Sussex Spaniels are a rare breed best characterized by their beautiful golden liver color, and rather massive, long, low and level, body frame. Although, adopted into the AKC as one of the first nine breeds, they are now classified as vulnerable for extinction, and their very existence is entirely dependent on the small, passionate group of preservation breeders, working to keep them in our future.
My background is with field dogs and hunting spaniels, and I met my first Sussex at a hunt test in 1998. I was instantly smitten and vowed to own one someday.
I hit the ground running with my first show Sussex, Maverick, winning 6 Owner Handler Best in Shows, multiple sporting group placements and consistent national rankings. Since 2013, I've owner-handled nine Grand Champions (GCH) and have earned Top 5 Westminster invitations for Maverick, Frank, Marv and Bruce. Sixteen (16) AKC Show Champions have been Hellfire bred - two are multiple specialty (MBISS) winners. Four consecutive generations of my Sussex are Grand Champions.
I enjoy training and competing to the highest levels in AKC Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Hunt Test, Tracking, and Barn Hunt events all over the US. My little brown dogs love learning new things, and with patience and persistence, Sussex can make wonderful and rewarding versatile companion dogs.
Our Sussex are immaculately maintained and are full time house dogs. Hellfire only breeds champion titled adults that have passed heart, hearing, eyes and DNA health screenings. NOTE: We only breed for personal use and puppies are rarely (if ever) available. Occasionally a spayed adult is available.
Orions You Gotta Have Faith was our foundation matriarch - she left behind a legacy of long, luxurious ears and gentle, sweet temperaments - I miss her!
Hellfires Dancing in the Dark -a Best in Specialty winner from the Bred By Class, Multiple Best in Specialty X4, Multiple Reserve Best in Show X3 winner.
Our breeding dogs are joint/eyes/BAER hearing, heart and DNA health screened. We only use specialists. Our OFA results are public.
GCH CH Hellfire Has Faith in Me, aka Large Marge, is a Faith X Maverick daughter. She is obsessed with cheese.
The dorky and fabulous GG, GCH CH Hellfires Serendipity is Marvelous, is my very favorite Sussex. Out of Frank X Marv.
Hellfires Marvelous Serendipity aka Gwynnie is a litter sister to GG and mom to Knox and BISS Bruce.
Hellfires Twinkle of Faith is littermate to Margery - from the second Maverick X Faith litter.
Hellfires There and Back finished as she began -Best of Breed over Specials for 5 point majors.
Hellfire on Twosday was a singleton baby born 2/22/2022 what else could I name her? This girl hit the ground running, got a major win for her first show ever, and finished fast with two Best of Breed wins over specials!
We have several youngsters in the pipeline and more Hellfire Bred-By Champions are coming.
Olive was also a singleton, born 10/25/2022. At just 7 months old Olive has had 4 Reserves to majors - her time to win is coming!