The Sussex is a very friendly and happy dog, loving to receive attention from people and is very protective of their owner as needed. It is also happy and friendly with other dogs and the only time aggression is shown is for self protection when challenged or attacked by another dog. The Sussex gets along well with children and makes an excellent pet. It is also a hunting dog and performs best flushing game.Physically it has a long body and short legs, and is considered to have a muscular and grand body relative to the short profile.The Sussex has what is considered a "rolling gait" and if you have never seen it I would describe it as something like a side to side motion or veering to one side in the back legs. It has medium length liver color hair that is plentiful and straight.