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CLUMBER SPANIEL

Life span: 10-12 Years

Height: 46-51cm (Male); 43-48cm (Female)

Weight: 32-39kg (Male); 25-32kg (Female)

Clumber Spaniel belongs to Spaniel breeds and has emerged from England. They are gentle, loyal, affectionate and calm dogs. Clumber’s are known as great-hearted dogs. Clumber Spaniel shed a lot and are non-hypoallergenic dogs. They belong to medium-sized dog breeds.

Physical Characteristics

This large dog has matching large floppy ears, with a long, feathered tail. Their eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a long, weather resistant and soft to the touch overcoat, and a dense undercoat. They are usually white with an orange face mask, or markings.

History

Back during the French Revolution, it is said that French Duc de Noailles sent all his Spaniels to England, to the Duke of Newcastle in order to save them. This story is not proven to be true, but in a painting from 1788, the Duke of Newcastle appears with many dogs that look like the Clumber Spaniel. It was originally known as the Clumber Park Spaniel, due to the Duke’s estate in Nottingham, Clumber Park. Prince Edward, from Wales, took a great interest in these dogs, and kept many in his estate, Sandringham House. Many others adored this breed as well, such as Prince Albert, King George V, and his father, King Edward VII. It was not until 1844 that the breed appeared in North America, when a British officer named Lieutenant Venables brought a Spaniel back to his station in Canada, Nova Scotia. The American Kennel Club accepted the breed in 1878, making it one of 9 breeds recognized by them at the time.

Personality

These sweet animals are known for being perfectly docile companions that aim to please their owners. They are smart and get along well with children and other household pets alike. They are calm tempered, friendly, and playful, and they especially enjoy chewing, so be sure to have plenty of toys for them! Although they can be easy to train (with the right methods and varied sessions), they do need firm but loving owners that can show dominance without lacking love, or the dog might attempt to manipulate its owners to get what it wants.

Health

This is a generally healthy breed. However, they may suffer from:

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Hypothyroidism, a disease that affects the thyroid gland, its symptoms are ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, lethargy, and depression.

Ear Infections, which can be prevented by constant cleaning of any debris or excess wax.

Ectropion, a rolling out of the eyelid that exposes the eye to infections and can be corrected through surgery.

Entropion, which affects both lower eyelids, is an inward rolling of the eyelid and is treated through various surgeries to prevent ectropion (a rolling out of the eyelid).

Care

Their coat should be brushed once or twice a week and bathed only occasionally. Their ears should be checked regularly for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as their nails trimmed and teeth brushed. They are relatively high energy, and so daily walks are a must, in which they might stop to look and sniff around. Training can be quite difficult, as they can get distracted easily and need a reason to follow your instructions. Make training sessions interesting and varied. Positive reinforcement, especially with treats, works best for this breed.

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