The Clumber Spaniel

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Clumber Spaniel
Weight Male: 70 — 85 lbs
Weight:Female: 55 — 70 lbs
Height:Male: 19” — 20”
Height Female 17” — 19”
AKC Rank 2008: #115
Lifespan: 10—12 yrs
AKC Sporting Group

Dog Breed Info - The Clumber Spaniel

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Breed Overview

Origin: England, 1700’s. Original function: Bird flushing, retrieving. Today: Bird flushing, retrieving. Colors: White with lemon or orange markings. The Clumber tends to drool and snore.

The Clumber Spaniel is one of the stockiest of the spaniels and has probably come from the Alpine Spaniel and the long, low-bodied Basset Hound. The dog pickled up it’s name around the time of the French Revolution when it is thought that the Duc de Noilles of France moved his kennels to Duke of Newcastle's English Estate, Clumber Park. Clumber’s appealed to English nobility who appreciated this slow-moving hunter and an alert retriever. The Clumber came to America in the late 1800’s and has remained strongest in the field, although they have attained high show honors. This breed remains generally unknown to the public. The breed was recognized by the AKC on 1883.


Young Clumber Spaniels need a firm hand and extensive obedience training when young, as they tend to be a bit unruly and wild. As they mature, they settle down. Start the puppy off with strict clicker training and positive reinforcement. This breed does not do well with harsh criticism so the clicker is the answer. If desired, train for agility for fun and exercise but go first for commands and obedience.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Clumber puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Clumber Spaniel puppy can be slow to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

A well-groomed Clumber Spaniel!
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This dog is among the most low-key, easy-going and peaceful of the Sporting Group. She’s a hunter at heart, at home in the field and water. The Clumber Spaniel is a real hunter and is always ready for a day in the field. Puppies tend to be wild and unruly but as the dog matures, they settle down and with proper training, become great house pets and companions. Around the house, they are quiet and you have to excite them into an exercise routine. The Clumber tends to bond with one person but still makes a devoted family house pet, loyal, gentle and pleasant. They get along fairly well with pother animals in the house and adapt quickly to strangers coming in to visit. Their idea of a fun-packed afternoon is to curl up on the sofa and take a nap. This is a good dog for a quiet family.

If you happen to get a Clumber Spaniel with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Not aggressive. Tries to get along with most dogs, though may pick and choose her dog friends.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

.Does well with other animals in the house, especially if raised with them.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Is slow to warm up to strangers. The Clumber tends to bond heavily with one human more than many, While reserved with strangers, they do gradually make friends.


Quite playful. Loves to fetch balls and romp with the kids.


Very affectionate. Great companion, especially for one person.

Good with children?

Good with older, well-mannered children. Kids need to be taught how to treat and respect a dog. This is a fairly playful and affectionate breed’ and will enjoy the children within it’s own family. The older dog is not overly active so kids 6 and up should be no problem.

Good with Seniors over 65?

The Clumber Spaniels is a good match for seniors. They are easy-going, love the couch, easy to care for, low energy, affectionate, playful and loyal. They need a LOT of grooming, something a senior would have time for. I would say it’s a good choice for a senior.

Living environment

This breed does well in apartments, condos, or even on the farm or ranch. A small fenced yard would be nice, but not necessary as long as the dog gets out each day for a little walk and maybe a game of fetch.

Clumber Spaniel puppy
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Energy level

Low. Rank this dog at 3 bars out of 10 for energy.

Exercise needs, daily

A long walk on leash or a hike in the fields will do it. Also,. Maybe a short game of “fetch the ball” would be nice, but the walking is more important and brain-stimulating


No, not much good. Doesn’t bark much for any reason.

Guard dog

No. Falls short on this one!


Yes. Sheds a lot.


Use a firm bristle brush and metal comb from the pet store. Brush the Climber daily to keep that thick coat from matting. This is a white dog and they do get dirty in some areas. Don’t over-wash, but do keep her clean and pretty with a bath as needed. You might need medicated shampoo if there is a problem with skin allergies—see your vet.


Suggested Reading - The Clumber Spaniel
Click on the cover photos for more book information and reviews.

  • Book on the left is an owners guide for the Clumber Spaniel. The book in in short supply and it has high ratings. Owners guides for a special breed are usually hard to find.

  • 2nd book from the left is "How To Play With Your Dog" and teaches HOW to play with a dog as well as where and when. It's 148 pages of useful information.

  • 3rd book from the left is "50 Games To Play With Your Dog." The Clumber is playful and these games are simple to teach. They will offer a whole new window of opportunities for the kids to play with their dog.

  • The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog health, emergencies and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for all dog owners. Vol 2, 2008 and comes with a DVD.

Clumber Spaniel Puppies

In the event you decide to go looking for Clumber Spaniel puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that REALLY know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been VERY well socialized and started in obedience training.
Clumber Spaniel Puppies Breeders - with puppies for sale.

Clumber Spaniel Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an older dog and are looking for a Clumber Spaniel Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Clumber Spaniel Rescue At this time, Petfinder has 18 dogs listed for the entire USA. If you do find one to adopt, try to locate any dog health records and keep for possible future reference.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site but you still might want to go online and search for Clumber Spaniel Rescue groups, kennels or foster homes.

Dog Health Issues For The Clumber Spaniel
Below are the dog illness / illnesses or medical problems as listed for the Clumber Spaniel by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. These are dog illness and medical problems this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Intervertebral disc disease—Biochemical changes in a young dog of certain breeds can cause at least one diseased or mineralized disc in the spine of a dog. A disc that is not functioning properly will cause pain, problems walking, stumbling, severe neck pain and even paralysis. The Dachshund has an 80% chance of having this problem. Treatments can go from non-invasive doses of anti-inflammatory steroids, muscle relaxants and bed-rest to surgery. Pain meds are also given as needed. Mess with the spine and you have a serious situation and it’s tough on the dog!

  • Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, hind/back leg acts lame, can't move, weak legs. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing the Clumber Spaniel great pain, weakness and difficulty walking. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

  • Ectropion—A hereditary medical problem. The lower eyelid grows outward leaving a gap between the eye and the eyelid. Excessive tearing and conjunctivitis are common signs of the disease but some dogs will have no symptoms. Blunt trauma and/or nerve damage can also cause the problem. If the cornea becomes damaged or if the conjunctivitis becomes chronic, surgery will be necessary.

  • Entropion—Eye irritation caused by the eyelids and lashes rolling inward. The problem is usually inherited and found in young, adult dogs. It can come from an eyelid spasm. Affected eyes will be held partially shut and tear excessively. Both eyes will usually be affected the same. Treatment for the condition requires eye surgery.

  • Cataracts—Hazy or cloudy vision and if not treated can lead to total blindness.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy—(PRA) An inherited, untreatable disease of the retina affecting both eyes causing blindness. It’s in the genes of the dog and is not painful. Starts with night blindness and progresses as the retina gradually deteriorates.

  • Otitis externa—Ear infections—Inflammation and infection of the outer ear, especially dogs with long, floppy ear flaps. Dirt and moisture collect and breed yeast and bacteria. Ear hair and wax contribute to the infection environment. If left untreated it can become a serious infection. If at home treatments with cleaning and meds don't work and the problem worsens, surgery might be the last resort.

  • Seizures—a serious disorder that usually shows up at around 2 to 4 or 5 years of age in dogs.

  • Allergies—Can be caused by food, flea bites, medications, toxins in the air and many other sources. The first thing to do is identify the type of allergy and then find the source. See a vet for this, as there are so many kinds of allergies.

Other health problems could occur with your Clumber Spaniel. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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