This distinguished spaniel has been around for many centuries and was one of the AKC’s original nine officially recognized breeds. This spaniel’s flushing style differs from many other Spaniel breeds in that it was developed to accompany hunters on foot. Its slower, deliberate pace is reflected in its long, low-slung, robust build. It is great tracker and well suited to pursuing and retrieving game in dense brush. In contrast to its droll expression, the Sussex Spaniel is has a cheerful, easygoing personality and loves the company of its family, children, and other animals. Its rich, liver-colored coat requires weekly brushing and its silky, pendulous ears should be checked regularly for foreign objects and tangles.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.