Clumber Spaniel

Other names/Nicknames:

  • None

Country/Date of origin:

  • England
  • 1800′s


  • Females:  17 to 19 inches
  • Males:  18 to 20 inches


  • Females:  55 to 70 pounds
  • Males:  70 to 85 pounds


  • Gentle and easy going.
  • Learns slowly and requires constant reinforcement.


The Clumber Spaniel is named after a place, Clumber Park, which was the estate of the Duke of Newcastle.  The foundation stock, it is said, was given to one of the English dukes in the mid-18th century by a French duke.  The heavyset retriever became the favorite of several British kings who tended to be heavyset themselves.  They couldn’t keep up with faster Cocker, Springer, and Field Spaniels,  but the steady plodding Clumber suited them fine.  Recognized in England in 1859, the Clumber was registered in the United States in 1883.  It has never been the spaniel of choice for American hunters who favor a bustling, faster-moving bird finder.

Body Type:

  • A bulky spaniel with slow movements and a gentle expression.
  • Hanging ears are not altered.
  • Short tail which is held level with the back is docked.


  • Straight, silky, and very abundant coat
  • Color is always white.
  • Orange or lemon markings are permissible on the head but the fewer markings on the body, the better.

Health and Wellness:

  • Hip dysplasia

What you should know:

  • Runs to fat if not given daily exercise.
  • Tends to be a one-person dog.
  • Clumbers don’t do anything quickly.  They lumber.
  • Not common and a puppy may be hard to locate.
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