Sussex Spaniel Dog Names

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Introduction

Calm, loving, and skilled, the Sussex Spaniel hails from Sussex, England. They were originally bred in the late eighteenth century by one Mr. Fuller of East Sussex, and he knew them to be gun dogs perfect for trekking the rough terrain and dense undergrowth of his homeland. Various Spaniels were crossed to achieve this breed, and in the end, the Sussex was such a champ. Flushing the bird was their game. Though larger working dogs became preferred after World War II, the Sussex breed survived, thanks to English breeder Joy Freer. The dogs are still rare today, however, and oddly, the Spaniels are more common in the U.S. than they are in their native Britain. By all accounts, we can all be grateful that these intelligent, warm beauties are still with us. They’re irresistible with their hazel eyes, soft liver-colored coat, hang-low wavy ears, and endearing pout. The Sussex ironically lifts us up, though they are only a little over a foot from the ground and bear a rather sad disposition. That massive build, superb nose for trails and game, and affectionate personality was certainly a winning combo from the very beginning.

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Sussex Spaniel Dog Name Considerations

How do we love thee, Sussex Spaniel? Let us count the ways! There is so much to cherish about this Spaniel, so we understand why selecting the perfect title is both a challenge and a must. Whether you cling to their rich history of hunting or highlight their notable solemn expression, you’re well on your way to a great match. You might first be drawn to aesthetic-focused names like “Brandy,” “Hazel,” “Husky,” or “Waverly.” That rich, healthy glow and stocky body can’t be avoided (and shouldn’t be). You may also decide to have some fun with their short stature. “Atom,” “Gidget,” or “Mini” could suit your pup well.

As mentioned, maybe a nod toward the past is what you’re looking for. “Rider,” “Gunner,” “Forest,” and “Juniper” pay homage to their original purpose as a bird dog that sped under and through thick underbrush. Additionally, connections to Sussex itself hold potential: check out tags like “Coast,” “Rose,” “Marilyn,” and “Shelley.” On the other hand, names that mean “serious or sincere” could be up your alley. That intense sad-face is a signature feature, and they wouldn’t be the same without it. “Ernest,” “Augustus,” “Neto,” or “Charlotte” might do the trick.

Male Sussex Spaniel Dog Names

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Rider
These dogs are low riders, able to hunt in undergrowth
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Rooster
They hunt ringneck roosters
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Husky
Because of their husky body type
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Stump
After the oldest Sussex to win “Best in Show” at Westminster
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Waverly
For their wavy ear hair
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Fetch
Because they were bred to be hunters and to fetch birds
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Gunner
The Sussex Spaniel is a gun dog
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Beeper
They alarm the hunter when prey is discovered and cornered
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Fuller
Last name of man who bred them
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Freer
After Joy Freer who saved the breed from extinction
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Ernest
Play on the word “earnest,” meaning sincere (their expression)
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Saxon
Modern-day Sussex was known as the Kingdom of Saxon
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Kent
Means “edge;” Sussex is at the edge of the English Channel
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Arno
Meaning earnest, sincere
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Dobyn
Responsible, serious, and serving
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Augustus
A serious name for a serious face
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Basil
Knightly, royal; Russian
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Coast
Sussex is located on the coast
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Neto
Intense, solemn, serious, sincere
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Briar
One who is like a shrub or a small tree
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Cantrell
A small bell; refers to the dog’s stature and alarming bark
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Dimples
Ironic name because the Sussex face is so solemn
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Ripley
For the ripples in their ear hair
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Saddle
Boast the color of a saddle; saddle implies work and hunting
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Stanley
Name meaning “stony meadow,” where dogs would hunt
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Atom
“The smallest part” for a small but powerful dog
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Cappy
Short for cappuccino, similar to the color of their coat
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Rocky
Because they hunt close to the ground
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Forest
Because the Sussex hunts near the forest floor
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Chili
For their rich brown hue

Female Sussex Spaniel Dog Names

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Rose
Refers to Rosehill Park in East Sussex where they were bred
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Flow
For their flowing ear hair
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Autumn
Refers to their liver-colored, autumn-like coat
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Joy
After Joy Freer who saved the breed from extinction
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America
Today, the breed is most popular in the U.S.
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Sugar
The coat is similar to the color of brown sugar
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Hazel
Refers to their hazel eyes
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Rampion
Sussex county flower
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Brownie
Reflects their liver-colored coat
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Swallow
Sussex flag bears these birds
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Marilyn
“Star of the sea”, English; refers to connection to Channel
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Bea
Short for Beatrice; “bringer of gladness”
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Freddie
Short for Frederica; “a peaceful ruler”
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Charlotte
A serious name for a serious face
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Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley was a famous Sussex poet
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Goldie
For their shimmering liver-colored coats
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Juniper
A small evergreen shrub bearing berries
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Gidget
“Small girl;” American name combining girl and midget
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Mini
For their short stature; ironic because of their hefty bodies
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Spicy
Bears the appearance of the allspice plant
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Sorrel
Red-brown like the sorrel plant
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Truffle
Refers to the color of their coat
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Velvet
For their velvety appearance
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Brandy
Like the liquor, the Spaniel possesses a golden brown hue
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Ladybug
For their red hair
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Latte
Soft milky coffee that bears a resemblance to their fur
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Ruby
For the coat’s red tint
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Toffee
Because of the hair's soft, caramel-like color
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Cali
Short for “caliente;” for their red color and warm personality
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Merlot
Like the deep red-brown wine

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