The Clumber Spaniel is named for Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, England, though the breed’s exact origins remain uncertain. Originally a larger gundog, he was bred mostly by British royals (including Prince Albert and King Edward VII) until the mid-19th century, when he became popular outside the nobility. During World War I, breeding stopped and the population decreased to a record low, but in 1925, King George V redeveloped a smaller line of Clumbers in the Royal Kennel. They were introduced into Canada in 1844, and in 1884 they became one of the first 10 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The Clumber Spaniel’s long, heavyset build is unique among spaniels, and makes him instantly recognizable. Playful and loving, the Clumber Spaniel fits in well with families and other animals, though he can be wary of strangers. An intelligent and independent thinker, the Clumber responds best to positive training. He enjoys a daily stroll to stay fit, trotting along in his signature slow, rolling gait.
His personality may be easygoing, but the Clumber does require some maintenance. His cream-colored coat sheds year-round, and he has a tendency to snore, slobber and drool more than some other breeds.
Despite his royal pedigree, the Clumber Spaniel is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Clumbers are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion, ectropion and retinal dysplasia; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; and blood conditions such as Pyruvate kinase deficiency.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Clumber Spaniel inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.