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History Although the Clumber Spaniel is one of the earliest breeds to be granted recognition by the American Kennel Club, its exact origin before the middle of the 19th century remains uncertain. One theory states that this breed originated in France around 1768 and that during the French Revolution, the Duc de Noailles gave a kennel of spaniels to the Duke of Newcastle who was residing at Nottinghamshire's Clumber Park. There, the Clumber Spaniel was further developed and perfected. Although there are no formal documentations of this breed's early beginnings, it is said that St. Bernards and Basset Hounds may have contributed to the development of this breed.
These dogs were used for hunting partridges and pheasants. They can hunt while alone or in small packs. Today, these dogs also make good companions.
Appearance These dogs are long and low. They possess heavy bodies because their bones are heavier than those of other spaniels. They have broad, deep chests, and square-shaped, broad heads. They have ears shaped like vine leaves and eyes that are slightly deep set and dark amber in color. Their muzzles are wide, which enable them to retrieve well. Their coats are weather-resistant, flat, dense, and straight.
Colours Dogs of this breed have coats that are predominantly white with markings that are either orange or lemon in color.
Temperament These dogs are sweet, pleasant, gentle, and intelligent. They can get along well with other household pets that they were raised with. They are loyal and affectionate with their family members, although they have a tendency to bond more strongly with one member of the family. As puppies, they are very active, but when they mature, they become well-behaved dogs. They are good with children, but they do not take to strangers and will not socialize with unfamiliar characters readily. These dogs are also eager to please, thus making them quite easy to train.
Weight They are 41 - 51 cm in height and 30 - 36 Kg in weight.
Problems Some of these dogs may be susceptible to getting afflicted with panosteitis (juvenile lameness) as well as hip dysplasia. They can also develop cataracts and eyelid entropion. They are also prone to getting skin and flea allergies. Aside from that, these dogs also snore, shed, and drool constantly, although these are not major disorders.
Living Conditions These dogs prefer living in cool weather because of their dense coats. They can be inactive indoors but they will do well in an apartment if they are given enough exercise. It would be best, though, if they are provided with a small yard wherein they can play and do some activities.
Requirements As puppies, Clumber Spaniels are very active. As they mature, though, they slow down. However, they still need to be taken out for long walks on a daily basis. These dogs also love playing fetch and swimming. Owners must be careful not to overexert their dog during hot weather. It is important that these dogs get sufficient exercise. If they do not get enough exercise, their diet should be regulated since they have a tendency to gain weight easily.
Training Requirements Training these dogs requires gentleness from the owner since these dogs won't respond well to harsh training methods. They should also be properly socialized while they are still young.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed can be expected to live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Grooming These dogs are heavy shedders and their coats should be groomed regularly with a comb and brush. Their coats should also be trimmed occasionally. Owners must also inspect and clean their dogs' eyes and ears on a regular basis. If the dog has too much hair under its ears, the owner must clip it before trimming the dog's coat.
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