Sussex Spaniel - Facts You Must Know Before Adopting a Sussex Spaniel

  • 18/01/2011

Breed Description
The Sussex Spaniel is a breed with short legs and long body. This chestnut-furred breed still maintains the same appearance during the time he was developed in England. Stockiest among all spaniels, they usually weigh around 35-50 pounds, and stands 13-16 inches tall.

The coat of the Sussex Spaniel is profuse, abundant, and wavy without the tendency to curl. With weather-resistant inner coat, this breed can stand extreme climate. They usually come in golden liver hues, to golden at the tip of their fur, with the gold as the predominating color.

The Sussex Spaniels require vigorous exercise regularly or else they will gain weight easily even if fed normally. Long daily walks or run will keep this breed in good shape, and will prevent behavioral problems as well. It is important that they get used to exercising at a young age, while their bones are still developing. They love outdoor games such as swimming, but should always be kept on a leash due to their inclination to run off to follow interesting sounds.

The Sussex Spaniel is a placid and slow-paced breed that has a relatively comical behavior. Energetic and enthusiastic, this breed is almost always willing to be around people. They are generally great with children, and can be a little protective of family. Making an excellent candidate for therapy work, most of these dogs are usually family pets, but can be equally competent to hunt. They are known to be naturally skilled to quarter the field, and with excellent sense of scent, can be used to retrieve if provided with training.

An intelligent and well-adapted breed to hunting and retrieving, the Sussex Spaniel is calm and commonly collected dog. They are usually used for hunting, and are devoted dogs for their master and their jobs. The muscular body of this powerful breed is used to flush games out from the underbrush.

The medium-coated Sussex Spaniel must be combed and/or brushed on a regular basis. They are known to get dirty ears and very prone to ear infection. So, it is important to constantly checking and cleaning the ears. Plucking is recommended to get rid of dead hair, and should only be used by experienced groomers.

The willingness to learn and intelligence of the Sussex Spaniel makes them very trainable. The ideal training environment for this breed is a lot of fun and interesting activities. It is important to keep training sessions exciting and snappy as they can easily pick up on what is taught to them. They are generally playful, and are open to learn anything that they find appealing. But, if they are handled in an impatient manner, they can be noncompliant to any kind of activity. They are generally easy to handle, and will not require a professional trainer.

An excellent hunting companion, the Sussex Spaniel has a serious expression that is versatile. They make great family pet, with a soft spot on the family. This affectionate breed has a calm and gentle disposition in life.

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