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Sussex Spaniel Breed Summary
Intelligent, Calm, Gentle and Affectionate
These doggies are one of the oldest breeds native to the UK and have been around since the early 1800's. The breeds main enthusiast was a landowner called Mr Fuller, who kept Sussex Spaniels on his estate. It's thought he bred them for over 50 years and had great success in his endeavours. However, the onset of WW2 saw a dramatic decline in the number of doggies, with only five remaining! They were luckily saved by breed enthusiasts and the numbers have slowly started to crawl back up. Nowadays, about 100 are born every year, meaning they are still relatively rare and anyone wanting to share their home with one of these guys would need to register their interest with a breeder.
Sussex Spaniels, unlike other gun dogs, get very excited when they find something and will nearly always let their owners know as well. This often means that they are known to bark, a trait deeply embedded into their psyches. However, they are very calm and gentle, often taking life at a slower pace unlike their other Spaniel relatives. However, they still need lots of physical and mental stimulation to remain happy and well-rounded doggies. These guys don't like to be left by themselves as this can lead to them developing separation anxiety which can result in destructive behaviours. Therefore they will need someone to be home for most of the day. But their love for 'hoomans' and ability to thrive in a family environment, makes them lovely family pets.