The Sussex Spaniel is a breed of strong, medium-sized dog that originated in England. It belongs to the sporting breed family which is known for their amiable nature, and being well-rounded companions. Sussex Spaniels have been bred for flushing and retrieving upland games. Their coat could either be flat or somewhat wavy. It has feathering around the neck, tail, legs, and feet. Coat color comes in rich golden liver.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Sussex Spaniel breed normally stand a height of 15 to 16 in at the withers, and weigh between 40 to 44 lbs.
Sussex Spaniels, in general, require ample exercise to remain stable and calm at home. They are not as outgoing as the other spaniels, but they tend to work very enthusiastically. The breed barks continuously when on the field for hunt. Unlike any other spaniel, Sussex dogs tend to bay when it’s hunting. They can readily adapt to hunting as well as retrieving games, especially in the wooden areas. The breed is gentle, loyal, and loving towards its family owners. They are very sociable, and they make excellent companions. They bond well with children, dogs, and other animals. They learn quickly, and tend to bark a lot. Sussex Spaniels need a firm yet gentle owner who can be consistent in their leadership approach. Otherwise, the breed would develop behavior problems.
Sussex Spaniels are easy to groom. They only need to be brushed twice a week to prevent mats from forming. Handlers are encouraged to pay extra attention to their long ears. Cleaning it regularly will help a lot to keep the breed from acquiring ear infections. Trimming the hair around their paws on an occasional basis is also recommended to keep these dogs from tracking dirt.
Members of the Sussex Spaniel breed are generally prone to hip dysplasia, heart disorders, and ear infections. They are also known to be plagued with patent ductus arteriosus, and spinal disc herniation. The breed has an average life expectancy of 11 to 12 years.
Sussex Spaniels generally make fair apartment dogs so long as they get to receive ample exercise. They are relatively active indoors and will appreciate access to a small yard. The breed is capable of thriving in living outdoors under temperate climates provided that they are given warm shelter. Because the breed loves to be with people, kennel-living is not a good idea.