Welcome to Breed Basics where each week we will highlight a breed of dog to assist clients in finding the canine companion best suited to their lifestyle. We encourage potential pet owners to responsibly research dog breeds prior to purchase or adoption. If there is a breed you are considering, or are simply curious about, and would like our assistance in your research, please let us know, we would be happy to help!
This week’s featured breed – Clumber Spaniel
Although many have never heard of a Clumber Spaniel, you may have heard of at least one of their suspected ancestors, the Basset Hound and the Alpine Spaniel. The Alpine Spaniel is also an ancestor of the modern Saint Bernard, which may explain the Clumber Spaniel’s facial features and tendency to produce increased amounts of drool in comparison to many other breeds. Clumber Spaniels are short and bulky with a large head and deep chest. Standing only 17 – 20 inches on average at the shoulder and weighing in at a hefty 55 – 85 pounds, Clumber Spaniels are a large dog in weight and a medium dog in height. Despite their bulky bodies, they are light on their feet and are considered sporting dogs often used to retrieve game while accompanying hunters. Clumber Spaniels are great additions to family life as they have a very relaxed personality. Energy levels are low to medium as well as their exercise requirements. One consideration that potential owners must think of is a Clumber Spaniel’s coat; although they do not require more than moderate grooming overall, they shed year round. Clumber Spaniels are susceptible to Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (a disease where the immune system begins to attack red blood cells), Hemangiosarcoma (cancer of the blood vessels), eyelid problems, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and several other genetic and medical disorders. Although Clumber Spaniels were one of the original AKC breeds, their modern day numbers are few and careful breeding and research are being done to improve the health and longevity of the breed. Clumber Spaniels are commonly sweet, loving. and affectionate members of the family and live on average 9 – 15 years depending on overall health.
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on Clumber Spaniels or visit: http://www.clumbers.org/index.php
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff