Other name: Sussex Spaniel

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The Sussex-Spaniel is a medium-sized dog of a massive and sturdy build. It differs from other Spaniel-type dogs by its movement: its characteristic gait is rolling and collected.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 21 kg to 25 kg From 38 cm to 41 cm
Male From 21 kg to 25 kg From 38 cm to 41 cm
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History of the breed

The Sussex-Spaniel originates from the province of Sussex in England . It is one of the oldest breeds of Spaniels, but also the rarest. It was in the 18th century that the breed as we know it today would have appeared. The Sussex-Spaniel almost died out after WWII , but passionate breeders have strived to preserve the breed. Among them, Miss Scholefield distinguished herself with her kennels for almost 60 years.

Despite the great efforts made by fans of the breed in Great Britain, it is still endangered today and the population remains quite low. In France, there are only 2 to 3 farms. In 2003, the British Kennel Club declared the breed to be endangered. To help preserve it, an association was created with 200 members. The Sussex-Spaniel breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on December 31, 1954.

Sussex-Spaniel Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: abundant, flat, never curled, associated with a very thick undercoat. The whole gives it a good resistance to bad weather. Generous fringes on the front and rear legs.
Its color: intense golden brown, passing to golden at the end.
His head: well proportioned. The skull is large, with a slight curvature between the 2 ears. Never flat, nor domed, but characterized by a depression in the center. The stop is pronounced.
His ears: large, thick, set rather low, lying against the head, furnished with soft and wavy fringes.
His eyes: quite large, without being prominent, hazel-colored, displaying a gentle expression.
His body: the trunk is strong and horizontal in its entirety, the back is well developed and muscular. The chest well let down, but neither too round nor too broad.
Its tail: set low, moderately trimmed with fringes, moderately long, never carried above the line of the back, animated with a lively movement. In the past, cropped to a length of 13-18cm.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Sussex-Spaniel is an energetic , active and hard-working dog. When hunting, he is as tenacious as he is expressive: he gives voice while tracking game, a bit like scent hounds. As a family, the Sussex-Spaniel is a pleasant and easy-going companion thanks to its affectionate and cheerful character. He gets along rather well with his fellows, but can sometimes be quite dominant.

The Sussex-Spaniel must be socialized early and extensively to lessen its dominance with its peers. Both firm and fair education is necessary to signal to the dog that his master is the pack leader.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Sussex-Spaniel is especially made to live in the countryside and have the opportunity to exercise his favorite activity: hunting. However, he can adapt to city life if he is walked around and stimulated enough.


Ease of gaining weight

the Sussex-Spaniel is a rather robust dog, which is particularly resistant to bad weather thanks to its double coat. However, the breed has a predisposition to certain diseases : hip dysplasia, persistent ductus arteriosus and pulmonary stenosis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Sussex-Spaniel dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Sussex-Spaniel is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Sussex-Spaniel requires regular maintenance , especially in terms of brushing which must be daily. It is also necessary to be very careful with the quality of its diet due to its slow growth . We therefore prefer 2 rations per day rather than just one, knowing that an adult Sussex-Spaniel can eat up to 400 grams of kibble per day.

He needs a lot of exercise to burn off . He is above all a hunter, who must therefore be able to remain active and benefit from long daily walks.

It is recommended to brush the dog daily to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of his coat.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Sussex-Spaniel is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Sussex-Spaniel is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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