Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a short, stocky dog with a golden liver coat and forms part of the popular gundog group of dogs.

Sussex Spaniel breed group


Size of the Sussex Spaniel


Colour varieties of the Sussex Spaniel

This deceptively energetic  gundog is available in just the one colour:

  • Golden liver

Country of origin

The Sussex Spaniel was developed in Great Britain in the 1800s.

Sussex Spaniel introduction and overview

The Sussex Spaniel is an old breed and sadly rarely seen in the UK. It is a vulnerable native breed with just 43 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

The Sussex Spaniel is a medium sized dog that appears low to the ground compared to other Spaniels. It has a long silky golden liver coat with an abundance of featherings on the ears, chest, abdomen, legs and tail. It has a broad head with a wrinkled brow giving the dog a rather sad expression.

It is slower in pace than most gundogs, but his lack of speed comes with a surprising amount of stamina and endurance.

Size and weight of the Sussex Spaniel

Height bitch 38-41cms

Height dog 38-41cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 16-20kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 16-20kgs

Exercise requirements of the Sussex Spaniel

High.This industrious and athletic breed requires at least 2 hours of exercise daily. It is more suited to an active life in the countryside than an urban lifestyle.

Sussex Spaniel temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Sussex Spaniel has a lovely, placid and kind temperament. It adores people and children, and is a patient and laid back dog. Although the breed needs a substanstial amount of exercise, it enjoys the comforts of the family home and thrives on company and affection.

It tends to be a sociable breed, mixing well with other dogs. It normally lives happily with cats as long as socialised from an early age. Care should be taken around other smaller pets in the family home as with all gundogs with their inherited hunting instinct.

The Sussex Spaniel is one of the smaller dogs in the gundog group, with great charm and character.

Is the Sussex Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. This is a dog ideally suited to an active family lifestyle, but easy to train and a practical size for the family home.

Sussex Spaniel coat length

Medium. The lustrous golden liver coat has soft silky feathers on the ears, chest, abdomen, legs and tail.

Grooming requirements of the Sussex Spaniel

High. The Sussex Spaniel requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the feathers.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection. The ears of the Sussex Spaniel has long pendulous ears that may dangle in water bowls and become messy at meal times. Ear furnishings should be checked daily for food deposits, burrs and thorns and any matts or tangles and gently teased out.


No. The heavy coat of the Sussex Spaniel sheds throughout the year so unsuitable for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Sussex Spaniel

The breed is generally healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so do consult your breeder:

  • Ear problems
  • Hip dsysplasia

Average lifespan of the Sussex Spaniel

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Sussex Spaniel pedigree puppy price

Litters are not often available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £500-600. Litters tend to be produce between 4-6 puppies.

Estimating how much an Sussex Spaniel would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 16kgs requires 250gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a 16kgs bitch is around £6.20

The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs dog is around £6.90

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activitylevels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Sussex Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preperations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.