Breed Information Centre

Spaniel (Sussex)


Illustration of Spaniel (Sussex)

A heavily built dog with a rich golden-liver coat that is abundant and flat, the Sussex Spaniel is an old breed of great substance. He is somewhat unusual among gundogs in that he tends to give tongue when working.

His mode of progression is characterised by a distinct roll, and he gives the impression of being a loose-framed dog, but with well boned limbs and powerful muscles. He has a wider head than many Spaniels, and his rather wrinkled brows give him a frowning look. However, that is as far as the frown goes, because he is a kindly dog as capable of being a family dog in a country household as he is of crashing his way through thick cover.

This is another breed that deserves more general acclaim than has been his lot of recent years.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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