Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel originates from France and is a handsome, stocky dog that forms part of the gundog group

Clumber Spaniel breed group


Size of the Clumber Spaniel


Country of origin


Time of original development


The Clumber Spaniel through history

This affable Spaniel was brought to the UK from its native France and bred by the Duke of Newcastle at his home at Clumber Park in Nottingham where it takes its name. It was used to hunt pheasant and partridge on the shoot.

Clumber Spaniel introduction and overview

The Clumber Spaniel is a large, robust and athletic gundog. It is much stockier in stature than the English Springer Spaniel or the American Cocker Spaniel. In fact. it is the largest spaniel in the gundog group. The Clumber has a large head and a long body and a short weather resistant coat which features longer featherings on the abdomen and legs and ears.

This loyal, hard working and friendly dog is sadly one of the lesser seen dogs in the spaniel group.

It is slower over the ground, lacking the grace and speed of some of its racier and rangier counterparts in the gundog group, but is highly intelligent and a devoted loyal companion and has impressive endurance and stamina levels.

Clumber Spaniel temperament

The breed is friendly and normally makes a good family dog with a reputation for being laid-back and relaxed around the home. It can be aloof with strangers.It normally mixes well with other dogs. Care should be taken with the Clumber Spaniel around cats and small pets.

Colour varieties of the Clumber Spaniel

This compact, athletic and stocky gundog is seen in 4 colour variations:

  • Lemon and White
  • Orange and White
  • White and Lemon
  • White and Orange

Size and weight of the Clumber Spaniel

Height bitch 43-51cms

Height dog 43-51cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 25-29.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 29.5-34kgs

Exercise requirements of the Clumber Spaniel

Medium. The Clumber Spaniel requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise, ideally off the lead. It is ideally suited to an active or working home in the countryside to be truly happy.

Is the Clumber Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes The breed is intelligent, and easy to train. However the size of this breed may make it unsuitable for many family homes.

Clumber Spaniel Spaniel coat length


Grooming requirements of the Clumber Spaniel

Medium.The coat requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts. The water resistant coat acts as a good natural barrier in bad weather and swimming sessions, and dogs tend to dry quickly after shaking themselves off.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection. Ear furnishings should be checked daily for food deposits, burrs and thorns and any matts or tangles gently teased out.


No. The Clumber Spaniel sheds quite heavily and consistently throughout the year, so unsuitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Clumber Spaniel

The breed is generally fairly hardy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Ear problems
  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia

Average lifespan of the Clumber Spaniel

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Clumber Spaniel pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £650-£850 for a Clumber Spaniel Puppy. There are normally 4-6 puppies in a litter. There were just 214 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Clumber Spaniel would need to be fed each day

A Clumber Spaniel bitch weighing 45kgs requires 472gms of complete dry food per day.

A Clumber Spaniel dog weighing 50kgs requires 510gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £11.50

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £12.50

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average qualitycomplete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Clumber Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of routine treatments and boosters through the year.