Placid, affectionate, even-tempered, true-blue loyal: All are words used to describe this slow-but-steady hunter and congenial housedog. Patient with children and agreeable with other pets, Sussex are quick learners and eager to please—but they can be assertive, and adorable pups will quickly grow into powerful leash-pullers, so early socialization and training are essential. They enjoy walks with their families and are good with children and other dogs. A Sussex needs positive training. Obedience classes are wonderful, but an owner (or trainer) should never get rough with a Sussex. Puppies need to be socialized and introduced to whatever they will encourage in their lives, such as children, other dogs, cats and more. Sussex remember both good and bad things, and if they are hurt, they will never forget or truly forgive. Praise, practice, and perseverance are key. The breed’s numbers have always been small, but Sussex owners cherish their dogs’ unique look and kindly demeanor.
Did You Know?
The Sussex Spaniel is named after Sussex, England, where the first and most important kennel of these dogs was established.
The rich golden liver color of the Sussex is unique to the breed.
Specimens of the Sussex competed in Britain as far back as 1862.
The Sussex, though lacking the speed of the Springers and Cockers, possesses an extraordinarily good nose and is especially valuable for all forms of upland shooting.
The Sussex Spaniel was among the first ten breeds to be recognized and admitted to the Stud Book when the American Kennel Club was formed in 1884.
The standard ranks features of the Sussex into three categories in order of importance: color and general appearance; head, ears, back and back ribs, legs, and feet; and shoulders, tail, and coat. Likewise, faults fall into three corresponding categories, though there exist no disqualifications.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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