The Clumber Spaniel is a quiet gun dog, which helped hunters find and retrieve game birds. The largest of the spaniel type of dogs, the Clumber Spaniel can be recognized by its large head and heavy, white coat with orange or lemon markings.
A Clumber Spaniel may look sleepy but it is an active breed that comes to life outdoors. It can be aloof to strangers but it is a generally sweet and mild-mannered dog, which can be a wonderful addition to people’s families.
Clumber Spaniel Dogs and Puppies
What is a Clumber Spaniel?
The Clumber Spaniel has every potential to be a coach potato but can also be pretty lively as an outdoor companion. Read this post to find out if the Clumber Spaniel is the furry companion you’re yearning for.
Where does the Clumber Spaniel come from?
The Clumber Spaniel originally comes from England, specifically in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire (hence the name ‘Clumber’). The breed has a bit of an aristocratic past, as it was favored among the hunters from noble families—even British monarchs like King Edward VII.
One theory on the breed’s origin suggests the line may have descended from the spaniels that were bred with the Basset Hound and the Great Pyrenees. They were shipped by a duke from France to England during the French Revolution.
In 1844, a British officer brought the first Clumber Spaniel to America. The Clumber has been recognized by the American Kennel Club early on and the first registration was in 1878. But it is a rare breed and it took almost a century before the Clumber Spaniel Club of America was established.
What does a Clumber Spaniel look like?
Clumber Spaniels are heavyset, having low but long and solid bodies. They look mid-size but they’re actually quite dense as they have a heavy bone structure. They have large heads, with faces that tend to droop—although not as much as Bassets. Because of this, they look sad and sleepy.
Their coats are dominantly white, with lemon or orange markings around their eyes and ears. These colors might also appear like freckles around the muzzle and the base of their tails. They have mid-length hair that is soft, thick, and straight.
Clumber Spaniels stand at 17 to 18 inches and weigh around 25 to 39 kg.
What is the Clumber Spaniel like?
Clumbers are mild-mannered, gentle, and affectionate dogs, with tendencies to be aloof and reserved around strangers. Even though they are easygoing, they have a knack to be clownish and might be a bit mischievous.
They do look sleepy, even lazy—as they like to lie around on couches. But they are gun dogs and can suddenly be invigorated once they are outdoors. Since they have a history of the retrieving game, they tend to like carrying things in their mouth.
They need regular exercise to keep them happy. As most Clumbers like swimming, owners must be able to give them the opportunity to do so.
Although they can be aloof, they mostly get along well with people and animals.
When is a Clumber Spaniel fully grown?
Physically, the breed can grow rather rapidly but they are slow to mature in terms of behaviour—its puppyhood can last longer than most. As a puppy, a Clumber Spaniel can be very spirited and animated. But when a Clumber reaches 2 to 4 years old, it becomes more settled and calm. Dogs, in general, are fully grown by the age of 2 or 3.
As the Clumber gets older, it becomes more vulnerable to a number of ailments. For example, it can suffer temporary lameness between the age of 6 months to 12.
How can you groom a Clumber Spaniel?
Clumber Spaniels are considered heavy shedders and there are days they shed even more heavily than usual. Brushing their coat three times a week for 15 minutes can suffice but they sometimes need to be brushed daily. Because Clumbers tend to slobber and drool, owners might also consider paying extra attention in cleaning the mouth area.
To avoid ear infections, their ears have to be kept dry and clean. Their nails need to be trimmed every few weeks as well.
How much are Clumber Spaniel puppies?
Clumber Spaniel puppies can cost around USD $800 to $1,000. Costs vary depending on the quality of the puppy’s line and the credibility of its breeder. Puppies from well-known professional breeders can cost more than $1,000.
Are Clumber Spaniels good pets?
Clumber Spaniels are sweet and they enjoy bonding with their family. Moreover, they are good playmates to children. They can be a bit willful, yes, maybe even quiet especially around strangers. But they are nonetheless, generally pleasant dogs.
See the working qualities of the Clumber Spaniel in this video about the Working Clumber Spaniel:
The Clumber Spaniel is a gentle, friendly, and affectionate breed. This dog’s pleasant disposition makes it an ideal family pet. It can get along with children and it is sturdy enough to withstand a bit of rough play. The Clumber Spaniel is not exactly a very common breed. So, if you want to have this dog, expect to be on a waiting list.
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