Country of Origin: The Clumber Spaniel's history is one with many holes. There is very little documentation regarding the origin of the breed, however, it is believed that several breeds including the Basset Hound, Alpine Spaniel and St. Bernard, were involved. It is also believed that the Clumber Spaniel originated in France and was moved to England for safe keeping during the French Revolution by one of the dukes of Noailles. The duke turned over his precious cargo to the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, giving the breed their name. The Clumber Spaniel became a fast favorite of English royalty. Historical figures such as Kind Edward VII, his son King George V and Prince Albert(Queen Victoria's consort), are all said to have owned a Clumber Spaniel. The Clumber Spaniel is the largest of all the spaniel breeds. They were utilized for their specialty in hunting in dense cover and would often be found hunting partridge as well as pheasant. They can also be trained to retrieve. The Clumber Spaniel found itself in Canada in 1848 and soon made its way south to the United States. The Clumber Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1884 and was prestigiously one of the first 9 breeds to be accepted to the registry.
Size: The Clumber Spaniel will typically reach heights of 16-20 inches and an average weight of 55-85 pounds.
Coat: The Clumber Spaniel's coat is very soft, dense and straight. The hair feathers along the body and tail mainly in the belly and leg areas. It is common to see freckling on the front legs and muzzle. Clumber Spaniel's typically only come in a white color with brown, lemon or orange markings.
Character: The Clumber Spaniel is a very sweet, loyal and affectionate breed that is not overly active once they have reached maturity. The Clumber Spaniel is a hunting breed with an excellent nose and retrieving ability. They are typically utilized to hunt pheasant and partridge in dense cover, but are also good water dogs. The Clumber Spaniel has what is known as a “trophy mentality”, requiring them to carry something in their mouths quite often. Due to this, it is imperative that objects potentially harmful to the dog be kept out of reach. It is recommended to keep plenty of puppy friendly toys on hand. For those out there looking for the perfect quiet companion, the Clumber Spaniel is not prone to barking.
Temperament: The Clumber Spaniel is quite playful and friendly with the family and is known to do well with children. They are also known to be quite easy going with other non-canine pets. However, the Clumber Spaniel should be well socialized with other pets from a young age. They are also known to be stand-offish with strangers.
Care: The Clumber Spaniel requires a moderate amount of grooming. They will need to be brushed and combed on a regular basis and will require visits to the groomers for trimming. The Clumber Spaniel's eyes and ears should be cleaned regularly to prevent irritation. If large quantities of hair are present under the ears, it is recommended that it be trimmed between grooming visits. This breed sheds relatively heavily and is not recommended for allergy sufferers.
Training: The Clumber Spaniel breed needs a gentle hand. They do not respond well to heavy-handed discipline. They will not respond to it. Clumber Spaniel's are easily trained as they have a good memory and like to do things to please their owner.
Activity: As puppies, Clumber Spaniels are very active. They will slow down considerably as an adult. The Clumber Spaniel enjoys playing fetch and can get their daily exercise requirements simply by playing for a few minutes. They enjoy walks and swimming.
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