Clumber Spaniel


A medium to large sized Clumber Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)16-20in (40-51cm)
Weight65-80lbs (30-36kg)
Hair Colour(s)White
Lifespan11-14 years
Energy LevelLow-medium
Litter size2-8
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Clumber Spaniel is a muscular dog with a long body and a wide and deep chest. The head is square with a square muzzle, dark and deep-set eyes and long, soft ears framing a sweet face. The tail is set low and normally docked. The coat is silky, thick and straight, and it is feathered on the tail, legs and belly. The colouring is normally white with orange or lemon markings.


Clumber Spaniels are intelligent, loving and gentle dogs, and make good family pets and companions. Loyal and eager to please, they love to play and can sometimes become quite animated, even clownish. These innocent, sweet natured dogs can tend to be a little mischievious, something that can be both endearing but frustrating, and they require early socialisation to prevent them from becoming reserved or timid. Clumber Spaniels are dedicated and friendly and will get along well with children, even those they haven't been brought up with. They also get along with other pets and animals, as well as strangers when given time, but their friendly disposition means they are not best suited as watchdogs.

History & Skills

Clumber Spaniels originate from France, and were developed by the nobility and aristocracy during the 1700s for field work. Their name is thought to have come indirectly from a painting of a similar-looking dog pictured with the Duke of Newcastle in Clumber Park. The aristocracy in Great Britain soon followed suit, with King George V known to be a lover of Clumber Spaniels. These days they are popular in dog shows and in the field.

Breed Specific Ailments

Clumber Spaniels tend to live between 11-14 years and are relatively healthy dogs, but some of the health problems noted include hip dysplasia, dry eyes, cataracts, entropion and spinal problems.


Clumber Spaniels are heavy shedders, and so are not ideal for allergy sufferers, but grooming is not too demanding. The coat should be brushed two or three times a week to keep it in good condition and remove dry hair, and it should be trimmed every two months. The ears should be kept clean to reduce the chance of infection.

Exercise & Environment

Clumber Spaniels are not very active indoors, but as they were originally bred as field dogs, they need a lot of exercise to keep fit. A brisk daily walk and access to a yard or garden should be enough, and their fiid consumption should be monitored as they can become overweight quite easily. Clumber Spaniels sould not be exercised too much as puppies, because this can lead to joint problems.


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