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Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel often earns little more than a giggle from those seeing him for the first time.  Indeed, with his substance and low slung body, he seems little like the other Spaniels with their racy lines that imply speed and drama of the hunt.  However, the Clumber Spaniel was intended as the companion for a hunter on foot, an afternoon leisurely exploring a woodland or grassy hill in search of game that would make the leisurely walk justifiable.  Nevertheless, the Clumber deserves a loyal following with his affable nature, easy going temperament and solid attitude.  Quite possibly the Spaniel that would make the best family companion of all the Spaniel breeds is among the most uncommon, that may be the only tragedy of it all.  Even so, those that know and love Clumbers, understand the treasure they have.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingSpaniel Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 55-85 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: white with lemon or orange markings Coat type: Lightly feathered silky coat with minimal wave
Recognized Registries: FCI, NCA, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Heavy slow and long bodied, the Clumber is a serious hunter but built to accompany a leisurely hunter on foot.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate
General Nature: genial, affable, low key
  with Children: generally exceptional but children must be well behaved and supervised
  with other pets: generally good except those that might be seen as prey by this hunter
  with dogs: generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate but thorough to prevent shyness
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the easy going nature, lower energy and comic quality of this charming breed.
Temperament Notes: Easy going but persistent in the field, good stamina and intelligence, not to be underestimated as a worker.
Training requirement: Moderate, socialization, basic manners, would also enjoy another activity whether long walks, hikes, agility, obedience, etc.
Trainer notes: The Clumber Spaniel is possibly the most laid back of the Sporting breeds.  No doubt gaining some of that attitude from the infusion of Basset Hound ancestry it is presumed to have.  Even so, the Clumber can be a very serious and dedicated worker and a trainer that takes the time to work happily with a Clumber will be rewarded with a delightful and insightful training partner.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s
Country of Origin: France and/or England
Original Function: walking hunter's companion
History: Myth has it that the breed was developed in France but moved to England during the French Revolution where it was further developed.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, too refined, poor dentition
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems(including RD), skin/allergy issues
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Clumber Spaniels?
  • Why do you have Clumber Spaniels (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Clumber Spaniel?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Clumber Spaniel?
  • How would you describe the ideal Clumber Spaniel home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Clumber Spaniel?
  • Web Sites:

    Clumber Spaniel Club of America Rescue


    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - UKC Clumber Spaniel Standard - Clumber Spaniel Club of America (AKC parent club) Standard

    Breeder Ethics: - Clumber Spaniel Club of America Code of Ethics



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