Clumber Spaniel

Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Highly affectionate
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Moderate - high
Temperature Preference:
Cold - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Clumber Spaniel Breed

The Clumber Spaniel is long, low and stocky, with a rectangular shape. It has a deep chest and a thick strong brow. The muscular, stocky build carries on throughout the body, and it has very powerful hindquarters. When running, it tends to roll slightly, as a result of it having a squat body on short legs. This combination means it can power through underbrush when hunting. It is the heaviest of the spaniels.

It has a straight, soft, dense coat that keeps it warm and resistant to the weather. Most striking is the white coat of the dog, which makes it easily visible to the hunters it worked alongside. It has a slightly droopy face, and recessed eyes.

It tends to hunt close, reflecting its easy going personality. It is one of the most laid back of the sporting breeds. It has all the hunting instincts, but may need goading to get outside to use them. However, it still loves a good run around, or a nice long walk. It is possible for the Clumber to be happy in a city, unlike a lot of sporting breeds, but it will be more likely to enjoy life better in a country setting.

It is a keen nosed hunter and retriever, and was brought to England from France where they became popular among the nobility of the 1800s. The coat needs brushing two or more times every week, although in order to keep the bright white colour, it may need to be washed more often. It had the potential to drool, and may also snore.

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