The Clumber Spaniel is a dog of medium size and a chunky and sturdy build. This is a very sweet and innocent looking dog with an adorable expression, and long soft ears that frame his face, making him look even sweeter. The weight of the Clumber Spaniel is around 55-70 pounds for females and around 70-85 pounds for males. The height of the Clumber Spaniel is around 17-18 inches for females and 19-20 inches for males. The Clumber Spaniel had a dense, close and soft coat that is silky to the touch and is feathered on the tail, legs, and belly.
Clumber Spaniel Temperament
An eager, affectionate, and intelligent dog, the Clumber Spaniel is a dog that loves to please his owners and will prove to be a loyal and responsive pet. The Clumber Spaniel is dedicated and friendly, and this breed gets along well with children even though they may not have been brought up with them. The Clumber Spaniel loves to play and can sometimes be quite animated, and even clownish about the way that he acts. The Clumber Spaniel has plenty of stamina and is a dog that likes to get on with his work rather than wasting time messing around.
A dignified and enthusiastic breed, the Clumber Spaniel makes a great family pet, and gets on very well with children as well as with other pets and animals. The Clumber Spaniel will also get along with strangers, but his friendly disposition means that he is not the most effective of watchdogs. These dogs can be reserved and even timid, which means that early socialization is very important. The Clumber Spaniel is an energetic dog when outdoors, but his level of activity indoors tends to be low. Although he is a gentle, innocent, and sweet natured dog, the Clumber Spaniel does tend to have a bit of mischievousness about him, which can be both frustrating yet endearing.
The Clumber Spaniel is a high shedder, which means that he is not ideal for allergy sufferers. You will need to comb and brush his coat around three or four times a week to keep it looking good, and you should also check and lean his ear canals to reduce the chances of infection. You may need to trim some of the hairs when they become stray and straggly.
The legend of the Clumber Spaniel says that its ancestors were beaters and retrievers, owned by the French Duc de Noailles, who during the French Revolution sent quite a number of his dogs to the Duke of Newcastle in England to ensure their safety. This may be the reason the history of the dog is split between the two countries, both laying claim to its early development. Where today this avuncular dog methodically tracks and retrieves fallen leaves and hidden insects, at one time it worked as a team to very carefully, step by step, beat game toward the hunters waiting at the end of the field.
But regardless, the development of the Clumber Spaniel is wide and varied with its parent stock disappearing into thin air, with the only written words going back to the last half of the 18th century. The Clumber Spaniel in theory to come from a blend of the Basset Hound with an early European spaniel, the now extinct Alpine Spaniel. England states their name comes form Clumber Park in Nottinghanshire. Unequaled to any dog other than the Bloodhound, this aristocratic breed has been kept pure from any outside sources of plebeian blood for several generations. With a noble and ancient lineage that goes back such a long way, they popularity of the Clumbers around the early 1900s was due to the excellent record these dogs had at field trials. In the United States by 1995, over 500 Clumbers have placed with either an AKC Championship title before their name, or AKC Obedience, Tracking, and Hunting titles after their name.
Regardless which country, Britain or France, laid claim to the original development of the Clumber, their breed was totally confined to the nobleman, not being allowed into any outside hands until the mid-nineteenth century. But during WWI, any breeding operation of this breed was stopped entirely, which caused their numbers to sink to a record low with only a few breeding stock remaining. But in 1925, King George V re-developed the Sandringham Clumbers, with the Royal Kennel producing a line of Clumbers that were working dogs in the field, with durable and outstanding quality showmanship in the dog rings. Rated highly, the King's Clumbers were used in a pack to work the vast rhododendron field around the Sandringham Estate.
After the war, breeding stopped entirely until a period in time when many prominent English kennels appeared, Cuerden, Mason, Mason, Anchorfield, Fatpastures, Oldholbans, Alansmere, Sefton, and Raycroft. The breed was brought over to the United States as early as 1844 by Lt. Venables of the British regiment, stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, introducing the dog to his fellow officers. Recognized as one of the oldest breeds in America, one of the first ten breeds recognized by the AKC when their organization began in 1884, it really did not enter into the mainstream until the past ten years or so.
The Clumber Spaniel has a reputation for "silence in the field" due to the fact it worked in a pack beating the brush silently to quietly force the birds toward the hunter, not causing or forcing the birds to fly. This same personality is seen today, even though the Clumber is a rare breed and hard to come by. Not used in the field as much as it is a family pet or companion today, this breed needs proper training to ensure its quality within the home. This breed is not good for kennel life, preferring human companionship at all times.
Any untrained dog in the world today, with the pace of society at high speed, is a liability to ensure the dog's own safety. No dog should be left untrained, accomplished either professionally or by the owner. Training a Clumber is not as difficult as rumor has it, due to the fact it is loyal and has a strong desire to please, with a very sweet and gentle temperament. As this breed thrives on attention, the respond well to training methods that use positive reinforcement and lots of praise. But an important requirement of the Clumber Spaniel to achieve successful training results is consistency and patience, beginning early training. At this time, the young puppies when first brought home should be taught to walk on a loose lead, to come when called, and to say when commanded, using lots of praise and encouragement when "they do good."
Harsh training or verbal/physical abuse cannot be used with this breed, or any other breed of dog. But this dog in particular will refuse to listen, become bull-headed and stubborn, almost appearing as an unintelligent "dult" to the owner-- its response to such treatment is to totally shut down. Intelligent as they are, this is their way to handle something not in their chemistry to respond to. The more vicious an owner becomes, the more the dog will shut down. If the Clumber Spaniel is not the breed of choice for kindness and decency, then the dog should be placed in a home that can offer it a better way of life. A historical breed with a high-quality aristocratic line, the Clumber does not deserve anything other than love, kindness, decency, and respect for what it was bred for.
The Clumber Spaniel has a life expectancy of around 10 years, which is relatively short compared to many other breeds. There are a number of health problems and disorders that are linked to this breed, and this includes cataracts, HD, entropion, ectroption, and spinal problems. Both parents of the Clumber Spaniel should have OFA and CERF certificates.