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Clumber Spaniel Profile

Other Names:  Clumber

Country of origin: Great Britain/France

Dog Group Kennel Club  Gundog

General appearance:

The Clumber Spaniel is a fairly short dog, although it does have a rather long body. Clumber Spaniels are well balanced and heavily bones with a hound like facial expression. They have weather resistant coats with feathered legs and chest. The Clumber Spaniel is a double coat breed. The outer coat consists of long guard hairs, while the undercoat is thick and soft. The coat color is predominantly white with either orange or lemon markings. This breed is a heavy shedder.


Predominantly white with lemon or orange markings.


Bitch            43cm - 48cm
Dog              48cm - 50cm


                             Min                    Max

Bitch             30kg (66lbs)      30kg (66lbs) 
Dog               36kg (79lbs)      36kg (79lbs)


Clumber Spaniels are generally gentle, loyal and affectionate but can be aloof with strangers.
They're highly intelligent and although not the fastest dog, they do make excellent gundogs.
They are gentle, sweet, and highly intelligent. A pleasant and well-behaved dog, they get along with other dogs, cats, and other household animals they are raised with. Clumber Spaniels are generally good with children. They do not easily befriend strangers, but are never timid or aggressive. Clumbers are more aloof than other spaniels, showing no signs of aggression.


Matches short but long body shape with drive.

Care and Training:

Clumber Spaniels need daily grooming with a comb and brush. Professional trimming of the coat is required. Due to their dense coats, the Clumber Spaniel must be protected from becoming over heated. They are prone to flea allergies and skin irritations This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, juvenile lameness, dry eyes, and cataracts. The ear passages must be kept free of hair and should be checked out very regularly to stop an infection setting in.

This breed loves to please their master and has an excellent memory, they are quiet and unassuming and will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods.They learn best with a calm trainer who provides them with positive reinforcement, praise, love, fairness, and consistency. If they are to get on with other dogs or other house pets then they will have to introduced at an early age.

Overall Exercise  0 - 20 minutes per day.
Being a very laid-back breed, Clumbers will adapt their exercise requirements to the family.
However, they do love field work and, whilst not as fast as the lighter spaniels, will very happily do the work of a beater.

Feeding requirements:

Clumbers are good eaters and care must be taken to ensure that they do not become overweight. As puppies, they grow very quickly and a nutritious diet must be given to ensure the correct development of healthy bones.

Exercise: Med

Grooming: Med

Noise: Med

Personal Protection: Low

Suitability As Guard Dog: Low

Level of Aggression: Low

Compatibility With Other Animals: High

Suitablity for Children: High

Often docked? Yes

Average Litter Size: 5

Life Expectancy (yrs): 10

Health issues: back problems, retinal dysplasia, entropion (turned in eyelids) and ectropion (outward turned eyelids). Other health concerns include allergies, ear problems, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and intervertebral disc disease.

History:  Named for the Clumber Park estate of the Duke of Newcastle, Nottingham, they are believed to have originated with the Duc de Noailles who moved his kennel to England for sanctuary during the French Revolution. The Duc originally came from France, bringing his dogs
to safety in Great Britain. The Clumber Spaniel is said to have come from the Basset Hound or early Alpine Spaniel blood. Some say they even have some Saint Bernard in them. Many British royals reveled in this dog, and often used them as hunting companions. Prince Albert was the first to accompany them on a hunt in England, while King Edward VII later bred them in a kennel and was said to be very fond of them. King George V used Clumbers to hunt in the woods, but never allowed them to retrieve, although they are quite capable of doing so. He always sent out Labradors to do that job. Some thought the Clumber Spaniel too cumbersome for hunters not yet old men, yet the Clumber has a dutiful companion to a hunter. The Clumber Spaniel is still quite rare in the United States and Britain, but has been making its way slowly but surely.


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