Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Sussex Spaniel

Spaniel (Sussex)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Flushing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 2Flushing Dogs
With working trial

KC
Gundog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Natural working ability, gives tongue at work in thick cover. Kindly disposition.
KC
Kindly disposition, aggression highly undesirable.

HEAD

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FCI
Well balanced.
KC
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.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Wide, showing moderate curve from ear to ear, neither flat nor apple headed, with centre indentation. Brows frowning; occiput decided, but not pointed.

Stop

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FCI
Pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nostrils well developed and liver in colour.

Muzzle

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

Jaws/Teeth

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

Eyes

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FCI
Hazel colour, fairly large, not full, but soft expression and showing little, if any, haw.
KC
Hazel colour, fairly large, not full, but soft expression and showing little, if any, haw.

Ears

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

NECK

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

BODY

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FCI
Whole body strong and level with no sign of waistiness from withers to hips.
KC
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 waistiness from withers to hips.

Back

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FCI
Well developed and muscular in both width and depth.

Loin

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FCI
Well developed and muscular in both width and depth.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and well developed; not too round and wide. The back ribs must be deep.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked to 13-18 cms.
Docked: Set low and never carried above level of back. Tail thickly covered with hair but not feathered.
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. Lively tail action is typical of the breed.
KC
Previously customarily docked to 13-18 cms (5-7ins). Docked: Set low and never carried above level of back. Tail thickly covered with hair but not feathered. 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. Lively tail action is typical of the breed.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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

Shoulder

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FCI
Sloping and free.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Legs rather short and strong. Well boned and muscular.

Carpus (wrist)

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FCI
Large and strong.

Pastern

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FCI
Short and well boned.

FEET

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KC
Round, well padded, well feathered between toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, well padded, well feathered between toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs short and strong with good bone. Hindlegs not appearing shorter than forelegs or over angulated.
KC
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.

Thigh

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FCI
Strongly boned and muscular.

HIND LEGS

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Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks large and strong.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
True fore and aft with distinctive roll.
KC
True fore and aft with distinctive roll.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Abundant and flat with no tendency to curl and with ample undercoat for weather resistance. Ears covered with soft, wavy hair, but not too profuse. Forequarters and hindquarters moderately well feathered.
KC
Abundant and flat with no tendency to curl and with ample undercoat for weather resistance. Ears covered with soft, wavy hair, but not too profuse. Forequarters and hindquarters moderately well feathered.

COLOUR

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

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at withers: 38-41 cms (15-16 ins). Weight: approximately 23 kgs (50 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
38 - 41 cms.

Weight

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FCI
Approximately 23 kgs.

FAULTS

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FCI
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

MINOR FAULTS

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SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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