Height: 13-15 inches
Weight: 35-45 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Despite its somewhat somber expression, the Sussex spaniel is a cheerful
and affectionate dog with a constantly wagging tail. These dogs get along
with children if raised with them and are usually friendly with strangers.
They are sociable with other dogs, though sometimes they try to dominate.
They can be difficult to train, and some may bark or howl excessively. Sussex
spaniels can adjust to city life as long as they are given enough exercise.
The Sussex spaniel's abundant coat is flat or slightly wavy and a rich,
golden liver color. A serious expression; long, lobe-shaped ears covered
with soft, wavy hair; a well-marked neck frill; and moderately feathered
legs (above the hocks) distinguish the Sussex spaniel.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Sussex needs to be brushed and combed two to three times a week and
trimmed every three months. This dog needs several long, brisk walks daily.
The Sussex spaniel originated in the 19th century in Sussex, England, where
it was used as a field dog, bred to be slow moving so that hunters could
follow on foot.
Breed-related health concerns: heart defects, intervertebral disc
protrusion, ear infections.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club