Thinking about purchasing an Sussex Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Sussex Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Sussex Spaniel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Sussex Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Sussex Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Sussex Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Sussex Spaniel Profile
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 - 16
golden liver shading to golden at tips of hairs, with the gold predominating.
Dark liver or puce is undesirable.
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 retrieval games.
Activity: Medium. The slow
moving procedures of the breed may have led to other retrievers such as Labradors
to become more popular.
Sussex Spaniel 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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