Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a dog with a strong constitution and characteristic swaying, originally from England. Its coat is abundant and smooth, with a golden liver color. In temperament, it is a gentle, good-natured dog with a natural ability to work.

General details

The breed has a strong constitution, with a weight that varies between 16 and 20 kilograms and a height that ranges between 33 and 38 centimeters. The life expectancy of the breed is 13 to 15 years. The Sussex Spaniel belongs to Group 8 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes hunting retrievers and lifters, and water dogs.

Breed history in brief

In the 18th century, hunting enthusiasts in the English county of Sussex created a variety of Spaniel that was perfectly adapted to the harsh conditions of the terrain. Because their height was low and the vegetation high, the Sussex developed a barking and mumbling language to indicate their location to human hunters. To this day, Sussexes tend to be more vocal than other Spaniels, using their distinctive vocalizations to communicate and signal prey. Over the years, Sussex Spaniels have remained true to their origins as hunting dogs and loyal companions. Today, it is appreciated as a distinctive breed, not only for its usefulness in hunting, but also for its charm and endearing character in the home.

Breed characteristics

The Sussex Spaniel is a strongly built and energetic dog. It has hazel eyes, thick lobed ears that fall close to the skull, and a tail that can be docked or of medium length, never carried above the topline. The coat is abundant and smooth, with undercoat for added protection. The ears have soft, wavy hair, the limbs are moderately fringed and the tail is well covered with hair but not fringed. Its characteristic color is a vivid golden liver with golden tones on the tips. The Sussex Spaniel combines a natural working ability with a friendly, good-natured personality. It is a dog that shows enthusiasm and dedication in its work, and at the same time is affectionate and gentle in its dealings with people. His balanced temperament and willingness to adapt make him a reliable and loving companion for the whole family.

Common health problems

The Sussex Spaniel breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as conjunctivitis, osteochondrosis, cataract, hemophilia A, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, pulmonary stenosis, retinal dysplasia and von Willebrand's disease.

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