Sussex Spaniel

Sussex-SpanielSussex Spaniel History:

The Sussex Spaniel was developed in the southern part of England named Sussex. In the late 17th century, Mr. Fuller of the Rosehill park began breeding gun dogs for some specific purposes such as for work.The Sussex was bred specifically to inherit the barking ability that was not common in most Spaniel breeds. It is believed to be the result of the crosses of the liver and white Norfolk Spaniel, Field Spaniel, and possibly some Early Springer Spaniels.

Appearance:

It is normally no taller than 13–15 in and usually weighs about 35–45 lb with a roughly rectangular appearance. It has a unique coat only know to its breed, and it is the golden liver colored coat, but it can also be black and sandy. It is also very thick. It is very short and stocky. Its eyes are hazel in color and its ears are lobe-shaped.

Temperament:

The Sussex Spaniel is a slow paced and calm dog. He keeps his energy and has a clownish behavior. He is very eager around people and tend to be very nice and protective to the children and its family. They make excellent candidates for therapy dog work. They can also be an aid to hunters even though they are a bit stubborn. They are amazing especially when they are given proper training and its sense of smell is very keen.

Health:

They are generally healthy but can be affected by hip dysplasia, outer ear infections, whelping, and circulatory issues such as  heart conditions and blood valve conditions. Their average lifespan ranges from 12 to 15 years.