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Sussex Spaniel

(Picture from the Spaniel Club of Portugal)

F.C.I. -Standard No. 127

Origin: Great Britain


Massive, strongly built. Active, energetic dog, whose characteristic movement is a decided roll, and unlike that of any other Spaniel.


Natural working ability, gives tongue at work in thick cover.


Kindly disposition, aggression highly undesirable.


Skull wide, showing moderate curve from ear to ear, neither flat nor apple headed, with centre indentation and a pronounced stop. Brows frowning; occiput decided, but not pointed. Nostrils well developed and liver in colour. Well balanced head.


Hazel colour, fairly large, not full, but soft expression and not showing much haw.


Thick, fairly large and lobular, set moderately low, just above eye level. Lying close to skull.


Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


long, strong and slightly arched, not carrying head much above level of back. Slight throatiness, but well marked frill.


Shoulders sloping and free; arms well boned and muscular. Knees large and strong, pasterns short and well boned. Legs rather short and strong.


Chest deep and well developed; not too round and wide. Back and loin well developed and muscular in both width and depth. The back ribs must be deep. Whole body strong and level with no sign of waistlines from withers to hips.


Thighs strongly boned and muscular; hocks large and strong, legs short and strong with good bone. Hindlegs not appearing shorter than forelegs or over angulated.


Round, well padded, well feathered between toes.


True fore and aft with distinctive roll.


Customarily docked.

Docked: Set low and never carried above level of back. Lively actioned. Customarily docked to a length from 13-18 cms (5-7 ins).

Undocked: Set low, of medium length, and not carried above the level of the back. It should taper gradually to a point and be moderately feathered.


Abundant and flat with no tendency to curl and ample undercoat for weather resistance. Ears covered with soft, wavy hair, but not to profuse. Forequarters and hindquarters moderately well feathered. Tail thickly clothed with hair but not feathered.


Rich golden liver and hair shading to golden at tip; gold predominating. Dark liver or puce undesirable.


Ideal height at withers: 38-41 cms (15-16 ins). Weight approximately 50 lbs.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.