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Clumber Spaniel




Country of Origin : England

Dog Group : Gundog



Origin

The name Clumber derives from the Duke of Newcastle's 3,800 acre estate Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, England. The name Clumber itself most likely derives from the ancient name, Clun, of a local river. It is said that several British monarchs have favoured the Clumber Spaniel, including Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort), King Edward VII and his son, King George V. The Clumber Spaniel has been used to hunt pheasant and partridge, both in small packs and alone. They are especially well-suited for work in dense undergrowth. Although they are rather slow in the field compared to the other spaniels, the Clumber is a quiet worker with a fine nose and good stamina. They have also been used to retrieve.


Description

The Clumber Spaniel is a large dog with a broad and deep chest. They have a broad square head, wide across the top with a brownish or flesh coloured nose. Their muzzle is wide for good retrieving. The eyes are dark amber and are slightly deep set, ears are large in the shape of vine leaves, hanging forward, and well covered with hair. Their neck is thick, heavy, and feathered at the throat, and the tail is short-fringed.


Feeding & Ownership

The young dog is normally a very good eater and as such can be prone to obesity during the formative months. Owners should be very aware of this and ensure that they stick to a strict dietary regime, and at the same time making sure that the dog is getting the proper nutrition that it needs.


Personality

The Clumber Spaniel is amongst the most easygoing of the hunting breeds and can be described as a gentle, sweet, quite intelligent and pleasant dog They are very affectionate and playful, well-behaved, and not very active when mature. Clumbers will get along with other dogs and cats as well as other household animals if they are raised with them. If they sense the owners are meek, or passive they can become a bit wilful. The Clumber Spaniel is considered to be a gentle person's dog. They are known for swallowing foreign objects so take care. Their coat requires regularly brushing and their ears should be kept clean.


Grooming

The coat must be groomed regularly with a brush and comb. Some skilled trimming of the coat is required. The ears and eyes need to be cleaned and inspected regularly. Some of these dogs develop an irritation of the ear but there are special lotions which can provide relief for this. If there is too much hair under the ears, clip it before the next overall trim. This breed is a heavy shedder.



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