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Sussex Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Sussex Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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Sussex Spaniel
OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Sussex Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Sussex
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Sussex Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Sussex Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Price
How much does the Sussex Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Sussex Spaniel price:
$2400-$2600
If you choose to purchase the Sussex Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Sussex Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Sussex Spaniel gets to a happy place.

Sussex Spaniel History

The Sussex Spaniel was developed in the English county of Sussex as their name already suggests, at an estate called Rosehill, sometimes between the late 1700s and the mid-1800s. Two men are credited with developing and evolving the Sussex Spaniels into the breed it is today. Their idea was to create a breed whose short legs and burly torso is perfectly suited to hunting feathered game while crawling through the region’s clay soil, thick hedgerows, and dense underbrush. Because of the fact that the breed was created to be close to the ground, being low, and the cover usually was pretty high, the Sussex Spaniel needed to develop a language of barks and babbling to mark their location to human huntsmen. This distinguishing mark stayed in their DNA, making the Sussex Spaniel be more vocal than other Spaniels. The Sussex though lacks the speed of the Springers and Cockers, but it possesses an extraordinarily good nose which is especially valuable for all forms of uploading shooting. Another unique mark for the breed is the rich golden live color.

One of these two breeders was named Moses Woolland, who obtained his first Sussex Spaniel in 1882, and after that, he went out and successfully bred both the show and field lines too. His dogs did not exactly match the Sussex Spaniels we know today, yet there were many significant similarities. The other breeder was called Campbell Newington, who commenced his breeding processes in 1887. Newington’s dogs had also shown many similarities to the Sussex Spaniel as it is today. Working together, these two men started breeding dogs whose types and qualities were consistent and homogenous. The standard for the breed was drawn up in the late 19th century. Not much after this, the breed had reached its peak of popularity, yet after Woolland’s death, Newington was left alone in his efforts to preserve the Sussex Spaniel and form keeping the breed far from being on the brink of extinction. Then, J. E. Kerr got interested in the breed and began producing litters of his own in 1909. It is safe to state that without the efforts of these men, the breed would have fully disappeared by now.

After the First World War, the Sussex Spaniel’s popularity and numbers decreased even further. In 1921, Newington welcomed his last litter of Sussex Spaniels, and it seemed that the breed might pass into complete extinction, however, fortunately, the breed did not. After the Second World War, the privations and the aggravations posed another challenge for the breed to overcome, because dog breeding was almost ceased in England. Joy Freer is credited with the breed’s saving, with her efforts, and well-planned breeding program. She spent almost 60 years breeding and perfecting the DNA in her dogs’ lines. The first Sussex Spaniel was imported to the United States shortly before the Great Depression and more followed the following years, prior to World War II. The breed back then was unsuccessful in attracting the general public.

In 1969, three of the breed’s specimens were imported to the United States, and later eleven more followed them. They are considered to be the basis of the American population of the Sussex Spaniels. Nowadays the breed is still considered to be rare, however, through an understanding of the value of these cheerful spaniels, the breed gained a bit of a respite from the threat of endangerment. Captivatingly, the Sussex Spaniel was among the first nine breeds to be admitted and recognized to the Stud Book when the AKC (American Kennel Club) was formed in 1884.

Sussex Spaniel General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Sussex Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Sussex Spaniel weigh? Sussex Spaniel weight:
Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Sussex Spaniel? Sussex Spaniel average weight:
Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Sussex Spaniel? Sussex Spaniel height:
15-16 inches (38-40 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Sussex Spaniel average height:
15.5 inches (39 cm)

Sussex Spaniel Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Sussex Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickWavyStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Sussex Spaniel's coat?
BrownRed
Grooming
How to groom the Sussex Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Sussex Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Sussex Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Sussex Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Sussex? Sussex Spaniel shedding level:
Sussex Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Sussex Spaniel Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Sussex Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CalmCompanionableFriendlyCheerfulDevotedSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Sussex Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Sussex Spaniel obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Sussex Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Sussex Spaniels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Sussex Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Sussex Spaniel sensitivity:
Sussex Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Sussex Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Sussex need? Sussex Spaniel social needs:
Sussex Spaniels need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Sussex Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Sussex bark?
Nagyon sokat: Sussex Spaniel kimondottan hangos fajta. Gyakran élvezik az ugatást és a hangos vonyítást. Ha csendes kutyát szeretnél, nem a legjobb választás. Az ugatás legfontosabb kiváltó okai: félelem, figyelemfelkeltés, riasztás, unalom, üdvözlés, szeparációs szorongás, kényszeres ugatás és védekezés.
Watchdog Ability
Is Sussex Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Sussex Spaniels are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Sussex Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Sussex Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Sussex Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Sussex? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Sussex Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Sussex Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Sussex Spaniel do?
Sussex Spaniels have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Sussex Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Sussex Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Sussex Spaniel roam?
Sussex Spaniels are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Sussex Spaniel have high prey drive?
Sussex Spaniels don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Sussex Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Sussex Spaniel, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Sussex Spaniel tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Sussex Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Sussex Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Sussex Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Sussex Spaniel temperament with other people:
Sussex Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Sussex Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Sussex Spaniel temperament with children:
Sussex Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Sussex Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Sussex Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Sussex Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Sussex Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Sussex Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Sussex Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Sussex Spaniels good office dogs? Do Sussex Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Sussex Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Sussex Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Sussex Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Sussex temperament with senior people? Are Sussex Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Sussex Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Sussex Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Sussex Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Sussex Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Sussex Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Sussex Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Sussex Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Sussex Spaniel be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Sussex Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Sussex Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Sussex Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a boat dog?
Not really
Sussex Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Sussex Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Sussex Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Sussex Spaniel Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Sussex Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Sussex Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Sussex Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Sussex Spaniel be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Sussex Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Sussex Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Sussex Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Sussex Spaniel?
Sussex Spaniels have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Sussex Spaniel dogs require per day?
Sussex Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Sussex Spaniels like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Sussex Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Sussex Spaniel risk for obesity:
High: The Sussex Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Sussex Spaniel more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Sussex Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Sussex Spaniel can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Sussex Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Sussex Spaniel drool?
The Sussex Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Sussex Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Sussex Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Sussex Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Sussex Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Sussex Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Sussex Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-6 puppies

Sussex Spaniel Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Drooling tendency: The Sussex Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Sussex Spaniels have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Sussex Spaniels are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Sussex Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Sussex Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Sussex Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Sussex Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Sussex Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Sussex Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Office Friendly: Sussex Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Sussex Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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