One of the dog world’s best kept secrets, the Sussex Spaniel excels as a companion dog, show dog and hunting dog. The breed’s cheerful, happy spaniel disposition is well disguised by his soulful eyes, somber expression and furrowed brow. As Mrs. Joy Freed, widely regarded as the breed’s savior, comments, “If you want a challenge and wish to work a fine traditional spaniel breed, then perhaps you should take a second look at the little brown jobs.” The author of this volume, breeder Becki Jo Hirschy echoes this sentiment, describing the breed as “an amusing dog who loves to be the center of attention, grinning to show off his full complement of canine whites.”
This Special Rare-Breed Edition begins with a well-considered history of the breed in the UK and its development in the US. The author details the breed’s characteristics and discusses the description outlined in the standard.
This well-illustrated book offers advice that owners and potential owners alike will undoubtedly welcome, including finding a breeder and puppy, house-training, obedience lessons, routine care and a detailed discussion on healthcare written by respected veterinarian Dr. Lowell Ackerman. From feeding the puppy to grooming and exercise to the care of a senior dog, this comprehensive guide gives owners of the Sussex Spaniel a complete picture of the breed’s requirements and needs.