This dog has a royal bloodline in its history. The widely accepted accounts of its origin indicate that it was developed by a certain Duke of Noailles in France but was transferred to England. The French Duke eventually gave his spaniel kennels to the Duke of Newcastle who lived in Clumber Park, thus the name Clumber Spaniel.
The Clumber Spaniel is a very unique breed indeed. It belongs in the sporting group and it is an excellent hunting companion just like most spaniels. But in contrast to its speedy and agile cousins, these dogs are heavily built and big-boned and essentially built for their strength and power. They also have surprising endurance.
In spaniel standards, they are a bit on the heavy side. They can weigh up to 85 lbs and they will appear bulky as adults. They are not quick and agile like most other spaniels but they are rather brawny and tough. They embody the strong silent type perfectly.
They are arguably the best spaniel breed for hunting, although slower, their keenness is second to none. They also have great noses for tracking and localizing game animals, especially water fowls.
What To Expect and How to Train a Clumber Spaniel?
As a household pet, these are not hyperactive like some hunting breeds. They are mild-mannered and docile. Although quite reserved to strangers, they are never hostile or aggressive. They are just alert and ready to protect their masters if needed.
Dogs of this breed are also very intelligent creatures. They have impressively outstanding memories which in turn make them very trainable. They adapt well to obedience training but should be trained in a gentle manner. Severely strict or harsh manner of training will not benefit your relationship with your Clumber Spaniels. This might cause them to get aloof or aggressive.
They can be very lazy at times. Weight problems are common in this breed especially if owners do not train and exercise their dogs. Most dogs need play and exercise to vent out their mounting energy but in Clumber Spaniels, they need exercise to keep fit because they may balloon in weight and become more susceptible to illness. When not exercised regularly, there is a substantial decrease in lifespan.
Owning a Clumber Spaniel also means dealing with shedding and slobbering. Clumber Spaniels have dense, long coats. It is imperative to brush their coats often. Otherwise, you’ll find dog hair all around your house.
Moreover, they slobber a lot. There may be nothing you can do about it but just to always have a towel nearby. You’ll be wiping things including yourself when you have these dogs around. They also like to chew things. It is necessary to give them chew toys if you want to keep them away from your shoes.