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Clumber Spaniel

Clumber-Spaniel

A Laid-Back Companion

Easygoing, quiet, lovable

Clumber Spaniels are eager to please, lively, and responsive large dogs. These devoted dogs are typically suspicious of strangers, but won’t make great protectors. Clumbers make great companions for families, active singles, city dwellers, and those who love the outdoors. They are hunters at heart and enjoy running outside. These dogs need daily exercise, especially if they’re living in the city.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:17-20 in. Weight:55-85 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Clumber.

Grooming: They have a long coat that sheds year round and will need at least weekly brushing and occasional trimming.

Dental: Clumber Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears and eyes weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Clumber Spaniel is a loyal and loving companion that enjoys a long, leisurely walk but does not make a good jogging or running partner; they’re a bit laid back for that kind of action.

Positive Traits:

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Loves to play games, especially fetch

  • Eager to please and responsive to training

  • Well suited as a companion, family dog, or working dog

Negative Traits:

  • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly

  • Passes a lot of gas, sheds, and drools

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training 

  •  Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

Whether you are considering adding a new Clumber Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Clumber Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Clumber Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Clumber Spaniel could encounter:

  • Liver problems

  • Hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia

  • Eye problems

  • Cataracts

  • Dry eye

  • Eyelid abnormality

The Clumber Spaniel originated in 18th-century France and England and was bred as a hunting dog. Their quiet, slow, lumbering gait made them useful in tracking, flushing, and retrieving. The Clumber is the largest of all the spaniels and was one of the first nine breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. Clumber Spaniels are intelligent, gentle, and aim to please their owners. Though they can be suspicious of strangers, they are not known to be good watchdogs. The Clumber Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Clumber Spaniel shows signs of the following:

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Clumber.

    Grooming: They have a long coat that sheds year round and will need at least weekly brushing and occasional trimming.

    Dental: Clumber Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears and eyes weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Clumber Spaniel is a loyal and loving companion that enjoys a long, leisurely walk but does not make a good jogging or running partner; they’re a bit laid back for that kind of action.

    Positive Traits:

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Loves to play games, especially fetch

    • Eager to please and responsive to training

    • Well suited as a companion, family dog, or working dog

    Negative Traits:

    • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly

    • Passes a lot of gas, sheds, and drools

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

    • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training 

    •  Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Clumber Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Clumber Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Clumber Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Clumber Spaniel could encounter:

    • Liver problems

    • Hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia

    • Eye problems

    • Cataracts

    • Dry eye

    • Eyelid abnormality

  • History

    The Clumber Spaniel originated in 18th-century France and England and was bred as a hunting dog. Their quiet, slow, lumbering gait made them useful in tracking, flushing, and retrieving. The Clumber is the largest of all the spaniels and was one of the first nine breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. Clumber Spaniels are intelligent, gentle, and aim to please their owners. Though they can be suspicious of strangers, they are not known to be good watchdogs. The Clumber Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Clumber Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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