35-40 lbs
United States
Clumber Spaniel
Bedlington Terrier

The Clumberton is a mix between a Clumber Spaniel and Bedlington Terrier. This breed is an affectionate, loyal, and intelligent pet. It is relatively energetic, but only requires moderate exercise to stay healthy. Clumbertons have an average life span of 11 to 13 years, weight of 35 to 45 pounds, and height of 16 to 18 inches. Clumbertons look much like lankier Clumber Spaniels and come in many color variations including combinations of blue, liver, sandy, tan, or white with the possibility of lemon or orange markings. The original date of this hybrid is unknown, but it is thought to be a relatively new mix. As a result, the breed is not fully stabilized and Clumbertons are currently unable to join the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Clumber Spaniel, Bedlington Terrier

Clumberton Health

Average Size
Male Clumberton size stats
Height: 17-18 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Female Clumberton size stats
Height: 16-17 inches Weight: 35-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
  • Skin Allergy “atopy”
Minor Concerns
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Copper Hepatopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Distichiasis
  • Renal Cortical Hypoplasia
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Chelation Treatment

Clumberton Breed History

The name Clumberton is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: Clumber Spaniel and Bedlington Terrier. The Clumber Spaniel is believed to have originated around the time of the French Revolution. The breed descended from Basset Hounds and Alpine Spaniel hybrid varieties. Clumber Spaniels migrated to Europe when the French Duke of Noailles moved his kennels to Clumber Park, the English estate of the Duke of Newcastle. In the United Kingdom, the Clumber Spaniel became popular with British nobility and was admired for its sense of smell and retrieving abilities. It was brought to North America in the 1800s, but has never been a popular breed in America. Clumber Spaniels were, however, recognized by the AKC in 1878. The Clumberton’s other parent breed, the Bedlington Terrier, hails from the United Kingdom. It is thought to have descended from several breeds including the Dandie Dinmont, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Whippet. Bedlington Terriers were originally bred for game hunting and early versions were called the Rothbury Terrier and/or the Northumberland Fox Terrier. Legend has it that a resident of the town of Bedlington bred two Rothbury Terriers in the early 1800s and called them Bedlington Terriers – the name we know the breed by today. Bedlington Terriers quickly became a popular dog to the elite classes and eventually spread to North America. Though it has not been a wildly popular dog in America, it was recognized by the AKC in 1886. Given the parent breeds’ long history in the same European and North American areas, it is possible that the Clubmerton has been bred for a long time. However, there is no exact date for the Cumberton’s origin and it is not recognized by the AKC. 

Clumberton Breed Appearance

A Clumberton is a small to medium sized dog that looks like a lankier Clumber Spaniel with some Bedlington facial features. Clumbertons’ average weight is 35 to 45 pounds and they grow to be 16 to 18 inches tall. They have a short, wavy coat whose texture falls somewhere between the Clumber Spaniel’s dense hair and the Bedlington Terrier’s soft fur. Clumbertons come in a wide variety of colors; this breed can be any combination of blue, liver, sandy, tan, or white with the possibility of lemon or orange markings. It's Terrier genes give the Clumberton a shorter skull and longer jaw with little definition between the forehead and nose, which is typically black or dark brown. It has relatively wide paws with thick, smooth pads. The breeds’ eyes are almond shaped, wide-set, and dark, while its medium-sized ears are floppy and sit low on either side of its head.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Clumberton eyes
amber Clumberton eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Clumberton nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Clumberton coat
gray Clumberton coat
brown Clumberton coat
white Clumberton coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Clumberton wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Clumberton Breed Maintenance

Clubmertons are not completely hypoallergenic, but produce less allergens due to the type of coat that they inherit from their Bedlington Terrier parent. This breed is a moderate shedder and should be brushed a couple times a week. Clumbertons should be bathed monthly and owners should give special attention to cleaning their floppy ears to avoid infections in that area. If the coat is longer around the eyes and feet, clipping is recommended. Owners with Clumbertons that take after their Terrier parent breed may require professional grooming to tame a curlier coat. Like all dog breeds, Clumbertons should have their teeth brushed on a daily basis and nails clipped once or twice a month to avoid painful overgrowth.

Brushes for Clumberton
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Clumberton requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Clumberton Temperament

Clumbertons are affectionate, loyal, and intelligent. They are people-oriented pets who become very attached to their owners and seek human attention whenever possible. Clumbertons can be wary around strangers and other animals so introductions to new friends – furry or otherwise – should be made slowly and thoughtfully. Clumbertons do not, however, have a reputation for being aggressive toward other animals or for barking frequently. The breed can be mouthy and are known to nip and play bite. Accordingly, Clumbertons may be better suited for families with no or older children. This is an intelligent breed that responds well to training – like most breeds, early and consistent discipline is the best way to rear a well-adjusted pet. Beyond this, Clumbertons can be lively and energetic animals. They enjoy playing outside with their owners and other dogs, but they also love being indoors and relaxing with their family.

Clumberton Activity Requirements

Clumbertons can be agile and energetic dogs, though they only require mild exercise. This breed will be content with moderate daily walk and/or play session with owners or other dogs (if the Clumberton is friendly with other animals). They also enjoy frolicking around indoors to burn off some energy. Given their flexibility, Clumbertons can live comfortably in urban, suburban, or rural environments if they have sufficient outdoor space to stretch their legs. Additionally, this breed will do well in any climate type, but like all dogs, they should not be over exercised in hot temperatures. In the evening, Clumbertons make cuddly couch companions after an active day.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Clumberton Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Clumberton Owner Experiences

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