Sussex spaniel


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Sussex spaniel,

breed of short, stocky sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 developed in England in the late 18th and early 19th cent. It stands about 15 in. (38 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 45 lb (15.9–20.4 kg). Its medium-length coat, which is golden liver in color, is flat or slightly wavy and forms fringes, or feathers, on the ears, chest, underside, and stern. The tail is docked to approximately 6 in. (15 cm). Originally used to hunt in areas of abundant upland game, it could not compete with the faster field dogs when introduced into areas where game was less dense. It has therefore become more popular as a bench competitor and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Though the Sussex spaniel is an old breed, these dogs have never gained great popularity because of the two World Wars with only 10 Sussex registered in the English Kennel Club by 1947.
SUSSEX IN THE WOODS Though Don Krueger has professionally raised, trained and hunted most all breeds of gun dogs for shotgunning ruffed grouse and woodcock near his home in central Wisconsin, his favorite breed is the Sussex spaniel. "When we walk the fire trails early in the season with the leaves still on the trees, the Sussex do a great job of staying close enough so we can see them and see many of the birds that find and flush," Krueger says.
"Yes, many Sussex spaniels will 'sound' by sometimes barking, yipping and yowling when on the hot trail of a moving gamebird like pheasants or a furred game animal such as rabbits," the colonel said, adding with a smile that "this giving voice habit" was like having a natural built-in beeper locator and better than a bell for keeping track of Jack in thick vegetation.
But the dogs I have the most fun with are my Sussex spaniels.
An owner-operator of her Sundowner Kennels in Gilroy, California, Davern has had Sussex spaniels for 20 years, during which she has searched for the best hunters in the breed in the United States and Europe.
Angela Monaghan loves to hunt with her Sussex spaniels around her home in central Montana.
"Like most people I know who hunt their Sussex spaniels, I enjoy this breed's natural abilities in the field combined with their close working persistence in searching for game, and their all-day-long stamina," says Monaghan.