Non-sporting Breeds

Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog:19-20 in (48-50cm) Bitch:17-19 in (42.5-48cm)
Weight: Dog:70-85 lb (31.5-38kg) Bitch: 55-70 lb (25-31.5kg)
Coat: Abundant, close, and silky
Color: Plain white body with lemon markings preferred; orange permissible; slight head markings and freckled muzzle

The Clumber is the heaviest of the spaniels, with the Basset and the now extinct Alpine Spaniel in its ancestry. It is a reliable, slow, but sure dog mainly confined to country areas where it excels in flushing game over rough ground and as a retriever. In the years just prior to the French Revolution, the Clumber was promoted by the Duc de Noailles and became renowned as a beater and retriever. At the beginning of hostilities, the French Duke brought his dogs to England and entrusted them to the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park, near Nottingham, from which the breed gets its name. The French Duke met his death in the Revolution but the breed lived on. The Clumber is of good temperament and may be kept as a pet, but its ideal role is as a working gundog in the countryside. It needs a fair amount of brushing, and care must be taken that mud does not become lodged between its toes.
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