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Clumber Spaniel


General Information - Clumber Spaniel


Group:
Gundog

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
low

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
low

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1700s

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
bird flushing and retrieving



History

The first Clumber Spaniels originated in France, but were moved to sanctuary in England during the French Revolution. They were in the care of the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park, hence the name. This sturdy spaniel is the slowest and heaviest of the spaniels, but works well in heavy brush, flushing and retrieving game. Though the Clumber's early history is not well documented, Basset Hounds and St. Bernards may have contributed to the breed.

Temperament

Steady, reliable, kind and dignified; more aloof than other Spaniels, showing no tendency towards aggression.

Upkeep

The Clumber enjoys a daily outing, but its exercise requirements can be met with a long walk on leash or a leisurely hike in the field. The coat needs brushing two to three times weekly, although in dirty areas it may need more frequent bathing in order to keep its coat a gleaming white. Clumbers tend to drool and, at times, snore.