Breed Information Centre

Spaniel (Clumber)


Illustration of Spaniel (Clumber)

Said to have come in the first place from France more than 200 years ago, the Clumber was brought to Great Britain by the Duke of Newcastle and bred at his family home of Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

It is obvious at a glance that he is a very heavy dog, and his pace of working is more leisurely than that of other Spaniels. He has been allowed to become ever heavier in the past fifty years or so, and the top weight for dogs now stands at 34 kilograms (75 pounds). His background colouring of plain white with lemon or orange markings, especially on head and ears, makes him an attractive dog, and his kind, steady nature complements his looks exactly. However, lovers of the breed should make certain that his great size does not encourage any weakness in his hindquarters.

A delightful dog, he deserves greater popularity, happily lending himself to family life. He is a well-mannered companion.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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