History and Origins - How the Sussex Spaniel got its name
The history and origins of the Sussex Spaniel continues with how the dog got his name! The name of the breed simply derived from its county of origin which was Sussex. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1884 when the club was first formed. This was one of the first of nine breeds to be recognized by the AKC, however, it had derived a long time before this. The breed has a unique colored coat that is a deep golden liver color. In this day and age, there are not a lot of Sussex Spaniels bred, however, the ones that are, tend to make excellent family pets as their personalities and temperaments are gentle, kind, cheerful and eager. When it was first bred, this dog was mainly used for hunting small game. It is the only type of Spaniel that will sometimes by whilst hunting. As well as hunting, this breed is particularly good at tracking, flushing and retrieving, and as a watchdog.