The Clumber Spaniel is a gentle, sweet, and pleasant dog, among the most low-key and easygoing of the hunting breeds. The Clumber Spaniel is popular in the United Kingdom, where the breed originated. It is used for tracking and flushing, especially in dense wooded areas.
Very affectionate and playful, and not very active when mature, Clumbers will get along with other dogs household animals. They tend to be a one person dog and can be a bit willful. Clumber Spaniel also sheds quite a bit
Appearance Of The Clumber Spaniel
Height: 16-20 inches
Weight: 55-85 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years.
The Clumber Spaniel is a massive dog with a broad, deep chest. It has a square head, a wide muzzle and large ears that hang forward. he eyes are amber and are deep set. The neck is thick, heavy, and feathered at the throat, and the tail is customarily docked.
The very dense coat is predominantly white, with either lemon or orange markings and is straight and silky. The coat must be groomed regularly and skilled trimming of the coat is usually required. This breed is a heavy shedder.
Use of the Clumber Spaniel in the Field
The Clumber Spaniel is a good gundog used both in small packs and alone for upland hunting of pheasant and partridges. They take naturally to retrieving, and are good water dogs. This breed will work hard in the field and can be virtually unstoppable, not letting anything get in their way.
The Clumber Spaniel’s enormous size and short legs tend to slow the animal down. It is best to hunt birds that will flush rather than birds that run. They are good dogs for those who hunt upland in dense areas and need a dog with good temperament that is not fast, but is reliable. They are most comfortable in cooler weather due to their dense coats.
The Clumber Spaniel at Home
This breed is a gentle person’s dog with a sweet temperament. The Clumber Spaniel will try to sit on your lap to be stroked. Clumbers are trustworthy with children, but do not easily make friends with strangers. This dog likes please and training is not usually difficult.
Young Clumbers grow very rapidly and are extremely active but, as adults they slow down to a large extent. Exercising them is easy; a few minutes of playing fetch and a long daily walk will usually satisfy a full grown Clumber Spaniel. Without enough exercise, it tends to gain weight very easily.
Clumber Spaniels do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised.
History Of The Clumber Spaniel
It is believed that the Clumber Spaniel was developed in mid 18th century France and moved to England during the French Revolution. The Clumber’s history is not well documented, but Basset Hounds and St. Bernards may have contributed to the breed.
The name Clumber derives from the Duke of Newcastle’s estate Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, England.
The Clumber Spaniel is relatively rare in the United States, despite being one of the earliest breeds recognized by the AKC in 1883.