Basics of Dog Breed: Clumber Spaniel

Posted on December 03 2018

Basics of Dog Breed: Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a medium to large sized dog, well proportioned and strong. The shapes of the Clumber-Spaniel are characterized by straight movements and rather easy, despite its stature. It is a very particular dog that will arouse curiosity and many lusts.

Race history

If the Clumber Spaniel breed was developed in Britain , it seems that its ancient origins lie in France . It would have been brought to the British Isles by the Duke of Newcastle. The latter then began farming on his property, that of Clumber Park , in Nottinghamshire County (east-central England). It is from this house that the dog takes its name .

The standards of the breed have gradually evolved over time, but it is especially in terms of weight that changes have been noted. Indeed, already rather heavy at the beginning, the Clumber-Spaniel saw its weight increase substantially towards the middle of the last century. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) on December 9, 1954.

Physical characteristics

Its hair: tight, soft, abundant and straight, with fringes on the limbs and chest.
Its color: mostly white with lemon or orange marks, especially on the head.
Its head: square, moderately long, rather broad and massive. The skull is broad in its upper part, the occiput is marked and the eyebrows heavy. The stop is deep, the muzzle heavy and square, the chops well developed, the jaws strong and perfectly articulated in scissors.
Its ears: large, with straight hair, shaped like a vine leaf and slightly forward.
Its eyes are dark amber in color and show a sweet and thoughtful expression.
Its body :powerful, robust, well muscled and writable in a rectangle, the length being greater than the height at the withers. The neck is long and thick, the back straight, long and broad, the chest well down, the ribs well arched and the flank well descended.
Its tail: low attachment, medium length, well covered with fringes, worn at the back, thick at the root and gradually tapering towards its end.

Behavior with others

The Clumber-Spaniel  is a well- balanced hunting and companion dog . It is mainly  used as a game dog . At work, he is imperturbable, determined and self-assured , but very discreet . He points out his extremely fine flair and his remarkable intelligence. The Clumber-Spaniel is also full of dignity and gentleness. He is rather distant towards foreigners , but never shows aggression.


As with any hunting dog, it is essential to learn the Clumber-Spaniel  reminder from an early age . His intelligence and his desire to please his master are key elements in his learning, which must be firm , but never brutal.

Living conditions

The  Clumber-Spaniel  prefers to live close to nature , in a country house or forest edge for example, but it can quite accommodate an urban environment if it is sufficiently walk and stimulated to daily.


Because of its rather heavy physical constitution, Clumber-Spaniel  can suffer from various health problems including its skeleton and its joints : incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle (IOCH), dysplasia of the hip, elbow pain, but also uterine inertia and difficult calving (may require caesarean section) in the female. For the rest, the Clumber-Spaniel is a dog overall resistant and protected from cold and bad weather thanks to its dress.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Clumber-Spaniel  is a dog that requires regular maintenance , especially at the level of his hair, because it moults almost all year , with peaks during the transition seasons (fall and spring). The hair loss can be so important .

It is recommended to  brush the dog daily  to rid him of dead hair, which can become numerous during molting.

Physical activity

The  Clumber Spaniel-  has  need regular activity, with 2 daily trips , but not intensive. His joints are to be spared by avoiding sudden and prolonged efforts.

Price and budget

The purchase price of a Clumber-Spaniel is between 1000 € and 1400 €.

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