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The Sussex Spaniel is a rather rare breed and was developed in the English county of Sussex in the early part of the 19th century. This breed is a hunter of small game and also serves as a companion dog. It is believed that the Sussex Spaniel was developed from crosses of hounds with spaniels and the breed was originally used as a field hunting dog. The Sussex Spaniel has an excellent sense of smell combined with good strength and stamina, which makes this an excellent hunting dog. Although numbers of the Sussex Spaniel dropped dramatically during World War II, English breeder Joy Freer worked hard to help save the breed. The Sussex Spaniel was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1884 and was actually one of the first breeds to be recognised by the AKC.

Body Type

This strong and very large dog has a low body and a wide skull that is moderately long and often heavy with a full stop. The muzzle appears to be square when the dog is in profile and is approximately seven centimetres long. The breed has a liver coloured nose and large hazel eyes, while the eats are low set, long and hanging, while they are also covered with soft, wavy fur. The well developed chest is deep and the legs are rather short compared to the size of the body. The coat is either slightly wavy or flat and features feathering on the legs, feet, tail and leg, while it is usually a rich golden brown colour.


The Sussex Spaniel is not as outgoing as many other...

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