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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a breed of dog developed in Sussex in southern England. It is a low, compact spaniel and is similar in appearance to the Clumber Spaniel. They can be slow paced, but can have a clownish and energetic temperament.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Male: 13-15in

Female: 13-15in


Male: 40-44lb

Female: 35-44lb

Fun Fact

The Sussex Spaniel was within the first ten breeds to be acknowledged by the AKC when it was formed in 1884.

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About this Breed

This compact, fun-loving spaniel was bred in Sussex, England (and from there the breed gets its name, as well!) in the late 1700’s. Originally a companion for hunters, the breed experienced a resurgence in popularity in the early 2000’s. However, they are still hard to come by! In the 2017 AKC breed popularity rankings, the Sussex ranked as number 161 out of 190.

As you might expect given the Sussex’s short stature, they were bred to flush birds from the brush; their sturdy bodies allow them to power through the underbrush. Today, Sussex spaniels are often kept as companions, and it’s not hard to see why. With soft wavy fur that requires regular brushing, floppy ears, and sad eyes, this pup’s expression belies the breed’s nature. Easygoing, friendly and affectionate, the Sussex Spaniel is an ideal family dog. Though they enjoy play fetch and taking walks, they only need a medium level of activity to keep them content– however, they have an excellent nose that can make them prone to leash pulling. If you are looking for a calm pet that will get along with people from all walks of life, but still be an excellent watchdog, this may be the dog for you!

Sussex Spaniels on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Sussex Spaniel ancestry.

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Common Locations

  1. Virginia, United States
  2. New York, United States
  3. Rhode Island, United States
  4. North Carolina, United States
  5. Colorado, United States
  6. Italy
  7. Alabama, United States
  8. Connecticut, United States
  9. Vermont, United States
  10. Ohio, United States

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