General Information

Dog NameClumber Spaniel
Other NamesRetired Gentleman's Spaniel
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
GroupGun Dog, Sporting
Breed ForBird Hunting
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom (UK)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male31
Max Ideal Weight for male31
Min Ideal Weight for female24
Max Ideal Weight for male31


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSweet, Gentle, Amusing
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other Names Retired Gentleman’s Spaniel
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred (spaniel)
GroupGun Dog, Sporting Group
Bred ForBird Hunting
Life Span10-12 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 70-80 pounds
Female: 55-70 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 18-20 inches
Female: 17-19 inches
Fur TypeFlat, dense, straight
Common ColorsWhite
MarkingsOrange markings
Lemon markings
AvailabilityRarely available
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSussex Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel is the heaviest among the spaniel breeds with a loyal and affectionate personality. They are very enthusiastic when it comes to working. These breeds are lively and thrive on human counterparts.

The Clumber Spaniel might get lazy at times, but don’t let their laziness fool you, they need lots of activity. However, their daily requirement can be easily fulfilled with a daily and long brisk of the walk. So, if you’re thinking of adding a Clumber Spaniel in the family then you must know everything regarding them from their training to behavior.

Origin and History

The first Clumber Spaniel was brought in north America in 1844 by a British officer who was stationed in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Clumber Spaniel’s origin is about the French Duc de Noailles who shipped his entire kennel of spaniels to the Duke of Newcastle in England to save its prized dogs during the French revolution.

The Clumber Spaniel was quite popular with noble hunters in the mid-19th century. They even had a royal fan in Edward, Prince of Wales, who kept them at its Sandringham house estate.

The first American kennel club registered the Clumber Spaniel in 1978 but the Clumber spaniel club of America was not found until 1972. However, The breed is ranked 121st among the 155 breeds.

Clumber Spaniel Behavior Around Children

Clumber spaniels are extremely good around children because they love kids, those who will throw a ball for them to fetch. They are usually protective of children in the family and are more likely to walk away than to snap or growl if they are getting unwanted attention from kids.

Video of Clumber Spaniel loving it’s toddler friend.

Not all Clumber Spaniel, who is raised with kids will take care of them, especially if the child will behave poorly around your pet. Adult Clumbers who haven’t brought up with kids may do best in families with older children who understand how to behave with dogs.

Behavior, Temperament And Personality

The Clumber Spaniel personality ranges from reserved and dignified to everyone. They are quiet outdoors, and you will find them to be quiet at home as well. They will alert you to danger but are not indiscriminate barkers.

temperament of Clumber Spaniel
Sleeping With My Hooman. Image Source: Instagram @life_with_a_clumber

Temperament of Clumber Spaniel is affected by a number of factors including heredity,training, and socialization. They are also considered as fridge raiding, chewing are are sometimes referred as to as scavenger spaniel. Don’t be surprised when you find your Clumber stealing food from your plate.

Clumber Spaniel develops separation anxieties if left alone for long periods. They will be aggressive if not given regular exercises and not given proper time for training. In the other hand, they are not always a good watchdogs, they will go around the strangers wagging their tail if the stranger will offer something to eat.


The Clumber Spaniel dogs are easy to train because they are intelligent and quick learners. They are always eager to please their owners. However, they won’t respond to harsh training. The consistent training is required for this type of dog so that they will learn every things step by step.

Clumber Spaniel dogs are good with positive reinforcement training. Give rewards and treats so that they will be motivated to follow all positive activities. Early socialization helps them to be alert and friendly with family members.


Some of the facts related with Clumber Spaniel dogs are as follows:

  • Clumber Spaniels are the cross between the Saint Bernard and Bloodhound.
  • Clumber Spaniel is believed to be originated in France and was smuggled to England during French Revolution.
  • Their name comes from the large estate in England Clumber Park.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesEye Problems, Ear Infection, Hypothyroidism,
Intervertebral Disk Disease, Hip Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
SheddingHeavy Shedding
DroolingHigh Drooler
GroomingAvearge Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

Clumber Spaniels are generally healthy but like all other breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. Not all Clumbers get all of the following diseases but it is important to be aware of them:

  • Hip dysplasia: It is a condition in which the hip socket does not fully cover the ball portion of the upper thigh.
  • Hypothyroidism: It is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone.
  • Ectropion: It is a condition in which the eyelids turns outwards.
  • Entropion: It is a condition in which the eyelid folds inwards.
  • Ear infections: It occurs when bacterial or viral infections affect the middle ear.

Color Patterns

Clumber Spaniels are found in following different colors:

  • White
  • Orange and white
  • Lemon and white


Clumber Spaniel dogs can give birth to 2 to 8 puppies at a time.

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Clumber Spaniel puppy.

Cost of Clumber Spaniel Puppy

The average cost of the Clumber Spaniel puppy is about $800 – $1200 USD.


The male Clumber Spaniel have a height of 46-51 cm whereas the female have a height of 43-48 cm. The males weigh about 32-39 kg and females will weigh about 25-32 kg.

Which Dog Breed Are They Similar To?

Some of the breeds similar to Clumber Spaniel are:

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