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Sussex Spaniel


(Picture from the Spaniel Club of Portugal)

F.C.I. -Standard No. 127

Origin: Great Britain

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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

CHARACTERISTICS

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

TEMPERAMENT

Kindly disposition, aggression highly undesirable.

HEAD & SKULL

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.

EYES

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

EARS

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

MOUTH

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

NECK

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

FOREQUARTERS

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

BODY

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.

HINDQUARTERS

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.

FEET

Round, well padded, well feathered between toes.

GAIT/MOVEMENT

True fore and aft with distinctive roll.

TAIL

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.

COAT

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.

COLOUR

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

SIZE

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

FAULTS

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.

NOTE

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