Rather massive with a solid build, the Sussex Spaniel is energetic and very active.
His gait differs from other Spaniels by his stocky movement, which is very characteristic and unique to his breed. The appearance is that of a tenacious and vigorous working dog.
Adapted for research and hunting of birds and small animals, including pheasant and partridge, he barks frequently.
Even though he is an excellent hunter, his magnificent color greatly diminishes his popularity with hunting enthusiasts. At sunset, the color of his coat easily blends with the colors of wild animals, making him vulnerable to being shot by mistake.
Hunters prefer not to use him in order to protect him. This protection unfortunately hinders the expansion of the breed.
Between 38 and 41 cm (14.96 to 16.14 inches) for the male
Between 38 and 41 cm (14.96 to 16.14 inches) for the female
Between 21 and 23 kg (46.30 to 50.71 pounds) for the male
Between 21 and 23 kg (46.30 to 50.71 pounds) for the female
His color is a very intense golden brown, particularly concentrated on the tips of the limbs.
His flat hair is abundant and his ears are covered with soft wavy hair, but less abundant than on the rest of the body.
His limbs have moderate fringes except for the tail which is covered with denser hair.
Both adult male and female weigh about 22 kg (49 pounds).
His head has a broad skull and a pronounced stop. His large eyes are a beautiful hazelnut color.
His long ears are set low and close to the head and in the shape of a lobe. His nose is brown and in complete harmony with the coat.
His generally shortened tail is carried over the back and set low.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 2 and is #127