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GENERALBreed group: Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Retrieving, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 35-45 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Dark Brown / Chocolate
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 12-15 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Sussex Spaniel originated in England and was bred to chase game out of hiding and locate/retrieve them for their owner. They are thought to be a mixture of various Springer Spaniels and the Field Spaniel. This breed came very close to extinction and were selectively bred to a safe level but are still a rarity today. This breed has a long body and shortened muscular legs giving their body a high resemblance to the Basset Hound and the Clumber Spaniel. Their eyes are large and they have long, floppy ears. The Sussex Spaniel will have a long muzzle, wide chest and big paws. Naturally these dogs have a long tail, but will be docked for show purposes. The Sussex Spaniel is a very docile, sweet breed that has a laid back attitude. They are energetic while working but for the most part are at ease and take life at a slow pace. This breed is not common, but will make a great family pet because they adore children and interact well with other animals. Sussex Spaniels have a stubborn streak, but are generally obedient and want nothing but to please their masters.
The Sussex Spaniel will come in a golden liver which is a light reddish brown coloring. This is the only color that is accepted for show standards and it must be solid or the dog will be disqualified.
This breed has a long, straight coat that cascades from their belly, chest, tail and legs. Their fur is flat but will be loosely wavy at the ends and is fine to the touch. The Sussex Spaniel will only need a moderate amount of grooming for their fur and brushing them 3-4 times per week will be sufficient.
The Sussex Spaniel is an intelligent dog but will need an owner who can be gentle and repetitive with their training. These dogs can have a willful attitude at times and will need their owner to be firm when necessary. They love to be the center of attention and will live up every moment of it! The Sussex Spaniel should not be left alone too often because they might take up barking as an extracurricular activity as well as become very lonely. Despite their working abilities and skills, the Sussex Spaniel makes a fantastic pet. They are renowned for their calm persona and can be owned by elderly, couples, and families. These merry, amiable dogs will make a good house pet and excellent watchdog, prepared to alert the family at a moments notice.
The Sussex Spaniel will need a moderate amount of grooming to upkeep their coat. Brushing a few times per week and bathing every 1-2 months will be excellent. This breed is prone to Intervertebral Disc Disease and ear infections but both of these ailments are due to their physical build. They will become overweight if they?re fed too much so their owner will need to monitor the food intake.
The Sussex Spaniel will need a gentle owner who can train them using firm and repetitive methods. They can be stubborn so will need consistency as well as shorter lessons for them to grasp obedience. If the training sessions are made to be fun, this breed will relate commands to positive outcomes and they will want to continue to learn.
This breed will need about an hour of exercise per day to tire them out. Trips to an off-leash park or longer walks will be perfect. Although they are a more calm breed, when out for exercise, they become quite energetic and will run around excitedly! The Sussex Spaniel will do well in a household environment because they need as much space as they can get to live in. A backyard would be preferable so they can have access to an outdoor area at home.