One of the original breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) back in 1884, the Sussex Spaniel has long remained a popular hunting dog and a dog breed which is known as a faithful companion to its master.
From the withers to the ground, this spaniel should be between 13 inches (33 centimeters) and 15 inches (38 centimeters). This dog breed should have a weight that falls between 35 pounds (16 kilograms) and 45 pounds (20.5 kilograms).
The coat of this dog breed does require a bit of work to maintain its luxurious appearance. Its coat is quite thick and so requires regular brushing. As it is low to the ground, its coat can easily become snarled and tangled by brush so that after a long walk it is always a good idea to give ample brushing so that mats do not form and necessitate having to cut out chunks of the dogs fur to remove them.
If this spaniel is being kept to AKC standards its coat cannot be cut. The only place on the dog which can be trimmed, when necessary, is around the feet and toe pads. Other than the feet the dog's coat must be left in its natural state and cared for with only regular washing and brushing.
As a hunting dog, the Sussex Spaniel has decreased in popularity over the centuries due in large part to its size. It is low to the ground, and while agile it is not as quick as those dogs which have longer legs. When the hunt was one that done primarily on foot, this hunting dog was a favorite among many. Today, it still is used as a hunting companion but is more commonly chosen by those who favor a more old fashioned approach to the hunt.
The Sussex Spaniel is know for its good disposition. For this reason, it will make a good family dog or wonderful hunting companion. They are fairly easy to train. As they enjoy hearty exercise, they will do well with a family who has children who will keep it active.