The Clumber Spaniel is a British breed used for hunting and tracking. It was most likely developed by crossing older breeds of hunting spaniels with Basset Hounds or St. Hubert’s hounds. There are recorded records of the breed from the mid 1800s in Queen Victoria’s diary. The Clumber Spaniel is named after Clumber Park. The breed was first introduced in the U.S. in 1844 by a British officer, Lieutenant Venables.
The Clumber Spaniel is a long, heavy breed weighing 55 to 85 pounds and standing 17 to 20 inches tall. It has a massive head and a large nose. Its expression is hound-like and it has low-set broad ears. It has a predominantly white coat with lemon or orange markings; the coat is dense and flat.
The Clumber Spaniel is an excellent tracker and an efficient hunter. Its “English Flush” is soft and is appropriate for flushing birds in heavy cover. The breed is affectionate and loyal with its owner, but can be aloof with strangers. The Clumber may be especially curious, and it may tend to get into things it is not supposed to, such as stored food or articles of clothing.
The Clumber Spaniel may be prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, and hypothyroidism.