Clumber Spaniel Description
The nose of these dogs will either be brown or the color of their flesh. It has lips that are highly developed, and they have wide muzzles that allow them to function as good retrievers. The eyes should be set deep in the skull, and they should be amber in color. The neck should be dense and powerful, and the dewclaws may or may not be removed. The Clumber Spaniel will feature a thick, smooth coat that should be white with either orange or yellow markings.
While the tail may be docked in the US, this is illegal in most countries in Europe.
The Clumber Spaniel is a gentle dog that is intelligent and playful. Though it was bred to hunt, it is not a serious dog. Once it becomes an adult, it is not very active. Clumber Spaniels will only get along with animals that they are introduced to while they are puppies. These dogs behave best with one person and are wary with strangers. These dogs do not respond well to harsh discipline, and owners will want to be calm when training them.
Some Clumber Spaniels may develop hip dysplasia, panosteitis, or entropion. They may also drool and snore, and owners will want to make sure they never play with objects they can swallow. They can gain weight quickly, so owners will only want to feed them the necessary amounts of food. The Clumber Spaniel has a maximum life expectancy of 12 years.
A young Clumber Spaniel will need to get large amounts of exercise. Once they become adults, they are not as active. Playing fetch will an adult Clumber Spaniel will allow them to get all the exercise they need. They should also be taken for walks, but this should only be done in cool weather. They can live in an apartment if they get good amounts of exercise.
Special Grooming Needs
The coat should be brushed or combed each day. When the coat needs to be cut, you will want to hire a professional. Both the eyes and ears should be checked consistently. Some Clumber Spaniels may develop ear problems, but most of these conditions can be treated with special lotions. Any excessive hair that is own the ears should be cut. Clumber Spaniels will shed large amounts of fur.