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Sussex Spaniel

SussexSpaniel

Loving and Loyal

Calm, Patient, Easygoing

Sussex Spaniels are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Sussex Spaniels, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Sussex Spaniel and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:13-15" Weight:35-45 lb Lifespan:11-13 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Sussex Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Sussex Spaniel. She can be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress. Always walk your Sussex on a leash, she has a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

She can be clownish and energetic at times, but she’s usually calm and happy. She does best in homes that can provide consistent and confident leadership.

Positive Traits:

  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Loving and loyal to her owners

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • People-oriented and eager to please

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Can be gassy and drool a lot

  • Doesn’t do well in the heat

  • Can seem stubborn

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

Whether you are considering adding a new Sussex Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Sussex Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Sussex Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health concerns a Sussex Spaniel could encounter: 

Bloat

Heart Disease

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Eyelid Abnormality

The Sussex Spaniel originated in England during the 1800’s for upland game hunting in dense underbrush. They were selectively bred for their golden liver color coat with distinctive feathering on the feet, legs, neck, and tail. The Sussex Spaniel is long and low to the ground and moves with a slow but deliberate gait. When on the hunt, the Sussex will bay like a hound when game is scented. They are the only Spaniel with this behavior. Sussex have moderate exercise needs and can be satisfied with long walks or hiking. The Sussex Spaniel is a cheerful and charming pet that excels in therapy work.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Sussex Spaniel shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

  • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Sussex Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Sussex Spaniel. She can be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress. Always walk your Sussex on a leash, she has a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

  • Characteristics

    She can be clownish and energetic at times, but she’s usually calm and happy. She does best in homes that can provide consistent and confident leadership.

    Positive Traits:

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Loving and loyal to her owners

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Can be gassy and drool a lot

    • Doesn’t do well in the heat

    • Can seem stubborn

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Sussex Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Sussex Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Sussex Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health concerns a Sussex Spaniel could encounter: 

    Bloat

    Heart Disease

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Eyelid Abnormality

  • History

    The Sussex Spaniel originated in England during the 1800’s for upland game hunting in dense underbrush. They were selectively bred for their golden liver color coat with distinctive feathering on the feet, legs, neck, and tail. The Sussex Spaniel is long and low to the ground and moves with a slow but deliberate gait. When on the hunt, the Sussex will bay like a hound when game is scented. They are the only Spaniel with this behavior. Sussex have moderate exercise needs and can be satisfied with long walks or hiking. The Sussex Spaniel is a cheerful and charming pet that excels in therapy work.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Sussex Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

    • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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