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Sussex Spaniel


Sussex Spaniel Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • AKC
  • Height
  • 13" - 15"
  • Weight
  • 35-45 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

None known.


The Sussex spaniel originated in 1795, however the breed was not defined until the early 1800's.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in Hastings in East Sussex, England.


In 1795, Mr. Fuller of Rosehill Park, Hastings in East Sussex, England began breeding gun dogs to work in districts where the terrain was rough and the undergrowth very dense which meant that a spaniel was needed which could give tongue or to alert the hunter on his quarry. Fuller crossed various breeds such as the liver and white Norfolk Spaniel (now extinct), the Field Spaniel, and possibly some early Springer Spaniels. The Sussex was bred specifically to inherit the barking ability that was not common in most Spaniel breeds during this era.


This is a muscular, rectangular-shaped dog. It has a strong head with heavy eyebrows and a wide, long skull. The muzzle is square and the lips are pendulous. It has a liver-colored nose and large, hazel eyes. The long, wide drop ears are set low. The tail is docked. There is a profuse, flat or slightly wavy, golden liver coat that is heaviest at the ears, legs and tail.


The Sussex spaniel is easygoing and friendly. It is a hard worker and protective of home and family.


This breed was used for tracking game however, today it is seen mostly as a companion.

Health Concerns

Cardiac problems, intervertebral disc syndrome, otitis externa.

Additional Information

It does best in a rural or suburban home.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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