The spaniel group of dogs has 15 American Kennel Club recognized breeds, however, there are many variations of these breeds. So it's no wonder that many of them drift unnoticed under the radar.
The Clumber spaniel is one of the lesser known spaniels, but is a recognized breed, surprisingly, one of the first 10 breeds recognised by the American Kennel Club. Having originated in the United Kingdom, the clumber spaniel was often a companion to members of the royal family, used as flushing dogs, primarily for poultry. Due to their need to plow through under growth whilst hunting, the Clumber Spaniel has a low, heavy, muscular build, somewhat like a small bulldozer. The clumber spaniel is the largest of the flushing spaniels standing up to 20 inches or 50 centimeters at the shoulder and weighing up to 85 pounds or 38 kilograms.
The Clumber Temperament
The clumber spaniel has a temperament and general demeanor described as care free and easy going. However they can be a handfull when they are out and about. The clumber spaniel loves to swim and can become fixated on a scent, as many hunting dogs can. They are quite active outdoor and can be fantastic playmates for children, with an easy to train, eager to please attitude. However, they do have a tendancy to be wary around strangers, in contrast, they make terrible watch dogs as they only bark when they have an opinion to share.
How Long Do We Get To Love Them?
Unfortunately, like all dogs, the clumber spaniel does not have a lifespan any where near as long as we would like. Although as a medium sized dog, they have an average lifespan of 10 - 12 years. This breed does not seem to be prone to any life threatening illnesses, however they are prone to entropian, due to their wrinkly faces, and hip displasia and spinal disc herniation because of their heavy bones, all of which can be managed and treated medically when caught early.
The clumber spaniel has a beautiful, thick coat which generally comes in white with faint lemon or orange markings. Due to the long, dense nature of the coat, shedding is quite regular and therefor, frequent brushing, at least once a week is essential. For a dog that is not working, a monthly bath is sufficient, however their droopy ears need special care to prevent ear infections, which can be achieved with regular cleaning with a damp cloth.
|Breed Group:||Sporting (AKC:1884)|
Gun Dogs (UKC)
|Life span:||10-12 years|
|Height:||16-20 inches (41-51 cm)|
|Weight:||55-85 pounds (25-39 kg)|
|Litter Size:||2-8 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $800 - $1200 USD|