Sussex Spaniel

Group 4: Gun dogs
Height: 38 – 41 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Small game tracking & flushing
Lifespan: 11 – 14 yrs

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Note: Not many in Australia.

Sussex Spaniel

About This Breed

Originating from Sussex in southern England thought to be a cross with the Clumber Spaniel and Bloodhound. The Sussex Spaniel was mainly used to hunt partridge and pheasant. They hunt slowly, but have a fine nose, very good strength and stamina in the field. It is best at flushing game but can be taught to retrieve.

This breed loves everyone and are sweet, gentle and devoted. Very sociable dogs, they usually get along well with cats and are excellent with children. Most get along with other dogs, but can be aggressive if unfamiliar. They tend to be less playful and demonstrative than other Spaniels with a low energy level. They are a quick learner but have a mind of their own. It is important to be consistent with them. They need firm and patient training. This breed likes to bark.

Sussex Spaniels can be snappy if annoyed. Novice owners must be able to show they are in charge.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Medium sized strong and level body. Wide head with hazel coloured, fairly large eyes. Ears fairly large, thick and covered with soft, wavy hair. Tail thickly clothed with hair but not feathered. Strongly built. Active, energetic dog, whose characteristic movement is a decided roll, and unlike that of any other Spaniel.

Temperament: Kindly disposition, aggression highly undesirable.

Characteristics: Natural working ability, gives tongue at work in thick cover.

Colour: Rich golden liver and hair shading to golden at tip; gold predominating. Dark liver or puce undesirable.

Coat: Abundant and flat with no tendency to curl and ample undercoat for weather resistance.

Grooming: Regular grooming with a brush or comb is required to maintain his beautiful, shiny coat. Keep ears clean, trim pads of feet. Bath when needed.

Exercise: Daily exercise is needed which should include a good walk on leash and the opportunity to play in a yard. They also enjoy swimming and retrieval games.

Health: Do not overfeed as they gain weight easily. Prone to ear infections; the ears should be cleaned regularly.