The Clumber Spaniel is highly intelligent, obedient, quiet and kind. This breed can be headstrong if not controlled, but are easily trained. The Clumber Spaniel loves people of all ages and although they are loyal and protective of their family they do not make good guard dogs. Clumber Spaniels get on well with other dogs and household pets, but they will avoid strangers.
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Clumber Spaniels need regular brushing and the ear canals should be kept clean. Occasional trimming will be necessary to cut back the unruly hairs that stick out. If there is too much hair growing under the ears then it should be clipped and is best not to wait until the next overall trim.
Clumber Spaniels do need a reasonable amount of exercise and should have a large backyard to romp around in. They have considerable stamina but are calm when indoors.
The Clumber Spaniel differs from other early land spaniels. The breed is believed to have evolved from crosses between the Basset Hound and the early Alpine Spaniel. They got their name from Clumber Park, which was the home of the Duke of Norfolk, who is reported to have received some of these spaniels from the French Duc de Noailles in the mid 1700s. In 1859 the popularity of the breed was great enough that Clumber Spaniels got their own special classes at the shows.
General Appearance: Very sturdy, thoughtful expression and gentle.
Color: White with lemon or orange markings.
Coat: Silky, straight, abundant and well feathered chest and legs.
Tail: Customarily docked and carried level with the back.
Ears: Long, and covered with silky hair.
Body: Compact and robust body. A strong and sloping back, massive head, short legs and short neck.
- Some Clumber Spaniels do suffer from ear irritations, but their are lotions available to relieve these symptoms.