Feeding your Clumber Spaniel

An introduction to the history and analysis of feeding clumber spaniels.  Each breed of dog has its own nutritional requirements and this information offers an insight into natural feeding and also reccommends alternatives for those not yet ready to implement natural feeding.

Feeding Clumber Spaniels

What are Clumber Spaniels like as pets ?

Clumbers are wonderful companions and very affectionate.  A happy Clumber will want to share his joy with you.  This will take the form of sharing everything – including food and water that has become trapped in flew and bib, big slurpy kisses, twigs, mud, sand and water that has collected on the coat and in those huge feet, hair that sheds all year round and saliva.  Saliva production seems to be one of their main aims in life; a ‘good’ smell will produce long thick candles of the stuff, reaching from jaw to floor which, when combined with a good head shake, goes anywhere and everywhere. 

They get bored easily and love a collection of toys, (they may have a different idea of what constitutes a toy than you do!) especially balls which they roll about the floor whilst carrying something else in the mouth, these get pushed in to spaces that they cannot then retrieve from  – thus enticing you to ‘join in the hunt’.  They are not a breed suitable for keeping in a flat or a house with a tiny garden.  They adore water and if there are ducks available they are in Clumber heaven.  Clumbers love their home comforts; after a busy day, they prefer your sofa or favourite chair but with encouragement will reluctantly settle for a thick, warm comfortable bed.  They require an optimum diet in order to maintain energy levels and plenty of clean water – the water bowl will quickly become yucky with all that saliva and they will stare at it in disgust as if it is your fault!  

Clumbers are very vocal, not just that deep ‘woof’ that alerts you to intruders but a variety of noises that accompany various behaviours.  These include a long drawn out yowl, usually muffled by toy in mouth, when greeting, to grunts and snuffles when demanding fuss or showing affection, or barking when wanting to include you in play. They have a very loud snore often accompanied by lots of mouth noises and heavy breathing.  Clumbers are good with other dogs and are often happy to share their home with cats.  If they have been well socialised as puppies they generally like humans but can be very selective for reasons only known to them.  Children are often seen as competition and a Clumber that has not had much contact with them often prefers to exclude themselves from their company. 

Clumbers require regular grooming, that dense feathery coat gets full of knots and tangles and soaks up mud and water like a sponge. A monthly trim is a necessity to keep them looking good and for them to be comfortable; especially the feet.  A full grooming session, including a bath, will take up to 3 hours with another hour required to clean the house afterwards.

Clumbers are wonderful, messy, time consuming, demanding dogs.  They are not a breed for the house-proud or faint-hearted.  Treat a clumber with love, respect, loyalty and unfailing dedication and it will be returned ten fold.  If you think you can ‘mould’ a Clumber then one is not for you!

Recommended Reading

The Clumber Spaniel by Peggy Grayson and Rae Furness
ISBN 0851152805  (1991)

Boydell Press,
P.O. Box 9,
IP12 3DF

There is a 1st edition on EBAY (this will open a new browser window)

Link to rare 1st edition

The Aristocrat of Spaniels by W. Ironsides & M. Charlesworth
direct from authors  (1996)

Clouds George Road,
near Lydney,
GL15 4TL

E-Mail to: Bill Ironsides

The Clumber Spaniel Club operates a Rescue and Rehoming scheme.
All enquires for placing or adopting a Clumber should be to the Rescue Co-ordinator:

Mrs Sue Williams.
West Street Lane,
Maynards Green,
East Sussex
TN21 0DB

Tel. 01435 812210

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