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Cocker Spaniels are one of the most readily recognised breeds and have been among the most popular pets for many years. When first meeting a Sussex Spaniel many people presume it is a Cocker Spaniel with short legs, however it is a breed in its own right, although quite rare.

Sussex Spaniels have a long history and can be traced back to the 19th century when the Sussex Spaniel and its close relative the Field Spaniel were quite popular. Both breeds suffered a decline in numbers due to several large kennels being devastated by canine distemper in the late 1800s and this, combined with the reduction in numbers of dogs kept during war years, meant the numbers fell quite low. Dedicated breeders have managed to conserve the breed and today Sussex Spaniel numbers are on the increase.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about Sussex Spaniels, (after the long body and short legs!) is the glorious colour which is a rich liver shade with golden highlights. The coat is abundant and flat with no tendency to curl and there is ample undercoat for weather resistance. The ears are covered with soft, wavy hair.

Sussex Spaniels have a sombre expression and tend to frown when puzzled. The head is large and broad with heavy brows and long ears. Sussex Spaniels are an energetic dog with a characteristic roll when moving, unlike any other Spaniel. The Sussex is 38-41 cms at withers but has a massive build and is a large dog on short legs.

Sussex Spaniels bond very closely to one person in the family and do not cope well if left home alone all day. They are very eager to please and always ready for a long walk if you wish, or can be content to curl up in front of the television with you.

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