About the Clumber Spaniel
The Clumber Spaniel is a fun breed to own. They command attention everywhere they go and usually get it! Clumbers adore their family and like to be where you are. Clumbers are a happy , friendly breed, but initially some can be reserved with strangers. However, within a few minutes that 'stranger' quickly is now their friend. Have that 'stranger' ignore them and soon 'clumber' will be nudging their side. It is very important that you take the time to socialize your new puppy or adult and expose them to lots of new and fun situations. They are a silly breed, full of antics and games.....you will never be bored with a Clumber around the house! Puppies and young adults alike are active and full of energy, and need a moderate amount of daily activity...they are very unlike the 'snoring couch potato' that many have portrayed them to be! But, yes, they DO snore and many often sleep upside-down like a human! They love to carry things in their mouths, paw you for attention, lay their head in your lap or cuddle with you on the floor, Woo Woo Woo at you, the refrigerator & pantry....like I said you will never get bored with a Clumber around the house.
TRAINING AND CARING FOR YOUR CLUMBER SPANIEL
Because Clumbers are so family orientated, they do not do well in a strict kennel environment with little human attention. Likewise, they are not an outside breed. Where you are is where they want to be too. They need their family. If needed the clumber can do fine in a crate for limited amounts of time while you run errands or do things around the house. For longer periods of time I personally recommend setting up a small area in your home where they can stretch their legs a bit and not become mischievous. Clumber puppies are notoriously known for chewing, so give them the right things to chew. Be especially careful with a puppy, as well as an adult Clumber, as they also have a tendency to swallow what they chew, which can lead to 'intestinal blockage'......a potentially life threatening condition.
The Clumber Spaniel is truly a multi-purpose breed, with many involved in obedience, tracking, field work, agility/rally training and conformation (Show training). Their keen noses make them a natural in tracking and field work. In obedience, with patience, your love and a 'treat' they will do anything for you. Train with lots of happy praise and happy rewards (a toy or food treat). They really are among the few breeds of dogs left still doing what they were bred to do and turning around and winning big in the dog show ring. The Clumber Spaniel truly can do it all!
Grooming: On the cosmetic side Clumbers do need regular brushing as they shed quite a lot year round. I encourage daily brushing/combing to really keep the shedding in check. Even a Clumber pet requires a small amount of grooming. The hair around the feet and at the end of the tail should be kept trimmed and tidy along with the hair around and on top of the ear leather. Nail of course should be kept trimmed, but with a Clumber the nail is quite thick and if not trimmed regularly will become unmanageable in a short time. It is also important that the inside of the ears be kept clean, as the ear leather (flap) is very thick and heavy and it can be very difficult for air to get inside and circulate. Because of the droopy eye, Clumber eyes need to be cleaned and wiped often, usually daily with a damp cloth. If your interest is additionally in a Clumber for showing in the conformation ring, there is other grooming and trimming involved, as well as coat care and conditioning.
Pet/Companionship only vs. Showing: When we breed a litter of Clumber Spaniel puppies my aim is to breed for the purpose of improving upon my lines and with the hope that the 'proposed' breeding/litter will have a quality puppy that I may carry on my lines with. I do not breed for any 'commercial' purpose or for third parties. My goal is to place each and every puppy, that I do not keep for myself, directly into a loving home, whether that home be strictly for companionship only or for companionship & showing. With that aim in mind, any puppies placed in companionship only homes are done so with a spay/neuter contract and AKC limited registration. All puppies placed in a 'show' home are done on a co-ownership basis. I feel the best time for puppies to go to their new home is between 12-20 weeks, sometimes later if we are waiting for all adult teeth to fully come in for show evaluation. If a puppy is sold as a Show puppy at the younger age (before 5 months) and said bite becomes undershot I will refund the difference between show price vs. companionship price upon viewing said dog's mouth.