A calm and usually collected breed, the Sussex Spaniel are regularly used for hunting. An intelligent dog that is well adapted to retrieving and hunting, but is usually steady and gentle. Very social dogs, this breed is very devoted to his work and master.
The Sussex Spaniel must be socialized well at puppyhood to be good around other dogs. This dog makes a good companion and is surprisingly friendly with cats and smaller pets. Can become aggressive around other unfamiliar dogs, but if properly introduced they can do well.
Does your Sussex Spaniel bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Sussex Spaniel can be good around children, but if overly pestered, this breed can snap. Somewhat of a lazy dog, they are protective of their home and will bark upon seeing a stranger. This breed should not be put in a home with unfamiliar smaller animals as they have a strong hunting instinct.
The medium length coat of this breed should be brushed and/or combed regularly. The Sussex Spaniel is prone to ear infections and dirty ears so ear cleaning is of significant importance. Plucking dead hair is recommended and should be performed only by someone experienced.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
The Sussex Spaniel has a flat and usually dark colored medium length coat that should be only slightly wavy, never curled. Hair on the hindquarters is long and feathered.
The Sussex Spaniel is used for hunting and sport purposes and does remarkably well. Training must be consistent however as this can be a rather lazy and uninterested breed. A quick learner, this dog also can be willful and independent so firm training is a must. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Sussex Spaniel puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Sussex Spaniel commonly battles weight problems so he should have sufficient exercise daily. Swimming and retrieving are sports this breed really enjoys. This dog does okay without a yard but loves a brisk run. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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