Sussex Spaniel

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

14 months

Height (Shoulder height)

40 cm


20 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / silky

Coat color

brown with golden hairtips

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / eye diseases / ear diseases / pyruvat dehydrogenase phosphatase 1 deficiency

Food expenses per month in €

about € 52

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


friendly / happy / alert / clingy / likes hunting

Bred for


Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / eye diseases / ear diseases / pyruvat dehydrogenase phosphatase 1 deficiency

Dog type according to FCI

retrievers - flushing dogs - water dogs

FCI description

Retrieval dogs are to find shot game and bring it to the hunter. They are mainly used for duck or small game hunting. This is where their love of water comes from. They have a "soft mouth" in order not to damage the delicate prey with their teeth. Since they always want to please their humans, are usually compatible, social and balanced, they are popular companion dogs. Nevertheless it must not be forgotten that they want to live out their needs as hunting dogs, i.e. they have to be intellectually and athletically challenged. Today they are also often trained as rescue dogs, and their fine nose and love for people help them to do so.

Flushing dogs look independently (without visual contact to the hunter) for the track in thicket and unclear terrain for tall game or small game. If the game is found, the hunt-dog is track-laut, scare it up and drives it through its gebell to the hunter. They are agile, independent, tend to bark and have a certain obstinacy. However, when they are engaged in a species-appropriate way, with a lot of exercise and nose work, they are patient and friendly dogs.

Water dogs work hunting in the water, fishing, catching fishing nets or helping shipwrecked people. They are alert, adaptable, agile and seek spiritual challenges.

You should give dogs in this group the opportunity to use their sense of smell and their urge to move and partly to hunt.

Short description

The Sussex Spaniel is a very balanced family-dog. He is relaxed but needs a lot of physical exercise to prevent obesity. He likes to be together with his attachment figure. At home he likes to be comfortable with his family and outside he wants action.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.