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Sussex Spaniel

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 45 lbs.

Height: 13" - 16"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: This rare breed has been plagued with many hereditary conditions due to its small genetic pool. Efforts are being made in the UK and U.S. to bring this dog back to larger numbers and better health.

Origin: England (1700s)

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Sussex Spaniel requires frequent walks, runs, romps and play sessions. This breed prefers hunting activities.

Grooming Needs

The Sussex Spaniel requires regular brushing.

Temperament

This rare breed is laid back, friendly and devoted to its family. The Sussez Spaniel hardly ever lets family members out of sight and is prone to following owners around all day. This is a dog that thrives on companionship. However, it has a tendency to be more territorial than most other spaniels, which often results in wariness of strangers and snapping if it feels its space or property is being invaded. Sussex Spaniels are easily trainable and learn quickly. This dog is best suited for a hunter, but can entertain itself with its own prey (bugs, butterflies, rodents) if kept primarily as a companion.

Compatibility with Kids

Incredibly kid friendly

History

Always on the verge of extinction, this breed has survived with the help of a handful of devoted breeders since the late 1700s. During WWII, British breeder Joy Freer single-handedly preserved the breed by borrowing food from anyone who would donate it to maintain her dogs' health and weight. Her dedication helped maintain her eight dogs through the years of government food rationing. Practically all of today's Sussex Spaniels are descendants of these eight WWII canine survivors.