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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

Main sporting role:
Retrieving, Hunting, Flushing
Size:
Medium
Lifespan:
Over 10 years
Exercise:
More than 2 hours a day
Coat length:
Medium
Vulnerable status:
Yes

The Sussex spaniel is a rare breed with a rich history and great depth of character, founded by Augustus Fuller in the early 1800s to hunt and flush game in the heavy cover of his estate near Hastings. It is powerfully built, compact and low to the ground with a thick golden liver coat. Slower paced than springers or cockers, it has a great stamina and hunts methodically close to the Gun.

This spaniel has a multi-faceted personality, ranging from comic to defiant. It is happiest outdoors and adapts well to kennels. Faithful and protective of its owner, it may not tolerate young children. It can be socialised to other pets if they are not dominant.

The Sussex is mainly used for rough shooting and in the beating line, but it can be trained for any spaniel job. Historically it was expected to ‘give tongue’ at work but this trait has been bred out of modern lines.

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