Sussex Spaniel
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Photo courtesy of Laurence Robert,

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

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Great Britain


Males: Approximately 14 to 16 inches (35-51 cm)
Females: Approximately 13 to 15 inches (33-38 cm)


Males: 45 lbs (20 kg) or more
Females: 40 lbs (18 kg) or more

Breed Profile:

The Sussex Spaniel was developed in Sussex County, England as a working spaniel. He was used there since the 18th century as a field dog, with his job being to force his way under low and dense undergrowth to flush out game. The breed was among the first ten breeds to be recognized and admitted to the Stud Book when the American Kennel Club was formed in 1884.

In appearance and character, today's Sussex Spaniel is essentially unchanged from those of the 19th century. He is long, low to the ground, massive, energetic and strong. He has a cheerful and affectionate temperament but with a somber and serious expression.

The Sussex Spaniel is a loyal, devoted dog who enjoys constant companionship. If raised with them, the Sussex is also generally very good with children and other pets. The Sussex is an active breed who enjoys many sports and activities, including conformation shows, obedience trials, hunting, tracking, agility, as well as working as a Therapy Dog.

His coat is flat or slightly wavy, fine in texture, abundant and with an undercoat that is weather resistant. His colour is a rich golden liver with golden shading toward the tips of the hairs and is unique to the breed.

Health Issues

The Sussex Spaniel has relatively few health concerns with the most serious being heart related. In addition, Hypothyroidism, prostate disease, deafness and some eye problems do exist. Hip Dysplasia is fairly common in the breed but generally not debilitating.

If you are considering the adoption of a Sussex Spaniel puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

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Training Resources

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

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