Clumber Spaniel

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Is the Clumber Spaniel right for you?

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The basics:
The largest of the Spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel was developed in England to hunt in dense cover in silence, allowing it to approach very close to its prey. Athough one of the oldest spaniel breeds, first registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1884, this dignified breed has been surpassed in popularity by other spaniels like the happy-go-lucky Cocker Spaniel.

As a result, this mellow breed might be a good choice for owners who enjoy reviving rare breeds. As a bonus, it may prove to be surprisingly mellow pet. The rather comical appearance would endear this dog to many, if only they knew it existed.

Appearance / health:
The Clumber Spaniel is a large white, well-boned dog with a large, square head and a short wide muzzle. The eyes are small in comparison to the head and slightly slanting. The ears are set low, triangular, and generally drooping. The neck of the breed is short, broad, slightly arched, and muscular with dense hair around the throat. The tail is long, set low and covered with thick hair. It is held upright curving over the back when alert and hanging down when relaxed.

The Clumber Spaniel is a heavy shedder and requires regular brushing and combing. The ears and eyes require regular cleaning.

Their exercise requirements are moderate. Play sessions and walks keep the Clumber Spaniel in good shape. Working Spaniels require more exercise than pet spaniels.

The Clumber Spaniel is prone to panosteitis (juvenile lameness), obesity, hip dysplasia (a hereditary disorder of the hip joints causing crippling and lameness), cataracts, dry eyes, flea and skin allergies, and entropion (an eye disorder in which the eyelid turns inward causing inflammation of the eyes).

Behavior / temperament:
The Clumber Spaniel does not get friendly with strangers easily, but loves to be in human company always. An adult Cumber can be lazy. Its determination, focus, and strong hunting instincts make it a good hunting and retrieving dog.

The Clumber Spaniel is a slow learner therefore requires patient and repetitive training. It responds best to firm, consistent, and gentle training. The breed is not suited to harsh training methods.

The Clumber Spaniel is generally quiet and barks only at unusual things or strangers.


working sporting breed, long silky hair, sweet disposition, typical spaniel personality


drool, health problems, Clumber hair, massive slobber, eye problems


biggest spaniels

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