Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Sussex Spaniel demonstrated the desired traits of a Bird Flusher and retrieving dog and is known by its nick name the "Flusher ". The origin of the Sussex Spaniel dog breed was in United Kingdom (England) where it was developed in the 1800's.
Sussex Spaniel Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884): The Sussex Spaniel is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884).
Origin of the name: The name "Sussex Spaniel" derives from the dogs place of origin in Sussex a county in the south of England. The word 'spaniel' originated in Spain and referred to a surname meaning "Spaniard". It was then transferred as a name for a breed of dog supposedly of Spanish origin.
Other names for the Sussex Spaniel: The Sussex Spaniel is known by the nickname of the "Flusher". Other names for this breed of dog include the Spanial and the Hastings Spaniel. The nickname "Flusher" reflects the dogs ability to flush, or startle, game out of cover. The nickname "Hastings Spaniel" is a reference to a town on the coast of Sussex.
Sussex Spaniel History and Origin: The country of origin of the Sussex Spaniel breed was in United Kingdom (England) during the 1800's. A wealthy Englishman named Augustus Elliott Fuller (1777-1857) of the Rosehill estate in Isfield, East Sussex is credited with developing the breed as a Gun Dog (Bird Dog).
Unlike other gun dogs, the Sussex Spaniel barked when working. The Sussex Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel were cross bred to produce the Field Spaniel.
One of the earliest descriptions of the Sussex Spaniel was in the book "House Dogs and Sporting Dogs", published in 1861 by the Englishman John Meyrick, who described the breed as a Springer with a "general resemblance to the Clumber in height and shape". Merrick also stated that the head of the Sussex Spaniel was lighter and due to his coloring "his whole appearance is handsomer". The Sussex Spaniel was exported to the United States as a Bird Dog and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1884.
Sussex Spaniel Modern History: The modern history of the Sussex Spaniel moved on and the breed is now enjoyed as a family pet and favorite companion.
Sussex Spaniel Height: The Sussex Spaniel breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 15 - 16 inches (38 - 40 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.
Sussex Spaniel Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 40 - 44 pounds (18 - 20 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.
Sussex Spaniel Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium soft, smooth or slightly wavy coat.
Sussex Spaniel Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include brown, red colors. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Sussex Spaniel Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Sussex Spaniel is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Sussex Spaniel is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.
Sussex Spaniel Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5-6 puppies. Sussex Spaniel puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Sussex Spaniel puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Sussex Spaniel Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Outgoing, Sociable, Calm, Friendly and Companionable.
Sussex Spaniel Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Sussex Spaniel requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a distinctive, rolling gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Sussex Spaniel Diet: A fully grown Sussex Spaniel should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Sussex Spaniel Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Sussex Spaniel breed include Ingrowing eyelashes, Hip Dysplasia . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Sussex Spaniel dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Sussex Spaniel Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Sussex Spaniel breed is 12-15 years.
Sussex Spaniel Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Sussex Spaniel breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Sussex Spaniel names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Raven *** Murphy *** Reggie *** Max *** Laser *** Dazzle *** Frisco *** Kenzi *** JoJo *** Jazz.
Sussex Spaniel Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Sussex Spaniel names are Dixie *** Happy *** Bella *** Demi *** Ellie *** Roxie *** Josie *** Penny *** Sophie *** Lacie *** Molly.