The Sussex Spaniel
The Sussex Spaniel was once a familiar sight in Sussex, where a strong dog was needed to work on the heavy soil of the Weald.
Heavy-boned, with a long back and shortish legs, the Sussex was perfect for hunting through the dense undergrowth.
During the mid-nineteenth century landowner Augustus Fuller worked his Sussex on his Brightling estate and played a key role in promoting the Sussex Spaniel.
But at the end of World War II there were only seven or eight Sussex left. These were all owned by Joy Freer, and it is thanks to her that the Sussex exists today.
Sussex work slowly and methodically on a beating line, nosing out pheasants that other dogs have passed by.
They also excel at search and rescue, as US owner Ann McGloon has discovered. Tollie, her second SAR Sussex, is currently a member of a K9 team that searches for missing people in the mountains of Oregon