Sussex Spaniel

Description

The Sussex Spaniel is a breed of short, but muscular build. Its legs are very short and well muscled. The front legs are straight for most types, but front legs that are slightly bowed are also acceptable. The back legs are well angled. The breed’s torso is moderately long. The head and muzzle are long; the muzzle more broad. There is a definite stop. It has large eyes and ears. The eyes are light brown. The ears are set below eye level and hang down past the chin. The ears are heavily feathered. It has a shorter than average neck that angles somewhat to its straight back. The breed’s tail is docked. Like most spaniels, its coat is wavy and lies close to its body. The coat is longest at the tail and body.

Temperament

The Sussex Spaniel is a very friendly breed that generally gets along with everyone in its household. This breed has patience and is very gentle with children. Although the Sussex Spaniel is obedient and responsive to training, it can be stubborn at times. It is also an excellent hunting companion. It can swim and run to capture game.

Height and Weight

The Sussex Spaniel is about 13-15 inches tall and weighs approximately 35-45 pounds.

Health Problems

The Sussex Spaniel is considered a very healthy breed. However, there are a few health problems associated with this breed. It may develop heart problems, otitis exerna, and intervertebral disc syndrome.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Sussex Spaniel is a breed that can live easily outdoors as it can indoors. If it resides outdoors it should stay enclosed in an average-size fence. Indoor types tend to remain active.

Exercise

Exercise comes easy for the Sussex Spaniel. Whether it resides indoors or outdoors, it gets much of the physical exercise it needs on its own. The breed enjoys engaging in training games, playing with its family, and going for long walks, swims, or runs.

Life Expectancy

The Sussex Spaniel tends to live 13 years.

Litter Size

The Sussex Spaniel has an average litter size of 5-6 puppies.

Grooming

The Sussex Spaniel should be brushed on a regular basis. Its coat should be brushed more during shedding season, but only a bit more than during the remainder of the year. Trimming is recommended when the fur on the ear and feet becomes too long.

Origin

The Sussex Spaniel originates from England.

Group

Sporting

Color

The coat of the Sussex Spaniel is chocolate /golden brown in color.