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The Sussex Spaniel is low set with a heavyset
build and has a unique coat with a rich
golden liver color. The development of the
breed in the 1800s is credited to Augustus
Fuller from East Sussex in England who had
desired a gun dog which could easily maneuver
in rough terrain - particularly thick clay
soil - and dense underbrush during the hunt.
It is believed the Field Spaniel, the Liver
and White Norfolk, hounds and quite possibly
early Springer Spaniels contributed to the
The American Kennel Club recognized the
Sussex Spaniel in the Sporting Group in
1884. After World War II, the breed suffered
greatly and there were only a few left.
It is claimed this small group is the foundation
of the majority of today's Sussex Spaniels.
The height of a Sussex Spaniel when measured
at the shoulder is between 13 - 15 inches
(33 - 38 cm).
The weight of a Sussex Spaniel is between
35 - 45 pounds (16 - 21 kg).
The Sussex Spaniel has an soft, silky, thick
and plentiful coat with little to no wave.
This breed is a moderate shedder.
The Sussex Spaniel's coat has a characteristic
rich, golden liver color.
The Sussex Spaniel is charismatic, calm
and friendly with a sweet disposition. This
breed makes a wonderful family companion
and is especially good with children. The
Sussex Spaniel thrives when he is with his
family therefore he should never be neglected
or left alone for long periods. This in
an intelligent breed that learns quickly,
although can be stubborn at times. It is
very important a Sussex Spaniel is socialized
and trained - starting at an early age.
Training should be firm, consistent, patient
and positive. The Sussex Spaniel's owner
always be dominant. This is a low to moderate
energy breed, but it is still important
these dogs are exercised daily - such as
Overall, the Sussex Spaniel is healthy
breed, although there are health issues
which can affect them such as heart related
problems, hip dysplasia, prostrate disease,
hypothyroidism and eye and deafness problems.
The average life span of a Sussex Spaniel
is between 12 - 14 years.
• The Sussex Spaniel is considered
a rare breed.
• The Sussex Spaniel has a very keen
• The Sussex Spaniel has a distinctive
gait which is described by the Westminster
Kennel Club as a "rolling gait and
a happy tail". No other Spaniel has
this type of movement.
• The American Kennel Club was formed
in 1884 and the Sussex Spaniel was one of
the first ten breeds officially recognized
in their Stud Book.
• A ten year old Sussex Spaniel by
the name of Clussexx Three D Ginchy Glee
a.k.a Stump - won Best in Show in 2009 at
the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Stump is the oldest dog to win this title.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Gundogs Group 3
CKC: Sporting Dogs Group 1
FCI: Group 8 Section 2 Flushing Dogs
UKC: Gun Dogs