Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other NamesSussex
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSporting Group
Gun Dogs
Bred ForHunting in a rough terrain
Life Span13-15 years
Ideal Weight35-45 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height13-15 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeSilky, weather-resistant
Common ColorsGolden Liver
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToClumber Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel is serious looking breed with cheerful and friendly behavior which was bred for hunting and retrieve game.

They are even-tempered canine which is a slow but steady hunter and congenial housedog. With proper training and socialization, the steady Sussex is an amazing companion.

Origin And History Of Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a Spaniel dog whose name has been derived from its native Sussex, England. They are dogs with a strong sense of smell but are slower in comparison to most of Spaniels. As a matter of fact, these dogs were not owned by hunters in America, as those hunters required a dog that could hunt faster.

Sussex Spaniel was developed probably during the mid-nineteenth century. Augustus Elliot Fuller (owner of Rosehill) is credited for developing this breed. It is believed that he crossed a variety of Spaniel breeds and Springer with hounds to create the Sussex Spaniel.

Is Sussex Spaniel Safe With Kids?

The Suxxes Spaniel is gentle and calm dogs which do well with kids especially if raised together. Breeders recommend them for homes with older children who know how to interact with dogs.

Sussex puppies are fragile and can be easily injured if they are dropped, careless, hit or stepped on by young kids, therefore supervision by an adult is recommended.

Temperament, Personality And Behavior

The temperaments of Sussex Spaniels are affectionate, even-tempered, loyal and gentle. They are loving, companionable and thrives for families where they are not left alone at their own for hours every day. They tend to follow their family member’s around and enjoys companies of other dogs and pets as well.

Sussex Spaniel Are Adaptable
Sussex Spaniel Dog Personality.
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A Sussex Spaniel has a friendly and fun-loving personality and they often tend to create a strong bond with their family members and can develop anxious and destructive behavior if being ignored.

Sussex Spaniels love people and can be possessive of their own family member. Therefore its quite important to give them early socialization to prevent their possessive behavior. They generally do well with people they know but can be aggressive and wary towards people they don’t know.


A Sussex Spaniel is quite versatile and talented dog breed but they can be challenging to train. They are stubborn at times, therefore, training a Sussex Spaniel requires high patience, kindness and a strong sense of humor. They respond well to praise and rewards but will not respond well if you apply harsh training on them.

Sussex Spaniels are very strong and powerful dogs, so it’s essential to train them from their puppy age onwards before it becomes hard to handle them


Quick facts about Sussex Spaniels:

  • Today, the Sussex Spaniel ranks 154th among the 157 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club.
  • Two men named Moses Woodland and Campbell Newington is credited with shaping the Sussex Spaniel into the dog we know today.
  • Sussex Spaniel won “Best In Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club in 2009.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism,
Patellar Luxation, Heart Problems
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shdder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil
Milk Thistle

Like all dog breeds, the Sussex is prone to certain genetic or environmental diseases, which include:

  • Hip Dysplasia: A disease that occurs when their hip joint is weakened due to abnormal growth and development.
  • Pulmonic Stenosis: A heart disease where the blood does not flow properly through the heart due to a narrowing of the region between the right ventricle and pulmonary artery. 
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease ( IVDd): A disease that occurs when a disc in the spine ruptured or herniates and pushes upward into the spinal cord.


The Sussex Spaniel dogs are found only in Golden Liver Color.


Sussex Spaniel Puppies Are Very Calm
Picture of Cute Sussex Spaniel Puppies Image Via Pet4Homes

A Sussex Spaniel dog gives birth in an average of 5-6 puppies at a time. A puppy of this breed can cost you in an average of $2400-$2600.

Which Dogs Are They Similar To?

Dogs similar to Sussex Spaniels are:

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