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Sussex Spaniel (Standing, Face)
Standing, Face

Breed Information


2022: #192

2021: #177

2020: #172

2019: #176

2018: #180

2017: #161

2016: #172

2015: #173

Name Sussex Spaniel
Other names Sussex
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:1884)

Gun Dogs (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years







Height 15-16 inches (38-40 cm)
Weight 40-44 pounds (18-20 kg)



Litter Size 5-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $3000 USD

The Sussex Spaniel is a rarer breed of dog and can be difficult to find a breeder in your area. The average price for a Sussex Spaniel puppy is between $2000.00 - $3000.00, but every breeder is different and will price their puppies differently.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Sussex Spaniel will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient. This breed can live outdoors in temperate climates as long as it has warm shelter, but it generally does better as a house dog that also has access to a yard.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The Sussex Spaniel needs to be exercised regularly by taking it on a daily walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way and that leader needs to be the human. Not only does the dog need a walk to satisfy its natural migration instinct, but it will quickly put on weight if it gets too little exercise. It enjoys retrieving and swimming and being outdoors in the woods and fields, but bear in mind it has a tendency to follow its nose. This breed may howl if not properly exercised and left alone.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Sussex Spaniel Puppy (Brown, Lying)
Brown, Lying

Sussex Spaniel Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Simba Daisy
03 Rocky Callie
04 Finn Chloe
05 Oliver Angel
06 Brody Coco
07 Teddy Lexi
08 Sam Izzy
09 Hank Stella
10 Bruno Dixie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The long, low, "rectangular" body, coupled with a muscular and rather massive physique, allows the Sussex to penetrate dense cover when hunting. Its movement is deliberate and rolling because of its short legs and comparatively wide body, a gait that emphasizes power over speed. The abundant body coat is flat or slightly wavy, giving protection from thorns. A distinctive feature is the long feather between the toes, which should be long enough to cover the toenails. The expression is somber and serious, even frowning, but the wagging tail belies its true nature. The Sussex tends to bark when hunting, which helps the hunter locate it in thick cover.

The Sussex spaniel tends to be less playful and demonstrative than other spaniels, with a lower energy level. This makes it better suited for city life, but it still appreciates the chance to take to the wilds and hunt up birds. It tends to bark when hunting, which has made it less popular with hunters than other breeds; some also bark or howl when not hunting. At home it is calm, steady and easygoing, although it may be aggressive to strange dogs. Its somber expression is misleading because it is quite cheerful.


The Sussex Spaniel is a fairly rare breed. It was developed in the 1800s in Sussex, England. It is a small-game hunter and companion dog. The breed was probably developed from crosses of spaniels with hounds. The dogs were used as field hunting dogs. Their slow pace along with their fine nose, good strength and stamina made them popular for hunters on foot flushing and retrieving upland game. The breed’s numbers plummeted during World War II. An English breeder by the name of Joy Freer is credited for saving the breed. Joy owned eight of these dogs which she saved and fed during the war. Most of today's Sussex Spaniels are direct descendants from her dogs. The Sussex Spaniel was recognized by the AKC in 1884. It was one of the original nine breeds recognized by the AKC. Some of the Sussex Spaniel's talents include: tracking, hunting, retrieving and watchdog. It is the only spaniel to bay while hunting.

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