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Clumber Spaniel Dog Breed Profile

Clumber Spaniel

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Clumber belongs to the Gundog group and enjoys field work. A good companion and family pet, the Clumber is also seen in the show ring. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
Clumbers are good eaters and care must be taken to ensure that they do not become overweight. As puppies, they grow very quickly and a nutritious diet must be given to ensure the correct development of healthy bones. 
Other Expenses
The average cost of a puppy is £600. 
9 - 15 years
The Clumber lives for 12 – 14 years. 
Average Litter Size
The average number of puppies in a litter is between 4 – 6. 
General Physical Description
Well-balanced, heavily-boned dogs, with a dense, medium-length, silken coat. Known for the characteristic ‘Clumber Roll’, caused by the driving action from behind onto the broad heavy shoulders, and the markedly heavy brow with a thoughtful, kindly expression, the Clumber is very easy to pick out in a crowd.

Height Min Max
Bitch 0cm (0") 0cm (0")
Dog 0cm (0") 0cm (0")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 30kg (66lbs) 30kg (66lbs)
Dog 36kg (79lbs) 36kg (79lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Dogs should weigh around 36kgs, bitches around 30kgs. There is no specified height limit. 
Hip Dysplacia and eye problems, mainly Entropion & Ectropion, are prone in the breed and therefore puppies should be chosen from hip scored and eye screened parentage. Disk problems of the back also occur.  
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
Little is known of the origin of the breed but there is a 1788 painting by F Wheatley, which depicts a similar type of dog with the Duke of Newcastle in Clumber Park. The breed appears to have made its mark on the aristocrats of Great Britain and, during his reign, King George V bred many working and show champions at Sandringham. From the post war years until the 1960’s, the breed went into a decline but, thanks to a few dedicated enthusiasts, their qualities were maintained, and they are now becoming more popular in the field and in the show ring. 
A highly intelligent breed, and their great desire to please, makes Clumbers easy to train. < 
Show Characteristics
The head should be large and square with an obvious occiput, heavy brow and deep stop. The muzzle should also be square with well-developed flews. The eyes should be dark amber and slightly sunken showing some haw. The ears should be large and vine-shaped and well-covered with straight hair. The jaws should be strong with a perfect scissor bite. A fairly long, thick and muscular shoulders. The front legs should be short, straight and well-boned. The body should be long and heavy and near to the ground with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs. The back should be straight, broad and long with muscular loins. The hindquarters should be very powerful and well-developed with low hocks and well-bent stifles. The feet should be large, round and well-covered in hair. The tail, whether docked or not, should be set low, well-feathered and carried level with the back. 
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
0 - 20 minutes per day.
Being a very laid-back breed, Clumbers will adapt their exercise requirements to the family. However, they do love field work and, whilst not as fast as the lighter spaniels, will very happily do the work of a beater. As puppies, exercise and training must be restricted to ensure the correct development of their bones. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
Steady and easy-going, Clumbers are ideal companion dogs, wanting nothing more than to please the family. They adore children and get on famously with other household pets. They are wary of strangers but will serve their own family to the end. Clumbers are more aloof than other spaniels, showing no signs of aggression. 
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
> Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
To keep Clumbers looking their best, the coat should be groomed regularly with a brush and comb. The ear passages must be kept free of hair and should be checked out very regularly to stop an infection setting in. Occasional trimming will also be required. Definitely NOT for the house-proud as Clumbers will shed profusely!  
Clumbers are always lemon and white or orange and white - white being the predominant colour on the body. The coloured markings are mainly on the head, with patches or markings being sparse on the body and legs.  
Suffers From Allergies

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