AKC PuppyFinder: Sussex Spaniel Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Merry and friendly, in the classic spaniel manner
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not quite as upbeat as other spaniels; walking, romping, and fetching will satisfy pet Sussex
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 35-45 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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These low-slung, strong dogs are recognizable by their unusual golden liver coat and their serious faces. Don't be fooled by the somber expression; the Sussex Spaniel is a cheerful, friendly dog, happy to be with his family, other pets and children. Sussex Spaniel puppies grow up to have great strength, so early training and socialization is important. He responds well to positive, gentle training. With praise and patience, this kindly breed is an even-tempered and affectionate companion.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1884

Breed History & Job Description: Sometime in the 1700s, sportsmen in the English county of Sussex developed a spaniel whose short legs and burly torso were perfectly suited to hunting feathered game while plowing through the region’s heavy clay soil, dense underbrush, and thick hedgerows. Because the dog was built so low and the cover was so high, Sussex developed a language of barks and babbling to mark their location to human huntsmen. And to this day, Sussex tend to be more vocal than other spaniels.

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Sussex Spaniels are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Sussex Spaniels are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.sussexspaniels.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 172
  • Breed Referral Contact: Rosemary Cushman - 636-244-0579
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Sussex Spaniel Club of America-Rescue
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: Diane Chase (860) 564-3043 and Virginia Wilder (617) 314-3868
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.sussexspaniels.org/rescue.html
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