Clumber Spaniel Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits

A loyal and affectionate companion, Clumber spaniels exhibit great enthusiasm for work and play. Content indoors or out, they usually prefer to be wherever you are.

Clumber Spaniel At a glance
The Clumber Spaniel Dog Breed

The Clumber spaniel was one of the first breeds exhibited in dog shows, but its greatest popularity remains in the field for tracking and retrieving.


Weight Range:

Male: 70-85 lbs.
Female: 55-70 lbs.

Height at Withers:

Male: 19 in.

Female: 18 in.


Long back, droopy eyes, floppy ears (naturally)


Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 10-12 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: High Tendency to Snore: High
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: High

Bred For:

Bird flushing, retrieving


Length: Medium
Characteristics: Straight, dense
Colors: White with lemon or orange markings
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Club Recognition:

AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Gun Dog
Prevalence: So-so

The Clumber spaniel is a long, low heavy dog.

The muscular build and large feet give him the power and endurance to move through dense brush in pursuit of game. The head is massive in comparison to the body. The average height of the Clumber is from 17 to 21 inches, and the weight is from 55 and 85 pounds (25 to 38 kilograms).

The Clumber spaniel has a double coat. The undercoat is dense and the outer coat is weather resistant. The coat is straight and flat with some feathering on the chest, legs, tail,and ears. Coat color is mainly white with some lemon or orange markings.


As a companion, Clumber spaniels are loyal and affectionate with a great enthusiasm for work and play. They are sometimes reserved with strangers, and they tend to be more aloof than other spaniels. However, they show no tendencies toward aggression.

Clumber spaniels can live happily with other pets, but early socialization is always recommended. These dogs are content indoors or out, although they usually prefer to be wherever you are. Clumbers are not prone to bark, and they are suited as companions in the home rather than watchdogs.

Living With:

The Clumber spaniel is generally a healthy, robust breed. This dog loves exercise, especially swimming, but can adjust to quiet home life as well. The Clumber is content to sleep all day while you are at work as long as companionship and a brisk walk await him at the end of the day. In fact, frequent walks are recommended for the Clumber to keep him from becoming overweight. Clumbers love the company of their human family and thrive on affection.

The coat of the Clumber spaniel is dense and soft. It should receive regular brushing to keep it clean and promote shedding of the undercoat. The coat can be trimmed for ease of care, but it is not necessary.


The Clumber spaniel originated in France as a flushing and retrieving spaniel. This breed is renowned for stealth and silence while working. The sturdy, low body made this dog excellent for work in dense terrain, and because of his slow, steady hunting method he was called the "retired gentleman's shooting dog." The name for this dignified working breed comes from Clumber Park, the estate of an admirer of the breed, the Duke of Newcastle. The breed became fashionable toward the end of the 19th century when King Edward VII bred them.

The Clumber spaniel was one of the first breeds to be exhibited in dog shows, but their greatest popularity remains in the field. The Clumber is wonderful as a tracking spaniel and retriever. He is loyal, affectionate and has great enthusiasm for work and play.

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