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Sussex Spaniel

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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniels have heavy, long and low-set ears, a prominent flew and loose skin, reminiscent of the hound ? with the setter's heavy fringed coat and merry, docile disposition. The breed has a liver-colored coat that is slightly wavy and not curly. The loose skin and long ears are similar to the Basset Hound. The eyes are hazel and large. The tail is docked to 5 to 7 inches. The neck is arched. The coat color blends with the color of the trees and game so hunters should use caution and not shoot their dog accidentally.

Temperament The Sussex Spaniel is the only Spaniel that bays when it is hunting. They are calm and steady around the house, but are not as outgoing as other Spaniels. They may howl when they are left alone. They make good companion dogs. They love their family and are sweet, loving and gentle. They get along well with children and pets and are very sociable. They get along well with familiar dogs. This low-energy breed is less playful than other Spaniels. They learn quickly but can tend to have a mind of their own. Teach them early not to bark a lot. They need a dominant owner. They can be snappish if they are annoyed.
Height, Weight Height: 15-16" ; Weight: 40-44 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to ear infections and bloat. Clean the ears regularly.
Living Conditions Sussex Spaniels will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They do well indoors with access to a fenced yard.
Exercise This breed requires regular exercise. It has the tendency to gain weight quickly if not properly exercised. It loves swimming, retrieving and being outdoors. Care should be taken when they are off their lead as they love to follow their noses.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed requires regular brushing. The ears should be kept as clean as possible and the pads should be trimmed. Check baby teeth to ensure that they do not push permanent teeth and cause them to become crooked. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin The Sussex Spaniel is probably a remnant of the oldest type of Spaniel, maintaining a hint of hound in both his heavy-skinned appearance and his urge to give tongue when on scent. His earliest proponent, in the 1790s, was A. E. Fuller of Rosehill Park, in the British county of Sussex. By 1803, the British dog press was praising "the golden Spaniel of Sussex, the largest and strongest of the Spaniels". This proves that not only was the Sussex in England at that time, but other types of spaniels also existed with which to compare him. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog