by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2009)
The Clumber Spaniel is often described as the "retired gentleman's shooting dog". This came about when the British military men and civil servants found that the Clumber Spaniel was ideal for shooting in fields that were small, where the pace can be leisurely, and the dogs were easily handled.
Clumber Spaniels have excellent noses and display a great spirit in beating strong cover. The Clumber Spaniel is to the spaniel family what the Basset is to the hounds, a slow-moving, short-legged, large-bodied dog. By some reports he is ill tempered, but he is the most easily trained of any member of the spaniel family. He is not headstrong and can be great for hot-weather hunting due to his coloring and sedate pace.
The general appearance and size of this dog is that of a long, heavy looking dog that has a very thoughtful expression. That expression shows great intelligence. The dog is larger than the usual spaniel and has an appearance of great power. He is sedate in all of his movements, but is not clumsy. The male Clumber Spaniel weighs between 55 and 65 pound while the female weighs between 35 and fifty pounds. The modern Clumber Spaniel stands seventeen to eighteen inches tall at the shoulders. His coat is silky and straight, not being too long, but is extremely dense. His color is usually a lemon and white or an orange and white with no orange or lemon appearing on the body. His head resembles that of a St. Bernard.
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