The Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is not your average spaniel. He towers over other Spaniels: the largest among them. His origin is masked by doubt and uncertainty because not much factual evidence of bloodlines actually exists.

The most prominent theory is that Duc de Noailles of France became worried about his spaniels during the French Revolution so he moved them to England under the watchful eye of the Duke of Newcastle who housed them in his Clumber Park estate, hence the name.

The Clumber Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1884.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 55 to 85 lbs.
  • Height: 17 to 20 inches
  • Coat: Long and feathery, weather-resistant
  • Color: Primarily white with markings around the eyes and base of the tail colored lemon, brown, or orange
  • Life expectancy: 10 to 12 years

What’s the Clumber Spaniel like?
The Clumber Spaniel is loyal, loving, and has strong hunting instincts. The Clumber Spaniel adores his family and is great with children, other dogs, and even cats! He was bred to hunt pheasants and partridges so he’ll be eager to go on a hunting trip with you.

Training can sometimes be a difficult task because of how independent a Clumber can be. Patience and a calming tone are recommended. Always reward and praise your Clumber when he has done something right.

Because of his long coat, grooming will require extra attention if you want a beautiful looking Clumber. To keep his coat looking soft and smooth he’ll need a solid brushing at least three times a week to avoid tangles or mats and also to remove any dead hair. He should, in addition to the brushing, have a bath once a month.

Clumber Spaniels are typically a healthy breed but notable concerns include the following:


  • A condition that clouds the lens of the eye and in some cases can lead to blindness. Because the Clumber Spaniel is a pure bred, he has a higher chance of developing cataracts than mixed breeds.


  • Occurs when an eyelid is inverted causing an eyelash to irritate the eye.


  • Occurs when the lower eyelid droops down exposing the tissue

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye)

  • A disorder that causes a lack of ability to produce tears resulting in a dry cornea, if not treated blindness could occur

Hip Dysplasia

  • One of the most common diseases seen in dogs, with larger breeds being the most affected. It is ultimately a malfunction of the hip joints and can deteriorate over time, resulting in a loss of function in those joints.

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Phosphatase 1 Deficiency

  • PDP1 is a genetic condition distinguished by a lack of exercise resulting in a post-exercise collapse.

Takeaway points

  • The Clumber Spaniel would make a great companion for someone who lives alone.
  • The Clumber Spaniel is suitable to both city life and country life.
  • The Clumber Spaniel is great with children.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Clumberdoodle Character

The Clumber Spaniel is a very sweet, loyal and affectionate breed that is not overly active once they have reached maturity. The Clumber Spaniel is a hunting breed with an excellent nose and retrieving ability. They are typically utilized to hunt pheasant and partridge in dense cover, but are also good water dogs.

The Clumber Spaniel has what is known as a “trophy mentality”, requiring them to carry something in their mouths quite often. Due to this, it is imperative that objects potentially harmful to the dog be kept out of reach. It is recommended to keep plenty of puppy friendly toys on hand. For those out there looking for the perfect quiet companion, the Clumber Spaniel is not prone to barking.

Recognized Clubs

The Clumberdoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed.

A Clumberdoodle’s coat can be curly like its Poodle parent, feathered, soft, and straight like its Clumber Spaniel parent, or a combination of the two coat types.

In addition to bathing your dog whenever he gets too dirty, a regular brushing schedule will be necessary. This will ensure that the coat does not become tangled or matted. Also, depending upon the coat, this breed could be a light or a heavy shedder, or somewhere in between.

Searching for a Clumber Spaniel?

The Clumber spaniel is the largest of the spaniel breed, which weighs 55–85 pounds and stands 43–51 centimetres at the withers. It was originally bred as a gun dog, utilised to find and retrieve game birds. Today, the Clumber can be seen competing in tracking, obedience, and other canine sports. The Clumber spaniel lives up to fifteen years if given the proper care. This dog breed is playful, intelligent, and charming.

Are you looking to own a Clumber spaniel? Here is a brief background of this large spaniel dog breed.

  • Height: 19-20 inches
  • Weight: 70-85 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Group: AKC Sporting Group
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, houses with yards, hunters
  • Temperament: Gentle, loyal, calm, dignified
  • Comparable Breeds: English Cocker Spaniel, Basset Hound

The largest of all spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel is a dog fit for a king. And indeed, much of the breed’s early history centers around French and British nobility.

Bred to be a gundog that specializes in hunting in heavy cover, the Clumber Spaniel has the long, soft coat characteristic of all spaniels. Most Clumbers are white in color, while some specimens display brown, lemon or orange markings. It is fairly powerfully built dog with heavy bone structure and a massive head. This large muzzle enables the Clumber Spaniel to retrieve all types of game. The Clumbers have ‘melting’ heads and their faces take on a sleepy, mournful expression.

Although not as fast as most other breeds of spaniels, the Clumber has great stamina and is able to trot along at a slow gait for hours on end. It is also a highly intelligent dog capable of independent thinking. These characteristics make it an excellent hunting dog a task the breed was used for prominently amongst the British aristocracy. They are also gentle and loving and make excellent pets as well.

The largest of all spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel is a dog fit for a king. And indeed, much of the breed’s early history centers around French and British nobility.

Watch the video: Five Clumber Spaniel puppies taking their first steps (May 2021).