Meet the Breed: The Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel isn't all that tall, but it gets the prize for being the largest spaniel based on his weight. The Clumber Spaniel is described as having a "melting" face for its drooping long ears, eyes and, yes: excessive drool. This dog has a good-sized head, is low to the ground, large boned, and sturdy. The coat is mostly white with lemon or orange markings.
The Clumber Spaniel history isn't documented before the middle of the 19th Century, but stories have persisted about a French nobleman transferring his beloved dogs to England when threatened by the Revolution. In England the breed was further developed as a hunting dog, mostly partridge and pheasant. The Clumber Spaniel became the favored companion of several of the English nobility.
The Clumber Spaniel is a very even tempered, sweet, docile, easy-to-get-along-with dog that is eager to please. This dog may be aloof with strangers, however. Training this breed is easy. Socialize this hunting dog with other household pets early to prevent chasing. Young dogs have a lot of energy but mellow significantly with age.
Breed Club Links: The Clumber Spaniel Club of America
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