Clumber Spaniel is a dog with a phlegmatic disposition, full of inner peace and seriousness. It has strong bones and thick skin, this type of structure is called lymphatic. The most characteristic is the head of the clumber, with strongly marked eyebrows and foot (nasolabial fracture) and large, fleshy flanks.
Body composition determines a certain temperament. It is obvious that this dog will not be a volcano of energy, but it is also not a typical sandwiches. Dog of this breed without special problems will also adapt to a less active lifestyle – he spends a lot of time sleeping.
The good-natured word is probably best suited to describe the character of clumber. He is not aggressive towards people and animals. Very attached to the family, affectionate, perfect as a companion for children. In general, clumbery have a friendship for all people, although some individuals are wary of strangers.
Like other spaniels, he was bred primarily for hunting and has a great hunting passion to this day. His features – patience, endurance and perseverance in pursuit of the goal make it great for such a role.
Despite the inherent calmness, clumber has a great need for activity. He likes long walks, combined with bushing in the thickets. He swims eagerly, retrieving from the water and land. Due to its heavy construction, it is not suitable for sports that require high speed and jumping, such as agility or flyball.
Training and education
Kept at home, he can be stubborn, which means problems with upbringing. This dog reacts badly to strength training. One should not expect from him blind obedience, but rather rational cooperation with man.
Who is this race for?
Clumbera can be recommended as a nice family companion for people who are moderately active and do not require absolute obedience from the dog.
Advantages and disadvantages
- often burdened with dysplasia
- strongly moults
- some individuals drool
- calm and balanced
- nice family companion
- gentle to animals
Heavy body build may also cause diseases, e.g. hip dysplasia. Therefore, a dog at a young age can not be overloaded with physical exertion; it should be kept in good condition, which ensures especially swimming.
The long spine means that dogs with problems of several years may experience disk problems. Quite often there are also problems with eyelids – entropy or ectropion.
Clumbera can be fed both good quality ready-made food and self-made food.
Clumbery moult strongly, and some additionally profusely saliva. The dog should be combed once a week, more often during the molting period.
There are several theories about the origin of the clumber spaniel. One of them says that the breed was the result of a cross between a basset and a non-existent Alpine Spaniel. According to the second, clumbery are descendants of another extinct breed – Blenheim Spaniel. There is no doubt, however, that this breed, although now recognized as British, has French roots.
The most common version is that these spaniels were secretly bred by the French aristocrat Duc de Noailles. After the outbreak of the French Revolution, to save his dogs, he gave the pack to Henry Clinton, a duke of Newcastle, who lived on the estate of Clumber Park. Hence the name of the breed. These dogs were extremely popular among the aristocracy, they were the pride of many British homes.
Excellent utility and exhibition individuals were bred by King Edward VII and his son Jerzy V. After the death of the latter in the mid-nineteenth century, the breed began to lose its importance. Hunters preferred faster, more agile spaniel breeds. Clumbery was only kept by their die-hard lovers. The renaissance of interest in the breed took place in the 1960s in North America. Still, it is rare.
Clumber spaniel – group VIII FCI, section 2, reference number 109
- Country of origin: Great Britain
- Nature: calm, balanced, full of dignity, intelligent, persistent at work, stubborn, very gentle towards people and animals
- Size: not specified in the template
- Weight: ideal weight: dogs: 34 kg, bitches: 29.5 kg
- Robe: silky hair, straight, adhering to the body, dense; on the limbs and chest forms a generous feather
- Ointment: white with slight lemon or orange markings
- Length of life: 12 years
- Vulnerability to training: average; he may be stubborn, likes to have his own opinion
- Activity: calm, very durable; he likes long, quiet walks, he is not a sprinter type
- Maintenance costs: PLN 80-100 per month
- Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant; hip dysplasia often occurs in the breed, there are problems with the spine and eyes (entropy and ectropion)
- Possibility to buy a puppy: in Poland, litters are born sporadically
It is thought that in addition to the blood of spaniels and bassetts, the clumber spaniel also has the blood of Bernardine.