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Adopt a Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel Dog Breed

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gundog, spaniel

Area of origin:


Original function:

bird flushing and retrieving

Average size of male:

Ht: 19-20, Wt: 70-85

Average size of female:

Ht: 17-19, Wt: 55-70

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Clumber Spaniel Dog Temperament

Among the most low-keyed and easygoing of sporting breeds, the clumber spaniel is nonetheless a hunter at heart, ever ready for a day in the field. At home he tends to be quiet and may even need to be goaded into exercise. The clumber spaniel is suitable for city life, although he will relish walks and outings. He makes a good pet, especially devoted to one person.

Clumber Spaniel Dog Care

The clumber enjoys a daily outing, but his exercise requirements can be met with a long walk on leash or a leisurely hike in the field. The coat needs brushing two to three times weekly, although in dirty areas he may need more frequent bathing in order to keep his coat a gleaming white. Clumbers tend to drool and, at times, snore.

Clumber Spaniel Dog Health

Major concerns: CHD, entropion
Minor concerns: intervertebral disc problems, ectropion
Occasionally seen: epilepsy
Suggested tests: hip, eye
Life span: 10-12 years

Interested in the history of the Clumber Spaniel dog breed?

The stockiest of the spaniels, the clumber is also one of the oldest, dating to the late 1700s. Although the exact derivation of the breed is unknown, it is likely that the old heavy-headed Alpine spaniel and the low-bodied basset hound played prominent roles in his development. The breed did not get his name until around the time of the French Revolution, when it is believed that the Duc de Noailles of France moved his spaniel kennels to the Duke of Newcastle's English estate, Clumber Park. Clumber spaniels appealed to the English nobility, who appreciated this slow-moving but especially keen-nosed hunter that was also an adept retriever. The breed was not readily available to commoners, because the nobility discouraged his popularity except among higher society. As befitting their high status, clumbers were among the earliest breeds to be shown. They came to America in the late 1800s. Their popularity has remained strongest in the field, although clumbers have attained high show honors. They remain generally unknown to the public despite their many attributes.

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