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Sussex Spaniel

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Sussex Spaniel

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Dog Group Kennel Club Gundog
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.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
They generally eat about 350gms of food per day. As a rule they will adapt to most foods, however some puppies can be difficult eaters.
Other Expenses
The average price of a puppy is £350-£400. The only other expense that should be considered is health insurance.
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
4
General Physical Description
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.
Height Min Max
Bitch 38cm 41cm
Dog 38cm 41cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 23kg 23kg
Dog 23kg 23kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range These dogs measure between 38 - 41cms at the withers and weigh approximately 23kgs.
Ailments The Sussex Spaniel does not appear to suffer from many health problems, just the usual spaniel ailments.
Common Ailments Bones (Developmental) - Hip dysplasia
Susceptibility To Illness
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History 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.
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.
Show Characteristics The head should be wide and give the overall appearance of being well balanced. The muzzle is short with well developed nostrils. The jaws are strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be hazel in colour, relatively large with a gentle, soft expression. The ears are thick, large, low set and lie close to the head, they are covered with soft, wavy hair. The neck should be long, strong and slightly arched. They have a well developed deep chest that is not too wide or round. They should appear level and have no apparent waist from the withers to the hips. The legs should be rather short, strong, well boned and muscular and are moderately feathered. The back legs should not appear shorter than the front legs. The feet are found, well padded with lots of feathering between the toes. They move with a distinctive rolling gait. The tail is customarily docked, low set and never carried above the level of the topline, it is also thickly covered in hair but not feathered. Their coat is abundant, flat and weather resistant. The preferred colour for the show ring is rich golden liver with the hair shading to golden at the tip. Dark liver is undesirable.
Country Of Origin England
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Characteristics
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Energy Medium
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection High
Suitability As Guard Dog Low
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
Low
General Character And Temperament 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.
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Coat Length Short/Medium
Grooming Requirement > Once a week
Trimming Occassional
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming 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.
Colour They are a rich golden liver colour shading to gold at the hair tips.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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