The name Clumber Lab is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: Clumber Spaniel and Labrador. The Clumber Spaniel is believed to have descended from Basset Hounds and Alpine Spaniels, originating sometime around the French Revolution. Depicted in a painting of the Duke of Newcastle in 1788, the Clumber Spaniel got his name from the Nottingham Estate of the Duke, Clumber Park. Other members of nobility who prized the dog were King Edward VII and his son, King George V. Arriving in North America in the 1800's, the breed is still recognized for his excellent retrieving skills. The Clumber Lab’s other parent, the Labrador, originated in Newfoundland, Canada and is a branch of the Newfoundland breed. They were bred in Canada to be adept swimmers that were trained to retrieve items, like nets, from cold water. Eventually, their population dwindled in Newfoundland due to a dog tax, but it boomed in the United Kingdom where they had been imported for decades in the early 1800s and used for hunting retrieval. Eventually, Labradors were brought over to North America at the end of the 19th century and have long been one of the most popular breeds in America. The Labrador was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917. The union of the Clumber Spaniel and Labrador has given way to the Clumber Lab, which is a relatively new breed. Clumber Labs are thought to have been breed for decades, but are overshadowed by more popular Labrador hybrids. Currently, the Clumber Lab is not recognized by the AKC.