Clumber Spaniel

Clumber-SpanielClumber Spaniel History:

There are two theories of how the Clumber Spaniel originated. One theory states that it originated from France while the other states that it descended from the old type of Blenheim Spaniel, which was later to be incorporated into the King Charles breed of Spaniel.Until the mid 19th century the breeding of the Clumber Spaniel was mostly restricted to the nobility. The breed is currently recognised as a Vulnerable Native Breed by the UK Kennel Club, meaning it is a breed which fewer than 300 new registrations each year.

Appearance:

The Clumber Spaniel is the largest of the spaniels. It is long and heavy-bodied. Its coat is weather-resistant, straight, and flat with feathering on the ears, belly and legs. Clumber’s are usually white in color with lemon, brown, or orange markings around the eyes, and at the base of the tail. Freckles on the muzzle and front legs are common. The Clumber has a heavy bone structure has a mournful and sleepy expression, a square nose and muzzle, and vine-leaf shaped ears. The height is about 17 to 20 inches while the weight about 55 to 85 pounds.

Temperament:

Clumber Spaniels are affectionate, gentle, sedate and loyal but dignified and aloof with strangers. They enjoy eating, sleeping and curling up on the couch. They tend to drool most of the time but is well-suited for work in upland hunting in dense cover. The broad muzzle of the breed allows it to retrieve a variety of game. The breed has been used to hunt pheasant and partridge. Although the Clumber is rather slow in the field compared to other spaniels, it is a quiet worker with a fine nose and good stamina.

Health:

Clumber Spaniels can suffer from temporary lameness from between six to twelve months of age. The breed also has heat sensitivity. Clumber’s often have difficulties conceiving and giving birth, and may require caesarian sections.The most common severe health conditions in the Clumber Spaniel are entropion/ectropion eye conditions, spinal disc herniation and hip dysplasia. Another common condition the breed may suffer from is impacted anal sacs. They have a lifespan of around 10 years.