Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel Breed description: Character & Co


Clumber Spaniel - Breed description

Ancestry and origin

The origin of the breed is not clear. However, it is very likely that it originated in France in the 18th century. From this time documents exist, which prove that the French Duke of Nouailles gave some dogs to the English Duke of Newcastle, with which he started a breeding at his residence Clumber Park. This is where the name Clumber Spaniel comes from. For many decades, the breed was a popular hunting companion of the nobility. They used the dog for duck and pheasant hunting. In 1872, the breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club, and only much later, in 1954, by the Fédération Cynologique International (FCI). The Clumber Spaniel is still today a retriever and water dog. But it is also suitable as a family dog.

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Alternate Name -
Origin UK
Life expectancy 10 - 14 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Flushing Dogs
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Breed characteristics and temperament

The Clumber Spaniel is kept in FCI Group 8 (Retrievers - Water Dogs), Section 2 (Retrievers), Standard No. 109, with working test. The dogs have a calm, somewhat stoic temperament. They radiate calmness, composure, level-headedness, but also primitive strength. The essential character traits of this breed can be described as follows:

  • intelligent
  • patient
  • friendly
  • reserved
  • willing to work

Attitude and education

Nothing can shake or upset these dogs. They are extremely strong nerves and not a bit aggressive. They react to new situations thoughtfully and level-headedly. Kept as a family dog, they are usually fixated on one person, but at the same time they are a good protector and tireless playmate for the children. Towards strangers he usually behaves indifferently. Also four-legged conspecifics do not cause him any difficulties. Nevertheless, the education of the dogs is not quite easy and belongs in the hands of dog owners with some experience. This is due to the fact that the Clumber Spaniel has a very thick head and can be extremely stubborn. However, with consistency and loving patience, obedience can be taught to this intelligent breed. As an original hunting dog, he definitely needs a lot of exercise in nature. Tip: The Clumber Spaniel is an ideal companion for hiking holidays.


  • affectionate
  • friendly
  • patiently
  • intelligent
  • loyal
  • quietly
  • meek
  • dignified
  • shy


  • Hunting Dog
  • Family Dog

Care and nutrition

The care expenditure is relatively high. The dense coat must be brushed well every day, otherwise it will become matted. The ears must also be brushed carefully and cleaned regularly. The food should contain a high proportion of meat, but no cereals. Two balanced food rations a day are sufficient. The dogs are relatively voracious eaters and tend to be overweight. Therefore, when giving treats, restraint is advised and regular weight checks are recommended.

Health and life expectancy

Typical diseases of the breed are eye diseases, hip dysplasia and slipped discs. As always, however, good genes through appropriate breeding selection are the best safeguard. The dogs can live up to 14 years in good health.

Worth knowing

The dogs have an increased allergy potential. The Clumber Spaniel also has some negative traits - it snores and drools quite a bit. If you still want one of these dogs, you'll have to do some searching, as the dogs are rare and breeders are few and far between. VDH member clubs, such as the Jagdspaniel-club, or the Spaniel-club-deutschland canbe helpful in your search. Good luck with the search!

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The Clumber Spaniel is a heavy, massively built dog with a square head. They have a medium height at the withers of about 40 to 45 cm. Male dogs can weigh up to 29.5-34 kg. Bitches are somewhat lighter at 25-29.5 kg. The coat of the dogs is of silky and smooth texture. The coat colour is white with lemon yellow markings. In the standard, orange markings are also permitted.

Fur length medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy massive
Size ♀ 40 - 45 cm
Weight ♀ 25 - 29 kg
Size ♂ 40 - 45 cm
Weight ♂ 29 - 34 kg
Suitable For


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  • Allergies

    Can occur in a number of breeds, regardless of genetic makeup.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Disc problems

    Herniated disc in dogs (discopathy). Herniated discs or dachshund paralysis cause dogs severe pain.

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    The hip dysplasia or hip joint dysplasia of the dog (HD) is a maldevelopment of the hip joint.

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