Quick Stats for the Clumber Spaniel Dog
- Height (at the shoulders): 16 – 20 inches (41 – 51 cm)
- Weight: 55 – 85 pounds (25 – 39 kg)
- Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 years
- AKC Group: Sporting Group – AKC recognized in 1884
- Shedding: heavy shedder
- Living Conditions: okay in apartment (with sufficient exercise); very inactive indoors; small yard okay
Personality of the Clumber Spaniel Dog
These Spaniels are somewhat lazy and tend to be really quiet. In fact, many owners say that they often have to coax their dog into moving. This makes them popular among people living in the city. They are suitable for apartments as long as you give them enough exercise.
Surprisingly, while the Clumber Spaniel is a member of the sporting group, they are actually very calm and laid back dogs. Most other sporting dogs are highly energetic and boisterous. These Spaniels are considered the most easy going of the sporting dogs, but don’t let that fool you. They are always ready for a good hunt and a long day in the field.
These dogs can get along with other dogs, cats, and other household pets as long as they are socialized with them properly.
History of the Clumber Spaniel Dog
The history of this breed goes back to the late 1700s. They are considered one of the oldest and stockiest of all the Spaniels.
The actual origin of the breed is unknown, but many Spaniel enthusiasts believe that they are descended from a mixture of the Alpine Spaniel and the Basset Hound. It is also believed that the St. Bernard dog may have contributed to the mix as well.
The breed got its name sometime around the French Revolution period. It is believed that the name “Clumber” came about because the Duc de Noailles of France transported his Spaniel kennels to Clumber Park, which was where the estate of the Duke of Newcastle was located.
Clumber Spaniels became quite popular among the English nobility. They like the dog’s slow disposition, keen hunting ability, and superb retrieving skills. During that time, only the nobility has access to these dogs, and they tried to keep it that way.
Sometime during the late 1800s, the breed was introduced to the United States of America where its popularity climbed quickly.
The breed was officially registered by the American Kennel Club in 1884 as a member of the Sporting Group.
The Clumber Spaniel Dog Care and Grooming
Like other sporting dogs, the Clumber Spaniel requires some form of exercise. These requirements can be met by providing the dog with a long walk or a relaxing hike if possible.
Grooming these dogs require some heavy brushing several times weekly with a good quality dog brush and a good comb, such as one of the Chris Christensen products. Pay special attention to the coat as it can develop dirty areas that will need to be cleaned. Give them a bath as often as necessary to keep the coat clean. Consider using the Chris Christensen Shampoo.
Clumber Spaniels do have a tendency to drool.
These dogs are heavy shedders.
Health Problems of the Clumber Spaniel Dog
The average life expectancy of the Clumber Spaniel dog is about ten to twelve years.
Major health concerns for this breed are:
- intervertebral disk disease
Minor health issues include:
- otitis externa
Veterinarians recommend having the Clumber Spaniel dog tested specifically for hip, elbow, and eye problems.