The Sussex Spaniel is a rare breed that has many unique characteristics. They can be physically identified by their long and low bodies and their golden liver colored coats. These pups are very loving and adore being around other people and dogs. They are one of the most sensitive breeds, so they will not respond well to any kind of harsh treatment.
This breed was originally developed in the mid 19th century in Sussex County, England. They were bred to flush birds into the air for their hunter counterparts. The Sussex Spaniel is a relatively slow-moving dog, but they will spring into action when they scent or see birds. This dog is still primarily found in the field and is happiest when they are outdoors. If there are no birds for them to chase, they will be more than happy to try to catch a butterfly or insect in the garden, basically anything that flies!
These 35-45 pound dogs are extremely vocal and will howl to communicate with their people. Their barking does make them excellent watchdogs, but the neighbors nearby may not be especially pleased. An unusual behavior that the Sussex Spaniel displays is an act called kippering, which is when the dog stretches out their back legs behind them and drags themselves forward. This will appear bizarre when you see it, but this is a common trait for this breed to display.
The personality of the Sussex Spaniel is easygoing, and they are even-tempered. They crave the attention and affection of their humans, and nothing will make them happier than spending the entire day with you. Since these hunting dogs love the outdoors, they will do great with people that enjoy going on long hikes. They may not be the quickest dogs, but they have an incredible level of stamina and you can be sure that they will keep up with just about any activity that you are venturing out on.
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