The Gentle Hunting Dog: Clumber Spaniel

Originating from the highlands in United Kingdom, the Clumber Spaniel is one of the most efficient gundog or hunting breeds around. It is described as a temperate, pleasant, and caring dog. Its skills in flushing and tracking, used effectively in forests and other wooded areas, make the Clumber Spaniel a popular choice for hunting companions in the United Kingdom.


Clumbers are innately affectionate. This is why most of the time, they get along really well with other pets as well as with other dog breeds. And while they start out playful and rambunctious in their early years, they become quite mellow as they get older. As a pet, Clumbers are potentially one-person dogs. Once they’ve chosen you as their partner in life, they will devote themselves to you. However, like most hunting dogs, Clumbers tend to be a little willful and independent. They thrive on exploring and are quite curious.

Description and Appearance

The Clumber Spaniel is considerably a big dog. It stands 16 to 20 inches in height and weighs around 55 to 85 pounds. This is a breed equipped with a deep and wide chest span. From the front, its muzzle appears wide and its head is squarish. The most impressionable feature of Clumbers are their large ears that droop towards the front. Their eyes are deep set and are dark amber in shade while their noses are either brown or flesh in color. Its neck is thick from being densely covered with feathery fur at the throat; thereby, giving it a heavy look.

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Another noticeable feature of Clumbers is their thick coat. Most dogs of this type are mainly white in color. Others sport some yellowish or orange-toned markings. Clumber hair is straight, soft, and silky to the touch. Also, this is a breed that sheds heavily. It needs regular brushing or combing. In some cases, professional trimming might be needed.

Speed-wise, however, Clumber Spaniels tend to fall short. Their huge built, along with their stumpy legs, make it difficult for the dog to keep up with a fast pace. This is the reason why Clumbers are used only in flushing and not in chasing after the game. This breed is ideal for hunters who need gundogs with calm temperaments and with a keen hunting sense that works especially well in wooded areas. And because of their thick coat, these dogs are more suited for highlands or areas with cold climate.

As A Pet

Clumbers can be excellent companion dogs too. Their calm and charming ways are more than reason for you to consider this dog as a pet. They are good lapdogs as they will love and be contented with sitting beside you or on your lap while you stroke them. Clumbers also interact well with children. But they are wary of strangers. However, training this dog will be quite easy as Clumbers aim to please their masters.

Clumber puppies are a bundle of energy and vigor. Small as they are at a young age, you will be surprised at how fast they can grow. All dogs need their daily dose of exercise. And this breed is no exception. Adult Clumber Spaniels need long walks or dynamic activities such as playing catch or Frisbee. When a Clumber lacks movement and exercise, you can expect it to grow very overweight, a condition, which may cause health problems. Despite their being hunting dogs, Clumbers can easily adapt to city or apartment life provided that they get enough exercise.

History and Origin

Clumber Spaniels are said to be a breed that was developed in France sometime in the 18th century. When the French Revolution, reproduction of the breed was moved and resumed in England. It is unfortunate that this breed’s development and history were not well-recorded. However, experts posit that breeds such as the Basset Hound and the Saint Bernard are major contributor

s to the breed. This breed got its named from an estate in Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, England, which was then owned by the Duke of Newcastle.

PopularityWhile the Clumber Spaniel is a popular breed in the United Kingdom as well as one of the breeds to gain early AKC recognition in 1883, it is still quite a rare breed in the United States.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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