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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

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Breed Organization
Sussex Spaniel Club of America
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
Life Expectancy
Approximately 11-12 Years
Litter Size
Average 4-6 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Sporting
Breed Appearance
The Sussex Spaniel is a low compact spaniel similar in appearance to a small, dark Clumber Spaniel. One of the noticeable features is their golden liver-colored coat which is unique to the breed. The coat is thick (sometimes with a slight wave to it), feathering on the chest, legs and ears and consists of a weather resistant undercoat with a silky outer coat. The eyes are hazel in color. The silky ears are lobe-shaped typical of the Spaniel, and set moderately low. The Sussex is a short, stocky kind of dog.

Breed Description
Head: Large. Broad, slightly domed skull. Pronounced stop. Brown nose. Strong jaws.
Ears: Set on fairly low, fairly large, thick, hanging against the head.
Eyes: Fairly large, hazel.
Body: Massive, long. Long, strong neck with slight dewlap. Chest well let-down and well-developed. Broad, muscular back. Broad, thick loin.
Tail: Set on low, never carried above the topline. Usually docked to 12 to 17 cm in length. No feathering.
Hair: Abundant, flat. Moderate feathering on the legs. Very dense undercoat.
Coat: Rich, golden brown (liver) to golden at the tips. Golden color is dominant.
Size: 38 to 41 cm (15-16 in).
Weight: Approx. 22 kg (48,5 lb).

The Sussex Spaniel was created in the nineteenth century in Sussex. He is the product of crosses between various spaniels, including the English Springer and later the Clumber Spaniel. The Sussex Spaniel is smaller and less stocky than the Clumber Spaniel. Shown for the first time in London in 1862, the breed was officially recognized in 1895. He is very rare in France, where he is not commonly used in hunting. The survival of the Sussex Spaniel appears threatened.

Tough, energetic, active, and tenacious, this keen-nosed dog tracks calmly and slowly, using his voice at the sight of fleeing game. He is the most vocal of all the spaniels. He hunts pheasant and partridge, in particular. His calmness and good nature make him an affectionate pet. He needs gentle training.

He is prone to ear infections; the ears should be cleaned regularly. Some minor concerns are intervertebral disc syndrome, otitis exerna, heart murmur and enlarged heart. Gains weight easily, do not overfeed.

He needs space and exercise, as well as daily brushing and combing and regular checking of the ears.

Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.

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