Breed Organization Clumber Spaniel Club of America Website:
http://www.clumbers.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names Clumbers Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 2-8 Puppies Breed Group AKC Sporting
Breed Appearance The Clumber Spaniel is the largest of the
spaniels, and is long and heavy-bodied. It is similar in shape to
the smaller Sussex Spaniel. The Clumber has a heavy bone structure,
has a massive 'melting' head with a mournful and sleepy expression,
a square nose and muzzle, and large vine-leaf shaped ears. Freckles
on the muzzle and front legs are common. Its coat is dense,
weather-resistant, straight, and flat with feathering around the
ears, belly and legs. Clumbers are predominantly white in color with
lemon, brown, or orange markings around the eyes, and at the base of
Breed Description Head: Angular, massive. Broad skull.
Pronounced occipital peak. Heavy brow bones. Strongly pronounced
stop. Heavy, angular muzzle. Strong jaws. Ears: Large, shaped like grape leaves, hanging slightly
forward. Feathering. Eyes: Dark amber. Conjunctiva slightly visible. Body: Massive, long, close to the ground. Thick, powerful neck.
Chest well let-down. Well-sprung ribs. Flanks well let-down. Very
powerful hindquarters. Muscular loin. Straight, long, broad back. Tail: Set on low, carried level with the topline.
Well-feathered. Hair: Thick, dense, silky, and straight. Feathering on the legs
and chest. Coat: White with lemon markings, orange is allowed. Light
markings on the head and flecks on the muzzle. Size: Dog: approx. 48 cm. (19 in).Bitch: approx. 46 cm. (18
in). Weight: Ideal: dog: 34 kg. (75 lb).Bitch: 29.5 kg. (65 lb).
History The Clumber Spaniel, the largest of the
spaniels, is thought to be of French origin. In the eighteenth
century, the Duke of Noailles apparently gave a pair of these dogs
to the Duke of Newcastle, who lived in the Clumber Park castle near
Nottingham. Uncommon in England, the breed is quite rare in France.
Until the mid 19th century the breeding of the Clumber Spaniel was
mostly restricted to the nobility. During World War I breeding was
stopped entirely causing their numbers to decrease to a record low.
In 1925, King George V re-developed a line of Clumbers in the Royal
Kennel and were used in the fields in the Sandringham Estate.
Behavior The Clumber Spaniel has an excellent nose, and
his search is slow, silent, and limited in range but persistent. He
is a good flusher of rabbit, woodcock, and pheasant. He is a good
retriever, fearing neither brambles nor water. In England he is used
in packs on pheasant hunts. He is less friendly than other spaniels
but calm, playful, and kind, making him a good pet. He has no
aggressive tendencies. He needs firm, patient training.
Health Because Clumber Spaniels are large boned and
fast growing, they can suffer from temporary lameness from between
six to twelve months of age, with this lameness subsiding when bone
growth is complete. Another common condition that the breed suffers
from are impacted anal sacs and the dog may require them to be
emptied by a veterinarian. The final common condition that the breed
has is heat sensitivity, if Clumber Spaniels are left without shade,
they can become uncomfortably hot and dehydrated.
addition, Clumbers often have difficulties conceiving and giving
birth, and may require caesarian sections. Some dogs may suffer from
sensitivity to anaesthesia. The most common severe health conditions
in the Clumber Spaniel are entropion/ectropion eye conditions,
spinal disc herniation and hip dysplasia.
Advice Preferably, he should live in the country. He
needs space and exercise, as well as frequent brushing and regular
attention to the ears.