The Sussex Spaniel is one of the earliest developed spaniel breeds (recognised as such since 1790) but unfortunately is one of the rarest. At the end of World War II there were only eight of the breed in England and all the present-day Sussex have descended from them. The Sussex was bred to work in heavy cover such as bramble and rhododendron on the estates of Rosehill, Sussex. The Sussex will carry sticks and assorted things of their own accord but need early, patient training to retrieve successfully. The Sussex spaniel was reintroduced into Australia in 1985, and unlike some breeds, they are not prolific breeders.


The Sussex can live up to 11 years of age.


The Sussex Spaniel is generally a placid, person oriented gundog; typical of most gundog breeds. They do have unique qualities, and are known for their grinning and at times clownish behaviour. For a dog of their height and weight the Sussex can be surprisingly agile, and they can be readily house-trained and are suitable as indoor or outdoor dogs. Being gentle by nature, it responds well to kind training and should not be bullied or treated too firmly - nonetheless basic training is a must. The Sussex also has a reputation for being a fussy eater.


They should be familiarised with other household pets as early as possible, they usually live happily with other like-minded creatures. They are more likely to give the magpies or sparrows a chase than another pet they have grown up with.


They should be brushed regularly (2 to 3 times a week). For showing and general well being the Sussex requires only minimal trimming. The feet should be checked for grass-seeds and the ears checked regularly and kept clean. As they are heavily boned dogs they should be fed a suitable puppy food providing calcium supplements when growing. Frequent climbing up and down of stairs should be avoided whilst in the early growing stages. They can be quite active and should be given long walks or plenty of free running as they mature. Once the surplus energy is expended they can become couch potatoes, but don't let them become obese. Good basic training is essential, being hunting dogs they can suffer from "selective deafness" when scenting or free running. Please take note: When buying a puppy make sure the parents have been hip scored and eye tested. The Sussex has a unique gold-tipped lined coat; when young the pups are quite dark and the correct colour develops with age. As they are slow to mature it takes quite a while for their full potential to be reached in the show ring.




If you have decided that the Sussex Spaniel is the dog for you and you realise that you need to groom it often, especially checking for grass seeds after you have returned home from a walk or run, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)