Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel History/Evolution:

The Sussex Spaniel owes it name to the kennel in Sussex, England, that was an important part of the breed’s development in the early 1800s. This small land Spaniel, though not as fast as others of its type, had a good nose and was skilled at working through dense underbrush. Unfortunately, the breed’s popularity with hunters was short lived, and the Sussex came close to extinction during the 1900s. Still rare, the Sussex is treasured by people who appreciate its lovely coat and deceptively somber expression.

Sussex Spaniel Size:

Small to medium; 13 to 15 inches, 35 to 45 pounds.

Sussex Spaniel Color:

Rich golden liver.

Sussex Spaniel Temperament:

Cheerful, and mellower than other spaniels. Calm in the home, but may bark or howl if left out of activities. Fine with animals and children.

Sussex Spaniel Energy level:


Sussex Spaniel Best owner:

Family or owner in a suburban or rural home.

Sussex Spaniel Needs:

Daily exercise (a walk or backyard romp), fenced yard, human attention, obedience training, early socialization, brushing two to three times a week.

Sussex Spaniel Life expectancy:

11 to 12 years.