.
Watch-dog: High. The Sussex
Spaniel is more protective of its owners than the other spaniels.
Care and Exercise:
Regular grooming with a brush or comb is required to maintain the beautiful,
shiny coat of the Sussex Spaniel. Keep ears clean, trim pads of feet. An owner
of a Sussex Spaniel should make sure their ears and feet do not get caked
in mud. Daily exercise is needed which should include a good walk on leash
and the opportunity to play in a yard. Sussex Spaniels enjoy swimming and
Activity: Medium. The
slow moving procedures of the breed may have led to other retrievers such
as Labradors to become more popular.
Health Issues: Cardiac and liver problems, hip dysplasia, ingrown eyelashes, invertebral disc syndrome, and otitis externa (earaches).
Life Span: 11 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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