Breed Type: Clumber Spaniel
Country of Origin: England
Also knows as:
Males: Height: 45.72 – 50.8 cm Weight: 31.75 – 38.56 kg
Females: Height: 43.18 – 48.26 cm Weight: 24.95 – 31.75 kg
Exercise Requirements: Moderate
Care Requirements: Large
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Best Suited as: Companion Dog
This breed is considered to be a member of the Sporting Group of dogs. The Clumber Spaniel is known because of its slow, rolling, and steady gait. Among the numerous Spaniel breeds, this specific type was considered to be the first breed which was purposely created. Basically, the straight but dense coat sheds continuously and many dogs under this breed drool most of the time. Because of its dense coat, proper grooming is a must for Clumber Spaniel owners in order to maintain the cleanliness of their coat and to minimize the shedding. Unlike other Spaniel breeds, this specific type tends to snore and snuffle more.
A Clumber Spaniel dog is known to be a large kind of dog with its body a bit lower to the ground and a structure of heavy bones. Their chests are a bit wide filled with soft and long hair. Their nose may be the color of the flesh or of brown. The eyes of this breed are usually amber. It is easy to notice that the front legs of Clumber Spaniel dogs are heavy and straight. Unlike the average kind of dogs, the feet of the Clumber Spaniel were webbed in order for them swim efficiently. At an early age, they have dew claws that owners may opt to remove or not. These dogs have a thick coat, medium-length in size, which must be groomed efficiently. The average Clumber Spaniel is in color white with a bit of lemon or orange markings on their eyes, ears, and head. There are some Clumber dogs that have spots at their muzzle areas similar to freckles.
The temperament of the Clumber Spaniel dogs is lovable and gentle. They tend to jump or climb over the laps of their owners without any idea how heavy they are. They are the most hospitable and most welcoming among other breeds because they are always ready to welcome anyone who will enter the door. Because they are too gentle, this breed is not suitable for guarding the house. It may even go away with a complete stranger if owners will not pay attention to their pet. However, any household will surely love the way this dog looks like once it picks any item and wag its tails with the entire rear shaking. This is the kind of breed that will rarely provide any inconvenience to anyone. They will tend to stick around the corner than bark a stranger.
The name of the breed came from the Newcastle’s estate Duke at the Clumber Park in the city of Nottinghamshire, England. Numerous families and locals in the area have their own Clumber Spaniels. In the past, these dogs were either white or orange with fewer bones. Their head is also small compared to the current breed in the market. The first breed was shown in 1859 in England; however, the breed was already introduced in the Northern part of America during 1844. Experts would claim that the breed was intentionally created in order to help hunters in searching under the bushes. Their low body structure makes the search more efficient.
Care and Grooming:
The hair of the Clumber Spaniel sheds most of the time. Whenever the season changes, the shedding is more than the average loss. Daily brushing of its coat will minimize the number of hair that it sheds each day. In addition, brushing will also prevent any loose hair to accumulate in its coating. Breeders would suggest that trimming should be done on its feet, tail, and rear legs; however, trimming should also be done with a proper technique.
Regular bathing of Clumber Spaniels will not damage the dog’s coating; hence, it is safe for owners to bathe the dog regularly. They must only keep in mind that shampoos must be made for dogs’ usage. It is also important to check the shampoo formula. Too strong might incur negative effects to the dog’s coat.
Similar to other breeds, the ears of the Clumber Spaniels must be checked regularly for any signs of irritation and infection. Due to the fact that their ears are hanging, bacteria and wax build up may occur. In cases of wax build up, it is recommended for owners to use a solution that is approved by a veterinarian in order to prevent any health concerns. Brushing their teeth must also be done regularly in order to prevent tartar build up and bad breath.
The life span of Clumber Spaniels is in between ten and twelve years. However, they tend to gain health issues such as allergies, dysplasia, entropion, and obesity. It is important to remember that they are not full of energy which causes their resistance to diseases a bit weak. Owners must still take them for a walk each day in order to maintain their weight and prevent boredom.
Suitability as a Pet:
The Clumber spaniel will be appreciated by any kind of household. They are considered to be an easy-going companion. Depression, similar to other kind of breed, might lead to destructive habits and unwanted activities. A daily task of taking a walk every day and stimulate playful activities are the efficient way to prevent any depression.
This breed is considered to be an easy-to-train pet as long as no harsh discipline will be implemented. Reinforcement in a positive way and numerous treats will make them do what owners want them to do. If done harshly, then, Clumber spaniel dogs will refuse to budge even a little. Experts would recommend consistency when training this breed because they are similar to teenagers that are always testing the limit of the rules. This is the reason why patience is necessary when training the Clumber spaniel dogs.
Clumber Spaniel Organisations in Australia
Clumber Spaniel League Victoria
Clumber Spaniel Organisations in the UK
Clumber Spaniel Club Introduction Page
Clumber Spaniel Organisations in the US
Clumber Spaniel Club of America
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