The Sussex Spaniel has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
In the 18th century, a breeder named Augustus Elliot Fuller developed what is considered to be the first kennel of Sussex Spaniels. Fuller, who lived in Sussex, England, bred spaniels with a deep, golden liver color for hunting game in thick brush and heavy clay. He used a variety of spaniel breeds to create the Sussex Spaniel, including the now extinct Norfolk Spaniel, Field Spaniel and early English Springer Spaniel.
The Sussex Spaniel weighs 35 to 45 pounds and measures 13 to 15 inches.
The Sussex Spaniel has a golden liver coat that can be straight or slightly wavy. The Sussex Spaniel’s coat can shed profusely and requires moderate upkeep. Their coat should be brushed weekly, bathed monthly and trimmed every few months.
Like all dogs, the Sussex Spaniel also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Sussex Spaniel is cheerful and friendly.
The Sussex Spaniel has a serious expression that masks their true personality. The Sussex Spaniel is happy and slightly clownish, with a deep affection for their family. The Sussex Spaniel is less playful and rambunctious than other spaniel breeds, but nevertheless enjoys romping around and taking part in new adventures.
No matter what the activity – hunting in the field or lounging around the living room – Sussex Spaniels are happiest when they can be around their loved ones. They crave companionship and will grow depressed without it. Sussex Spaniels are quite sociable and welcome new people and other dogs. They also get along well with children and can make great playmates thanks to their steady and pleasant disposition.
The Sussex Spaniel is not difficult to train as long as training starts early. The Sussex Spaniel has a stubborn streak and wants to be the dominant member of the household. They need a firm, but fair leader along with lots of positive reinforcement.
Once they understand the basics, Sussex Spaniels can go on to participate in obedience, agility, rally and tracking. Some Sussex Spaniels are also trained as therapy dogs.
The Sussex Spaniel loves spending time outside and is a great hunting companion, but is not overly energetic when it comes to other activities. The Sussex Spaniel is just fine with a daily walk and time outside in the yard to play a game or run around.