Clumber Spaniels


Clumber Spaniels

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Breed Notes:

The ancestry of this breed of spaniel is lost in history but it is believed that he may have been developed in France to work in denser terrain than existing spaniels. His name comes from Clumber Park, the estate of an admirer of the breed, the Duke of Newcastle in Nottingham, England. The breed became fashionable in the late nineteenth century when King Edward VII bred them. The Clumber has definite hound type features and is used for flushing his prey. He is also a fine retriever. He is renowned for his stealth and silence when working. Because of his slow, steady working method, he has been described as the "retired gentleman's shooting dog." The breed was recorded in stud books in the United States in 1878 and accepted by the American Kennel Club when it was founded in 1884.
The Clumber is a fine tracker and retriever, albeit slower than other spaniels. Although a very dignified breed, he also has great enthusiasm for work and play. He is an excellent companion who is loyal and affectionate. Frequent walks are advisable to prevent him from becoming overweight.
The Clumber's head is massive in comparison to his body structure. His skull is flat with a large protuberance at the top (the occiput). There is a distinct drop (stop) between the skull and muzzle. His muzzle is medium in length with a large, square flesh-colored nose and upper lips that hang well over the lower jaw. His dark amber eyes have a soft expression and are set beneath heavy brows. The ears are low set, broad and triangular shaped. They hang alongside the head. His shoulders are muscular and strong. His body is heavy boned and set on short legs. He moves with a distinctive rolling gait which can be maintained through a full day of hunting. The back is straight and long in comparison to height. He has a double coat. The undercoat is dense while the outer coat is weather resistant. It is straight and flat but not harsh. There is feathering on the underbelly, front legs, back hocks, chest and outer ear. The tail is usually docked and carried parallel to the ground. Coat color is predominantly white with either lemon or orange markings that occur mainly on the head and legs. Average height is between seventeen and twenty inches. Average weight is between fifty five and eighty five pounds.


sglennon@prodigy.net of Connecticut writes:

Fine breed, gentle as a lamb, steady by nature, angel in a dog suit.
First the bad news. Clumber puppies can be hard to find and expensive to buy. Many good breeders will want to interview you to be sure you are giving their precious pups the kind of home they need. The can drool and they shed.
BUT ... this is a breed that is so adaptable and fine. Have an estate with many acres? Fine, but your Clumber can do just as well in an apartment in the city or a house in the suburbs. For a large dog (50 to 85+ pounds) they do not require much more exercise than a couple of walks a day and they rarely bark. Of course, if you are looking for a guard dog, this isn't going to be your choice. They are susceptible to various physical problems: hips, eyelids and tendency to ear infections. Like many large breeds, exercise carefully for the first year or so, no running, etc.
I read a description of this breed that said something to the effect that the puppies look like little bears and the adults like jolly Irish washerwomen, with hearts as warm and large as those ladies. They are truly delightful animals. Wherever you go they are sure to be noticed as they are so beautiful, with that snowy white coat and lovely orange or lemon markings. But if you do have one Clumber, you'll be forever spoiled and will surely want another and another.


Peterathouse@mail.com of the U.S. writes 12/9/00:

Although it is not the fastest dog, It is the best.
It's only two turn-offs are loose skin and slow mobility. The Clumber Spaniel is a great house pet and great for hunter's retrieving needs. They may be slow but, they are great with kids and other family members. They are not very dominant and are not great watch-dogs. Their best quality is their affection for people. Their size is great, they are not super-large nor super-small they are perfect! Clumber Spaniels are the best dogs in the world, no they are the best pet in the world and are up for adoption so go and get one now. They will be great friends for the rest of their/your life.


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