The Clumber Spaniel dog breed was originally created to find and retrieve game birds for hunters.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Clumber Spaniel.
1) Unknown History
There is a theory that the Clumber Spaniel began its history in France and was smuggled to England during the French Revolution. But there is no evidence that this theory is true. No one knows for sure where this breed originated.
The prevailing theory about the birth of the Clumber Spaniel is that it resulted from crosses between Basset Hounds and early Alpine Spaniels, which are now extinct. This mix of traits gave the Clumber his low, long body and heavy head.
Clumber Spaniel stands about 17 in. (43.2 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 50 and 60 lb (22.7–27.2 kg). Its dense coat of straight, silky hair is lemon and white or orange and white and forms long, luxuriant fringes, or feathers, on the chest and legs. The heavy-boned, low, short body of the clumber resembles no other spaniel and suggests early crossbreeding with the basset hound. The tail is docked.
The United Kingdom (UK) used to export Clumber Spaniels all over the world, but today, the British are actually importing them. The UK Kennel Club has designated the Clumber Spaniel a vulnerable native breed, with less than 300 new dogs being registered each year. In the United States, less than 200 puppies are registered each year.
5) Living With
The Clumber spaniel is generally a healthy, robust breed. This dog loves exercise, especially swimming, but can adjust to quiet home life as well. The Clumber is content to sleep all day while you are at work as long as companionship and a brisk walk await him at the end of the day. In fact, frequent walks are recommended for the Clumber to keep him from becoming overweight. Clumbers love the company of their human family and thrive on affection.
The Duke of Newcastle and his neighbors were not the only aristocrats who kept Clumber Spaniels. These dogs were extremely popular with the British upper class and British royalty during the 19th century. In fact, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, was a big fan of Clumber Spaniels. So was King Edward VII, who ruled England for the first decade of the 19th century.
As a companion, Clumber spaniels are loyal and affectionate with a great enthusiasm for work and play. They are sometimes reserved with strangers, and they tend to be more aloof than other spaniels. However, they show no tendencies toward aggression.
8) Other Pets
Clumber spaniels can live happily with other pets, but early socialization is always recommended. These dogs are content indoors or out, although they usually prefer to be wherever you are. Clumbers are not prone to bark, and they are suited as companions in the home rather than watchdogs.
We can learn a bit more about the history of the Clumber Spaniel through artwork. Clumbers first appear in Francis Wheatley's 1788 painting, "The Return From Shooting." This painting depicts the Duke of Newcastle with his hunting party, accompanied by several Clumber Spaniels. Clumbers are featured in many other 19th-century works, and it seems as though they have not changed much over the past two centuries.
The coat of the Clumber spaniel is dense and soft. It should receive regular brushing to keep it clean and promote shedding of the undercoat. The coat can be trimmed for ease of care, but it is not necessary.