Clumber Spaniel (Sporting Group)
The Clumber Spaniel, although a member of the sporting breed group which are typically labeled as high-energetic and boisterous, is actually a very calm and low-key canine. This dog is considered to be the most easygoing of the sporting dogs but is always ready for a good hunt and a long day in the field.
When at home, the Clumber Spaniel is very quiet and somewhat lazy. In fact, you may even have to coax your Clumber to get moving. This is what make the breed a favorite among many city dwellers – because they are suitable for small apartment living and can get their exercise requirements from a long walk on the leash.
A Brief History Of The Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel, one of the oldest and stockiest of spaniels in existence, dates back to the period of the late 1700s. It is unclear exactly how the breed was created but spaniel enthusiasts are confident that a mixture of the Alpine Spaniel (which is heavy headed) and the Basset Hound (which is low bodied) were a big part in the development of the Clumber Spaniel.
It wasn’t until around the time of the French Revolution that the breed got its name. The term “Clumber” is believed to have come from the fact that the Duc de Noailles of France had transported his spaniel kennels to Clumber Park, which was the location of the Duke of Newcastle’s English estate.
Clumber Spaniels received quite the attention from the English nobility. They found appreciation in the dog’s slow demeanor, keen hunting ability, and prominent retrieving skills. At the time, all Clumber Spaniel dogs were not available to the common man. The nobility kept them all to themselves and discouraged their popularity.
Sometime in the late 1800s the breed made its way to the United States and rose in popularity quite successfully. They have made quite the show dog yet their strength still remains best when hunting in the field.
Upkeep Requirements For The Clumber Spaniel
Like all members of the sporting group, the Clumber Spaniel must have daily outings to keep up with his exercise needs. But due to their slow-moving nature, these requirements can be met with a long walk on the leash or a relaxing hike through the hills.
Grooming this breed means heavy brushing several times each week. There may be dirty areas on the dog’s coat that require a bit more attention, with bathing needed as often as necessary to keep these areas clean. Clumber dogs also have a tendency to drool.
The average life span for healthy Clumber Spaniels dogs is reported to be from ten to twelve years. The only major health concern to worry about in the breed is intervertebral disk disease and minor problems include otitis externa, entropion, and ectropion. Veterinarians suggest that Clumber Spaniels get specifically tested for potential hip, elbow, and eye problems.