Clumber Spaniels are the stockiest spaniel of the group. These somewhat rare dogs are big both in body and in personality. They combine hound-like tracking abilities with spaniel-like hunting skills, making Clumbers a valued part of any hunting expedition lucky enough to have one along. Some Clumber Spaniels also work as therapy dogs.
Originally from England, this large-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 55-85 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Fetching
Breed Group: Sporting
Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
Bark Factor: Rarely barks, if ever
AKC RANKING 122
FAMILY gundog, spaniel
AREA OF ORIGIN England
DATE OF ORIGIN 1700s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION bird flushing and retrieving
TODAY'S FUNCTION bird flushing and retrieving, spaniel field trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 19-20 Weight: 70-85
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 17-19 Weight: 55-70
OTHER NAME none
Energy level Low energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Friendly
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability Low
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A CLUMBER SPANIEL'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
They might look doe-eyed and innocent, but Clumber Spaniels can be playful and mischievous. You'll want to be sure your pup is a trustworthy adult before leaving her in the house unsupervised.
When you are home, Clumber Spaniels are calm, cuddly, intelligent, and devoted. They love to be part of a family and can play well with children if they've been properly socialized. A Clumber pup might be too rowdy for small children, though; they'll do better together if you supervise them. They're good with other dogs, but they can be shy around strangers.
WHAT IS CLUMBER SPANIEL BEHAVIOR LIKE?
The Clumber Spaniel needs space to stretch her legs. These dogs are slow and not well suited to rigorous exercise though — think hikes, not sprints.
They're also not the politest of housedogs — they tend to snore and drool, so don't forget the wet wipes when you visit a house with one.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A CLUMBER SPANIEL?
Clumber Spaniels respond well to training, though the adolescent males can be especially mischievous counter-surfers. Start early and be patient and consistent with your furry friend. It's especially important to use positive-based techniques as this dog can be a submissive urinator.
Though they'll never be favorites for speed trials, many Clumber Spaniels compete successfully in agility, freestyle, tracking, hunt tests, and obedience.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO CLUMBER SPANIELS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Clumber Spaniels' thick single coats are short, soft, and fluffy.
Your Clumber will need regular grooming, especially in and around his feet and ears. Plan to brush yours a few times a week to keep matting at bay. They're somewhat heavy shedders.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO CLUMBER SPANIELS HAVE?
Clumber Spaniels can be prone to hip dysplasia; some develop eye problems.
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ARE CLUMBER SPANIELS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Clumber Spaniels among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as large as a Clumber Spaniel! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT'S A CLUMBER SPANIEL'S BEST DAY?
A long hike with you on a cool day, followed by froliking and brain-teasers in the backyard and discovering that someone's forgotten to put their sandwich out-of-reach before walking away. Yup… Yum.
SHOULD I ADOPT A CLUMBER SPANIEL?
Despite their size, Clumber Spaniels can be fine apartment dogs if they get enough exercise. They're a bit droopy in the heat, but they don't mind the cold. If you plan to call a Clumber your own, you'll need a good sense of humor, a wet wipe, and a set of earplugs to hang. They drool, they snore, and they love to get into trouble. But no dog will love you more or make you laugh harder.
Have you decided that a Clumber Spaniel is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.