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The Sussex Spaniel, a dog with a cute face

The Sussex Spaniel has many qualities and yet is threatened with extinction. Hunting dog specialized in the report of small game, it is also an excellent companion of life.

Characteristics of the Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a solidly built dog with a very compact and rolling movement. It is a massive looking dog that measures between 38 and 41 cm and weighs between 20 and 25 kg. The animal is admired for its irresistible face. Well proportioned, the head develops a broad skull with a brown nose, a well marked stop and open nostrils. The eyes have hints of hazel brown and are large, without excess. They must reveal a look full of softness. As for the ears, they are large and thick while being set low and filled with wavy and silky hairs. The Sussex Spaniel owes its cozy appearance to its medium to long coat that is flat, abundant and rather shiny. The legs and the chest are furnished with bangs. The coat must be light brown, golden, intense and very bright. The standard has difficulty tolerating dark brown.

History of the Sussex Spaniel breed

The Sussex Spaniel comes from the eponymous English province. Its origins date back to the 18th century, making it one of the oldest breeds of Spaniels. Like a large majority of dog breeds, the Sussex Spaniel population was on the decline during World War II, but the breed was kept alive by a few passionate breeders who were committed to the breed and did the work necessary to maintain it. Unfortunately, these efforts were not enough since today, the Sussex Spaniel is on the way to extinction. In France, breedings are rare, because there are only 2 or 3 of them. Recently, the British Kennel Club has launched some actions to avoid extinction by creating among others a specialized association.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is above all a hunting dog that lifts and retrieves small game. In this activity, he shows tenacity and endurance. Today, he has exchanged this role for that of a pet dog. It is a pleasant animal to live with, charming, mischievous and full of enthusiasm. He has no problem living with children, but to be happy, his needs must be respected. It is a calm or active dog, which is attached to its masters, even if it is sometimes considered possessive. As for its education, it tends to be obstinate, but remains of good nature.

Diet and major health problems of the Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel can be affected by certain diseases such as patent ductus arteriosus, which causes a heart condition. Pathologies such as deafness, eyelid eversion, herniated discs or mitral insufficiency can appear. It is also very important to monitor pulmonary stenosis, which is manifested by a deformation of the lungs. Finally, hip dysplasia is to be feared. To be in good shape, the dog needs a quality diet that is compatible with his physical activities, his health and his age. Because of his slow growth, he must benefit from a food rich in essential nutrients during his first 3 years.