An heavyset, slow moving spaniel with a gentle expression.
The History Of The Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel originated in England during the 19th Century.
The Clumber Spaniel is named after Clumber Park which was the estate of the Duke of Newcastle. The original base stock believed to have been given to one of an English Duke in the 1750’s from France.
The oversized retriever became a favorite of British Royalty. It became recognized as a true breed in England in 1859 and was first registered in the US in 1883.
It has never been the spaniel of choice for many serious hunters, who prefer a dog with a quicker turn of speed.
Description Of The Clumber Spaniel
The hanging ears are unaltered and the short tail, which is held level to the back is usually docked in the US. The docking of dogs' tails was banned in England from 6 April 2007.
The Clumber Spaniel is a large and powerful dog .with a broad, deep chest. The head is broad, square and wide across the top. The nose is brownish or flesh colored. Eyes are and fairly deeply set. The ears are large, well covered in hair and hang forward. The neck is thick and feathered at the throat. Dewclaw removal is optional. The shoulders are strong and muscular with short, straight and strong limbs.
The coat is straight, silky and abundant coat. The color is always white with orange markings permissible on the head. The fewer markings on the body the better.
This breed averages 19 - 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 65 - 80 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The coat should be regularly groomed using brush and comb. Skilled trimming of the coat is required. Ears and eyes need to be cleaned and inspected regularly. Remove excess hair under the ears. This breed is a heavy shedder.
The Clumber Spaniel is gentle, sweet sweet natured and quite intelligent. It is the most laid back of the hunting breeds. They are affectionate, playful and well behaved. Not very active when mature.
They will get along with other animals that have been raised with them. Tend to be a one person dog and somewhat willful. They are usually trustworthy with family children but they are not at ease with strangers although never be timid or hostile.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Clumber Spaniel is around 10 - 12 years.
Reported health problems include hip dysplasia, some are prone to panosteitis (or juvenile lameness). Cataracts, dry eyes, and entropion. They tend to drool, wheeze and snore. They have a tendency for swallowing foreign objects. Gain weight easily so do not over feed. May be prone to flea and skin allergies. They may need to be fed a lamb & rice diet.
Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
They will do fine in an apartment if given sufficient exercise. Very inactive indoors, so small yard will suffice. Happier in cool weather due to their dense coats.
Puppies grow rapidly and are very active. They slow down considerably as they mature. A few minutes daily exercise is usually enough for a full grown Clumber. They particularly enjoy playing at retrieving. They are good for people who like frequent walks but jogging on pavement should be avoided. Good swimmers. Be careful to balance diet with diet to avoid them becoming overweight.
For More Information on the Clumber Spaniel
To get more information, check out the Clumber Spaniel website:
There may also be rescue dogs available. Check for details on:
A large heavyset Spaniel. Tend to become overweight if overfed or under exercised. OK in an apartment. Good with family children and other pets they have been brought up with.
:: Clumber Spaniel Training ::