Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniels are a breed of Gundogs that originated in Rosehill, Sussex in Southern England around 1795 by a man named Mr. Fuller of Rosehill for the use as Hunting Dogs. Later on, more Clumber Spaniel blood was added to this breed. Sussex Spaniels were accepted as a dog breed by the American Kennel Club in 1884. Today, Sussex Spaniels are considerably uncommon canines that are rarely seen out of the Show Ring. Still Sussex Spaniels usually reside in areas of Southern England and are practically unheard of throughout the United States. Despite the fact that the Sussex Spaniels are less well known than other Gundog breeds like the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel, Sussexs are also wonderful canine companions with much to offer.

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Sussex Spaniel Appearance and Coat

The Sussex Spaniel Appearance

Sussex Spaniels are heavily built spaniels with many bodily similarities to that of the Clumber Spaniel. Considering their heftiness though, the Sussex Spaniel has relatively high levels of stamina. Sussex Spaniels display melancholy facial expressions with drooping upper lips and somewhat sagging eyes like a Bloodhounds or Basset Hounds. These Gundogs tend to show lighter colored brown to golden yellow eyes, semi dark brown eyes, and hazel eyes. These canines feature light brown noses that tend to match their coat colors; the Sussex dog breed has deep, defined, broad chests and semi short legs.

The Sussex Spaniel’s coat is long with feathering on their chests, lower bodies, ears, and tails. Sussex Spaniels exhibit double layered weather proof coats that are either wavy or loosely curled, with more curliness and waviness on the ears. These Gundogs tend to have coat color variations that range from chocolate brown, liver, liver golden, and golden browns with subtle highlights. Due to the fact that the Sussex Spaniel has a long coat, these canine companions require pretty much consistent daily grooming.

Sussex Spaniel Weight and Withers

Withers - The Sussex Spaniel's withers should measure between 13 to 15 inches in height.

Weight - Healthy Sussex Spaniels usually weigh within an average of 34 to 45 pounds.

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Sussex Spaniel Temperament and Personality

The Sussex Spaniel Temperament

Sussex Spaniels are a working Spaniel dog breed that are friendly, respond well to canine training, and are loyal to their owners; Sussexs tend to do best in small families. The average Sussex Spaniel temperament makes these Gundogs an amazing choice for only child families. Sussex Spaniels are in particularly reliable and are dogs that are good with children. Although Sussex Spaniels are incredibly gentle and friendly towards children, they do not tend to do well with other dogs if they're not socialized with canines from an early age, so it's important to make sure that whenever owning a Sussex Spaniel, you let your pooch interact with foreign dogs on a regular basis, so that your Sussex doesn't develop any dog aggression issues later in life.

Sussex Spaniel Dog Training

When it comes to canine training with these Spaniel Gundogs, they're usually easy to train and are highly obedient dogs. Sussex Spaniels are especially talented when it comes to being good hunting dogs and Gundogs. Remember like I said, it's necessary to socialize a Sussex Spaniel with strangers and dogs while your pooch is still a Sussex Spaniel puppy.

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