Clumber Spaniel Information

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The Clumber Spaniel is a massive breed of spaniel. The breed’s neck is brawny and feathered at the throat, and their shoulders are robust and carried level with their back. They have stout, well-muscled limbs and a strong jaw. They have broad, deep chests and a large, square-shaped head. The head is wide across its top and features a nose that is brown or flesh in color. Their stop is deep and their muzzle is wide. Their deep-eyes are amber in color, and their large ears hang forward in the shape of vine leaves. The coat of the Clumber Spaniel is feathered and predominately white in color. Lemon or orange markings may or may not be present. Tails of this breed are usually docked.

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Character

The Clumber Spaniel is docile, affectionate, and sweetly-tempered. They are among the most laid-back of hunting breeds. Playful and gentle, this breed is well-behaved and will usually get along well with other dogs and pets. They tend to be a one person dog. They are trustworthy around children, but they are generally non-accepting of strangers. They are never timid or aggressive, but they are not the type of dog to make friends with everyone they meet. This breed does not respond well to heavy-handed or stern discipline. They do best with a gentle owner. The Clumber Spaniel aims to please, and they have a good memory. Training this breed is usually comparatively easy, but puppie may be difficult to housebreak.

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Size

16 – 20 inches
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Weight

55 – 85 pounds
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General Health

Some lines of the Clumber Spaniel are prone to panosteitis (juvenile lameness). Because of the breed’s large size, they are also susceptible to hip dysplasia. Cataracts, dry eyes, skin allergies, flea allergies, and/or entropion are sometimes present. This breed has a tendency to drool, snore, and wheeze. They are also known to put on weight and swallow foreign objects. The Clumber Spaniel typically lives for 10 to 12 years.


The Clumber Spaniel is also known to have many allergies and to be allergic to many things.

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History

The Clumber Spaniel is the heaviest breed of Spaniel. The breed was developed in France by a duke of Noailles in the year 1768. Threatened by the Revolution, this duke brought his dogs to England and honed the breed close to the safety of his family’s home in Newcastle. The Clumber Spaniel was first shown in the beginning of the 19th century. The breed was kept by several British monarchs including Prince Albert, King Edward VII, and King George V. The Clumber Spaniel was originally used to hunt pheasant and partridge. It is suited for working alone and in small packs. Although the breed is not particularly fast, they are quiet workers that have very keen noses. The breed’s history is not well documented, but many believe the breed’s contributors include the Basset Hound and St. Bernard. The Clumber Spaniel is a rare breed that is difficult to find.

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Maintenance

The feathered coat of the Clumber Spaniel should be brushed and combed on a regular basis. Many owners of this breed have their dog(s) professionally trimmed. Ears and eyes of this breed should be inspected and cleaned frequently. Ear irritations are likely to occur in this breed, and there are special lotions that are capable of treating them when they arise. The Clumber Spaniel is a heavy shedder.

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Ideal Environment

The Clumber Spaniel is content to live in a small household or apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. They are an inactive breed indoors, and they will be okay with a small yard. They are most comfortable in cool climates. They grow rapidly and are very active outdoors, but as adults they slow down. They love to play fetch and can get sufficient daily exercise with just a few minutes of this game per day. The Clumber Spaniel is a good swimmer and athlete, but they have a propensity to put on weight.

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