A happy and husky Clumber Spaniel.
A happy and husky Clumber Spaniel.

Clumber Spaniel

avatarAlanna Mallory, BS, LVT, VTS (SAIM)

Height17 - 20"
Weight55 - 85 lbs
TypeSporting
Life Expectancy12 - 13 years
Area of OriginGreat Britain

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

The Clumber Spaniel is a dense-bodied flushing dog known for its gentle demeanor and affectionate nature. The breed's exact place of origin is a bit of a mystery, but they have been documented since the late 18th century. They were used at the time mostly to frighten and retrieve game for gunmen, though their silence rarely makes them suitable watchdogs. Clumbers are energetic, natural retrievers that love playing fetch, but they're not built for long walks or jogs. Their faces are adorned with endearing wrinkles and a prominent muzzle with long lips, which makes drooling inevitable. Due to their laidback personality and solid build, they're perfect for children and families, both in urban and suburban environments.

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

Where Are Clumber Spaniels From?

It is believed that members of this spaniel breed were gifted to the Duke of Newcastle in the late 18th century by French nobles. The Duke named the breed after his estate (Clumber Park) and was responsible for their development. The breed’s low-slung body and mellow personality are likely the result of crossbreeding with the Basset Hound.

Clumbers maintained their popularity with nobles through the 20th century, finding a place in the hearts of King George V and King Edward VIII. They found their way to Canada in the 1840s and reached the United States thirty years later. The breed has been registered with the American Kennel Club since 1878.

Where Are Clumber Spaniels From?

It is believed that members of this spaniel breed were gifted to the Duke of Newcastle in the late 18th century by French nobles. The Duke named the breed after his estate (Clumber Park) and was responsible for their development. The breed’s low-slung body and mellow personality are likely the result of crossbreeding with the Basset Hound.

Clumbers maintained their popularity with nobles through the 20th century, finding a place in the hearts of King George V and King Edward VIII. They found their way to Canada in the 1840s and reached the United States thirty years later. The breed has been registered with the American Kennel Club since 1878.

Care

What Kind of Diet Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

Keeping your Clumber Spaniel lean and trim will help avoid any potential back issues, so be sure to keep an eye on calories and feed a high-quality, age-appropriate diet.

Caring for a Clumber Spaniel

What Kind of Diet Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

How Much Grooming Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

Are Clumber Spaniels Healthy Dogs?

How Much Training Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

How Much Exercise Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

What Kind of Diet Does a Clumber Spaniel Need?

Keeping your Clumber Spaniel lean and trim will help avoid any potential back issues, so be sure to keep an eye on calories and feed a high-quality, age-appropriate diet.

What Are the Physical Characteristics of a Clumber Spaniel?

They have a solid, low-slung body with luxurious hair and a massive head. Their tail is typically docked and held level with the body. The face has wrinkled skin and a strong muzzle. Height is 17 to 20 inches with an average weight of 55 to 85 pounds.

Yes, the Clumber head is massive, boasting a strong brow and noticeable wrinkle between the eyes. They have a square jaw, strong muzzle, and a large, brown nose. They also have large, amber-colored eyes.

This breed carries itself with dignity. They have a solid, low-slung body, with straight back and deep chest. The neck is long and muscular, and hair feathers along the legs, belly, and chest.

Yes, Clumbers have tails, though they are commonly docked to 1/3 of their natural length. Hair on the tail is feathered, and it is carried level with the body.

Forelimbs are short, featuring dense bone and large feet. Shoulders are laid back and elbows are carried close to the body.

White is the predominant color of the Clumber Spaniel hair coat, paired with either lemon or orange markings.

The hind limbs contain muscular thighs and well-angulated stifles.

Clumber Spaniel Facts

1

Clumber Spaniels were famously featured alongside the Duke of Newcastle in Francis Wheatley's Return from Shooting.

2

The DuPont family kept a kennel of Clumber Spaniels, preventing the breed from becoming obsolete in the United States. They were used in both the field and dog show rings.

3

The Clumber Spaniel is known as a silent hunter, making it very easy for them to sneak up on and startle game while on the job.

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References

  • Morris, Desmond. Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of Over 1,000 Dog Breeds. Trafalgar Square, 2002.
  • Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World. T.F.H Publications, Inc., 1995.
  • Clumber Spaniel Dog Breed Information. American Kennel Club, 2021.

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