Clumber Pei

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50-65 lbs
United States
Clumber Spaniel
Chinese Shar-Pei
Chinese Clumber, Clumber Shar-Pei

The Clumber Pei is a mix between a Clumber Spaniel and Chinese Shar-Pei. This breed is an affectionate, loving, and – at times – independent animal. It can be a great, yet stubborn, family pet. As such, early training is particularly important for the Clumber Pei. This breed is relatively low-key, but requires moderate exercise to stay healthy. It has an average life span of 9 to 11 years, weight of 50 to 70 pounds, and height of 17 to 20 inches. Clumber Peis come in many color variations, have a short coat, and the signature Chinese Shar-Pei “hippopotamus” muzzle, but without the wrinkles. Many believe that this hybrid breed originated in the late 1990s to early 2000s, but the exact date is unknown. Because Clumber Peis are relatively new, they are currently unable to join the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs.

Date of Origin
Late 1990s
Clumber Spaniel, Chinese Shar-Pei

Clumber Pei Health

Average Size
Male Clumber Pei size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Female Clumber Pei size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Skin Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Skin Scrapings
  • Orthopedic Exam

Clumber Pei Breed History

The name Clumber Pei is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Clumber Spaniel and the Chinese Shar-Pei. The Clumber Spaniel is believed to have originated around the time of the French Revolution. Clumber Spaniels, descended from Alpine Spaniel cousins and possibly the Basset Hound, were introduced into Europe when Adrien Maurice de Noailles moved his kennels from France to Clumber Park, the estate of the Duke of Newcastle, found in England. Admired for excellence of retrieving and scent, the breed was brought to North America in the 1800s, but was not given the chance to showcase its skills, leading to a decline in popularity. Clumber Spaniels were added to the American Kennel Club roster of purebreds in 1878. The Clumber Pei’s other parent breed, the Chinese Shar-Pei – as its name suggests – originated in China. The exact origin is difficult to pinpoint because of obscure breeding records. Many believe it is a relative of the Chow Chow while others think it is closely related to the Thai Ridgeback. Regardless, it is commonly accepted that the Chinese Shar-Pei was around as early as the Han Dynasty in 200 B.C. Chinese Shar-Peis were employed as farm and guard dogs, as well as hunters and fighters. Many died off during the Communist Revolution in China, but the few Chinese Shar-Pei that remained were bred in British Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the 1970s, Matgo Law, a business man from Hong Kong, authored an article that urged Americans to rescue the Chinese Shar-Pei from extinction. Since then, the population has grown significantly in North America and was recognized by the AKC in 1992. It is likely that the Clumber Pei’s two parent breeds were mixed in the late 1990s to early 2000s, making it a relatively new hybrid breed. Currently, the Clumber Pei is not recognized by the AKC. 

Clumber Pei Breed Appearance

A Clumber Pei is a muscular, medium-sized, compact dog with a combination of Clumber Spaniel and Chinese Shar-Pei facial features. The average weight is 50 to 70 pounds and the average height is 17 to 20 inches tall. Their short, thick, and straight coats come in a wide variety of colors and markings including (but not exclusive to) black, chocolate, brown, fawn, cream, red, white, apricot (sable and dilute variations) with various colors in markings, spots and/or masks. This breed has a thick neck and large head for its size. It has the “hippopotamus” shaped muzzle and deep jaw of the Chinese Shar-Pei, but without all the loose skin folds. Clumber Peis tend to have medium-sized pendent ears, as well as wide-set eyes and dark noses. Their medium-length tails are high-set and their compact paws are round and arched.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Clumber Pei eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Clumber Pei nose
brown Clumber Pei nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Clumber Pei coat
brown Clumber Pei coat
fawn Clumber Pei coat
cream Clumber Pei coat
red Clumber Pei coat
white Clumber Pei coat
sable Clumber Pei coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Clumber Pei straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Clumber Pei Breed Maintenance

Clumber Peis are not hypoallergenic and thus are not suitable for dog owners with allergies. Depending on which parent breed the Clumber Pei takes after, it can be a moderate to heavy shedder. In both cases, brushing these dogs regularly can help control where and when they lose hair. Clumber Peis should be bathed monthly and owners should give special attention to cleaning any skin folders that this breed inherits from its Chinese Shar-Pei parent. If the coat is longer around the eyes and feet, clipping is recommended. Like all dog breeds, Clumber Peis should have their teeth brushed on a daily basis and nails clipped once or twice a month to avoid painful overgrowth.

Brushes for Clumber Pei
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Clumber Pei requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Clumber Pei Temperament

Clumber Peis’ personalities combine the loyal and affectionate nature of the Clumber Spaniel with the protective and intelligent nature of the Chinese Shar-Pei. This breed is generally friendly, especially with its owners and familiar humans. They are eager to please and respond well to food incentives. Clumber Peis are quite playful and will always be excited to romp around with their owners. This breed can, however, be mouthy and they are known to nip and play bite. Accordingly, Clumber Peis may be better suited for families with no or older children. Clumber Peis can also be wary around strangers and other dogs so introductions to new people or animals should be made slowly and thoughtfully. Additionally, because Clumber Peis are quite intelligent, they can be stubborn and independent at times. As such, early training and socialization are important to developing a well-adjusted Clumber Pei.

Clumber Pei Activity Requirements

Clumber Peis are somewhat active and require consistent, though moderate, exercise especially since this breed has a high potential for weight gain. A daily walk and/or play session with owners or other dogs (if the Clumber Pei is friendly with other animals) will suffice. These dogs are not suited for long runs or extreme exercising. As such, this breed can thrive in urban, suburban, or rural environments. Clumber Peis do well in any climate type, but they do have a relatively dense coat so they should not be over exercised in hot temperatures. This breed is relatively mellow, so they enjoy hanging out with family members inside the home as much as they do frolicking outside.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Clumber Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Clumber Pei Owner Experiences

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