Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel
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.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

The Sussex can live up to 11 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

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.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

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.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

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.

IN CONCLUSION

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:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
lyn durrington appintiki QLD Contact
Monica McCaffery Shevington SA Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

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