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Clumber Spaniel


Clumber Spaniel Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 17" - 20"
  • Weight
  • 55-85 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Low - This breed requires little daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White / Orange
    • White / Yellow
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The first Clumber spaniels originated in France, but the breed was perfected in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1700 but was perfected in the 1800's.


The Clumber Spaniel is believed to have been developed in France by the Duc de Noailles. When the French Revolution was imminent, he relocated his dogs to the kennels at the Duke of Newcastle's Clumber Park estate. There may be alpine spaniel, and basset hound in the clumber's ancestry. The Clumber is believed to be one of the earliest spaniels developed for special uses and is especially useful for his adaptability for use in heavy cover; he generally hunts mute and is able to come up very close to the game.


This is a long, low, solid dog with a rectangular shape. There is a massive head with long broad ears; a short muzzle; and large, amber eyes. The nose is large and can be of various shades of brown, including beige, rose or cherry. The tail is docked. The coat is silky and straight, with a neck frill and feathering on the ears. Color is white with yellow or orange markings.


The clumber spaniel is a friendly, laid-back dog that is affectionate with friends and family but somewhat reserved with strangers. It is quite playful but still dignified.


In the past clumber's were used in small packs, but today they gladly hunt alone, preferring to hunt pheasant or partridge. They are also well adapted to family life acting as a wonderful companion.

Health Concerns

Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, allergies, ear problems, ectropion, intervertebral disc disease.

Additional Information

This dog requires frequent ear cleaning, and regular grooming.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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