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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

Country of Origin: England
Dog Group: Gundog

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The Sussex Spaniel was around in the early 1800's as part of a melange of land spaniels. The main interest in the breed began with Mr Fuller, a Sussex landowner. He had large kennels and kept several spaniels including Sussex Spaniels. He bred them for working and owned the breed for 50 years until the 1850's. By the time of the second world war there were few Sussex being bred from and it is thought that after the war only 5 Sussex Spaniels remained. Fortunately the breed has had dedicated followers and in particular Mrs Freer provided a link over 6 decades. She devoted her life to breeding the Sussex Spaniel for posterity. Today, this is still a numerically small breed with only 60-100 registrations each year.

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The Sussex Spaniel is a heavily built, sturdy dog, with rather short and strong legs. They have a wide head and short muzzle with a frowning quizzical expression. Their eyes are mid-brown in colour. This dog has a short abundant coat of rich golden liver.

Size Medium
Colour They are a rich golden liver colour shading to gold at the hair tips.
Coat Length Short Medium
Age Expectancy On average the Sussex Spaniel can live until 12 years of age.
Weight/Height Range These dogs measure between 38 - 41cms at the withers and weigh approximately 23kgs.

The Sussex Spaniel does not appear to suffer from many health problems, just the usual spaniel ailments.

Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Hip dysplasia, Ear infections
Breed Classification The Sussex Spaniel is usually a good hunter in the shooting field and can also be a show dog. They make good companions.

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As a rule they will adapt to most foods, however some puppies can be difficult eaters.

Food Cost $10 to $15
Other Expenses The only other expense that should be considered is health insurance.

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These are happy and adaptable dogs who can also be very laid back. They make very good pets, but they need plenty of socialisation when young. It is important that they are introduced regularly to children, dogs, cars etc when young. This socialisation should be kept up until the dog is mature. They love hunting and are sometimes more interested in this than anything else when outside, so training when they are young is needed. They can be difficult with strange dogs, but they should be introduced to dogs at an early age.

Intelligence Sussex Spaniels have a cheerful tractable disposition. They have their own funny little ways and can sometimes be wilful. They are not as quick to learn as some breeds so need patience with training. It is well worth the effort and the result is a happy and loyal dog.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Low
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement They should not be over exercised when very young. They need stimulation or they easily become bored. They are country dogs at heart.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility High

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As a rule a brush or comb through every day is ideal. The ears should be kept clean and checked for foreign bodies regularly. The hair around the pads should be trimmed and check between the claws for grass seeds. They do not require a professional groomer however if they are neutered the dog sometimes looks better if the coat is trimmed.

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Trimming Required Occassional
Amount of hair shed Little
Avg. 3.7 / Ratings: 11

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