The Clumber Spaniel

Quick Facts

- Good for novice dog owners
- Good with children
- Good with other animals
- Medium size
- Medium exercise need
- High shedding
- Low guard dog abilities
- Low ease of training

Clumber Spaniels are the largest of all the Spaniels. They were developed in the United Kingdom and get their name from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. They were developed to work beside the portly sportsman who hunted afoot and they specialized in hunting in heavy undergrowth. They were first seen in Canada in 1844 and in 1884 were one of the first ten breeds to be officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Clumber Spaniels are easygoing laid-back dogs. They are great hearted, stoic and faithful, not given to aggression or mischief. They can be a little obstinate and are not one that always obeys promptly, but are so sweet natured and mellow they are never a serious problem. Training can take time and needs to be consistent and positive. They are a good breed for the first time dog owner.

Clumber Spaniels make excellent family dogs and fit well into almost any environment, be it country or city, house or apartment. They are quiet and sedentary indoors, and patient and gentle with children and other animals. Despite their almost lazy approach to life, they do require daily exercise to keep them fit and happy. Owners should strive to get them out for an hour or so daily. They are solid hunting dogs and usually enjoy participating in conformation shows and field trials, they make excellent hiking and camping companions and are wonderful therapy dogs.

Clumber Spaniels are sweet natured loving dogs. They are usually a little reserved with strangers, but due to their kind nature cannot be considered a good guard dog. They are comfort-loving dogs who love to sleep on the couch and are not suited to living solely in the backyard. They are not extremely demonstrative dogs, but are a true stalwart friend and companion.

Appearance and Grooming:
Clumber Spaniels are stout slow moving dogs designed to accompany the sportsman who enjoya a leisurely hunt on foot. They measure 17-20 inches at their withers and weigh between 55-85 pounds when full grown. Their coat is mostly white with specks and freckles of lemon or orange on their ears, around their eyes and tails and sometimes on their muzzle and front legs. They should be brushed twice a week. They shed a lot.

Clumber Spaniels are generally healthy dogs prone to only a few health issues. Owners should watch for; hip dysplasia, entropion/ectropion eye conditions and spinal disc herniation. They can also suffer from temporary lameness and mobility problems when they are young due to bone growth. Perspective owners are best to buy from a breeder who offers puppies from OFA registered parents. Clumber Spaniels drool, snore, wheeze and are very heat sensitive. Many Clumbers have difficulties conceiving and giving birth.


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