Clumber Spaniel


"..the breed's hunting style. Clumbers are slower and more deliberate hunters than other breeds. They are adept at tracking, trailing, and flushing upland game out of any type of cover. Their real forte, however, is work in heavy cover -- this is what they were bred for... Typically these [draws and ditches] are full of tumbleweeds, thistles, and briars that most dogs will not want to enter...

"...people wonder if I spend hours keeping my dogs white. Amazingly enough, I've found that most of the dirt falls off when they get home and dry out...

"...questions about this breed's stubbornness, I have to say the answer is a big yes. My dogs are stobborn... the stubbornness means that they stay on a bird until it is found. The bitches tend to be more this way than the males...

"..a Clumber is not a good dog for someone who wants a kennel full of "hunting dogs." Clumbers first and foremost want to be with you and be part of your family. They perform for you because of this relationship" (Hiller, Judy. "Clumber Spaniels." Breed Column. AKC Gazette, Jan. 2004: 57).


Colby Glass, MLIS