The Clumber Spaniel was created as a bird dog that finds and retrieves birds for the hunters. It is a large dog with strong bones and muscles with a big head. It can give birth to 6-8 puppies at a time and the development process of the puppies is slow compared to a small-sized dog breed.

In this article, you will learn about the behavior, development and methods to take care of your Clumber Spaniel.


When the Clumber Spaniel puppies are born, they are completely blind, deaf, and toothless like any other dog breed. Since they cannot do most of the things by themselves like generating their own body heat and defecate on their own, the mother does that for her puppies. She keeps them warm and cozy and also licks the puppy’s bellies to make them pee and poop.

They need to be fed with only the mother’s milk and no other manufactured product unless for some reason the female cannot provide milk for her puppies.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

The first two weeks of the Clumber Spaniel puppies are very critical as they have to rely completely on the mother. As they are not able to see, the puppies rely on their sense of smell to get to the mother for food. They should only have milk for few weeks as the milk is rich in colostrum which keeps them safe from any fatal diseases.

During this stage, all the puppies do is eat and sleep. They wake up just to feed and again go to sleep as they need around 90% of sleep a day for the proper development of the body and mind. By the second week, you will see your Clumber Spaniel getting double its size.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

The transitional stage is one of the very important periods of the puppy’s life. During this stage, the puppies will open their eyes in ten days for the first time since their birth. By 14-18 days, they will hear their mother’s other littermates voice for the first time. By the third week, the puppies will be able to stand up and you will see them trying to walk with their wabbly move.

Cute Clumber Puppies sitting
Cute Clumber Puppies sitting.
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The Clumber puppies can regulate their body temperature. The teeth start to come out by the third week of their birth. The puppies are very active at this age and their legs become stronger with their playing and running around. They also sample solid food from their mother’s bowl and they do not need stimulation from the mother to pee and poop.

Socialization Stage (4-12 weeks)

Socialization is the stage where the things the Clumber Spaniel puppies learn remain for a lifetime. So, it is important to socialize your puppy with different people and dogs. During the first few weeks of this stage, the puppies are taught manners and discipline by the mother. They also learn to become a dog by getting familiar with body posture, vocalization, communication.

When the puppies get 8 weeks old, they need to be exposed to the outside world. Introduce them to various people and dogs so they learn to be friendly with them and not afraid or aggressive. This is also the best time to give basic training for your puppies like potty and obedience training. Give them high-quality and nutritious dog food, specifically made for puppies of a certain age.

Juvenile Stage (3-6 months)

In this stage, the Clumber Spaniel looks more like a little version of its adult self. It starts at 3 months and ends at the beginning of puberty. It will reach half of the size of the adult height by the four months of birth. They have now grown the ability to hold their pee longer so potty training becomes much easier. Chewing behavior occurs, so bring them some dog’s chewable toys to avoid destruction of home items.

Cute Clumber puppy on the field
Cute Clumber puppy on the field.
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Continue their training of basic tricks and take them out for short walks regularly. Keep the training session short and entertaining as they have a short attention span and they get distracted easily.

Adolescent Stage (6-12 months)

When the Clumber puppies reaches puberty, it is when the adolescence begins. The female will come to season anywhere between 6-9 months. She can mate and have puppies but breeding at such a young age can harm her health. So make sure she does not involve in mating at this young age.

The male will starts showing interest in the female but its not healthy for them as well. By 7 months, the their milk teeth are replaced by the adult teeth. Their growth plates has stopped and they are ready for more intense activities like agility.

Vaccination Chart for Clumber Spaniel

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Clumber Spaniel.

Vaccination cost for Clumber Spaniel

The cost for the DHPP vaccines are around $75-$100 and the vaccine for rabies is between $15-$20.