Maybe you've noticed that lovable spaniel that is pictured in English game hunts and want one for yourself. These dogs are hunting dogs, for the most part, and they are very active unlike some other spaniels. They do require some research and understanding of the breed so that when you make the choice to own one, you know exactly how to bring out the best in them.
This dog can be brought up as a family pet, but it still requires some way to relieve its pent up energy. If you want to own one, make sure you can provide a nice backyard for it. It isn't a dog for apartment living, if there is no way to exercise the dog regularly. This dog becomes bored and agitated when it isn't exercised and can become annoying and destructive when left alone. It suffers from separation anxiety when left alone, which is exhibited in destructive chewing and constant barking. It will even howl. If not exercised enough, it will also show the same behaviors.
The dog needs early socialization and will take well to children and other pets. They are typically stubborn dogs, although with good intelligence. They may be hard to house train and need some form of obedience training. Even so, they may rate low on the obedience scale, depending on their temperament and early socialization.
The dogs do well with children and other pets. It may try to be dominant with other dogs, but for the most part if you start when it is a puppy, it will socialize well and be a part of the family unit. It isn't aggressive towards strangers although it does display some protective behavior towards members of its own family.
The dog does make a good watchdog, as it will bark at anyone that gets too near your property. It can live outside, in your backyard if you have a temperate climate. It loves the water and is an avid swimmer. The fur coat does tend to pick up things and needs constant grooming.
The Sussex Spaniel is a very rare breed in the United States. You may have better luck finding them in Great Britain. In the United States less than 70 Sussex Spaniels are registered with the AKC yearly. The cost for a new pup in England is between 300 to 500 British pounds. This is around $600 to over $1000 a pup. This is if you can even find one to buy here in the States and the prices are likely to be even more. They are native to England and are not bred as much here in the United States.