A grand total of 126 Sussex Spaniels showed up at the Sussex Country Show on 19 June, beating the previous record of 73 by a long shot. The gathering, organised by the Sussex Spaniel Association (SSA), aimed to get as many people as possible to learn about this lovely breed – and raise awareness over its vulnerable status.
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; only 43 Sussex Spaniel puppies were registered with the Kennel Club last year – an all-time low. The few Sussex Spaniel owners, however, are certainly dedicated people, and are the ones who made the gathering a success.
Sheila Appleby, SSA Vice President, says, “We had folk came from all over the country and a few from Holland. We were busy with visitors in the marquee all day after all the publicity – lots of people enquiring about the breed. It was quite manic at times!”
If you weren’t there to enquire, no worries – you can find out more about the Sussex Spaniel and SSA on their website.
Images by Red5 Photography.