Over a 100 Sussex spaniels are expected to take part to the gathering promoted by the Sussex Spaniel Association (SSA) to raise awareness of this breed – something they desperately need.
The Sussex Spaniel is among the breeds listed as Vulnerable Native Breeds. The list includes all native breeds with 300 or fewer registrations each year in the UK; between 2010 and 2015, the number of registered Sussex Spaniel puppies was never higher than 74. Last year was an especially low point, with only 43 puppy registrations with the Kennel Club.
Few as they are, Sussex Spaniel owners certainly are determined to make their beloved breed known. In 2010 more than 70 Sussex Spaniels from all over the UK gathered at the Sussex Country show – a record the SSA is expecting to break this year.
Sheila Appleby, SSA Vice President, says, “We have been delighted with the response to our appeal, which has really captured the imagination of Sussex Spaniel owners. The endangered dog breed needs as much positive publicity as possible and we are grateful to the organisers of Sussex County Show for giving us the platform to promote the county’s very own breed. Ultimately we want more people to find out about this lovely dog so that they might consider it when they buy their next puppy.”
The Sussex Country Show will be held at Parham Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June; the Sussex Spaniel gathering will take place on Sunday at 2PM in the Main Arena, where a photo will be taken to submit to the Guinness Book of Records. Representatives from the SSA will be available both days to promote the breed and answer any questions visitors may have about it. If you’re curious to learn more about the Sussex Spaniel – or, better yet, are the owner of one – you don’t want to miss this event.
Image by the Sussex Spaniel Association.