Cluminger Spaniel

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40-60 lbs
17-19"
Unknown

The Cluminger Spaniel is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between two different types of Spaniel, the Clumber Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel. The resulting offspring of the two breeds are typically heavier boned, more substantial individuals than the English Springer Spaniels but more balanced and agile dogs than the Clumber Spaniels. This canine may end up needing more baths than most dogs as they are likely to inherit the love of mud and other messy things from both of the parent breeds. They are friendly and affectionate animals with a playful nature that is occasionally expressed by mischievousness.

Purpose
Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Clumber Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel

Cluminger Spaniel Health

Average Size
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
  • Immune Mediated Anemia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Cluminger Spaniel Breed History

Spaniels classified as a type of gun dog, but they have been assisting hunters since long before the gun was invented. Initially, these dogs were bred to flush game out of the deep brush for bow hunters and in some cases, to retrieve birds from where they had fallen. The first Spaniels were divided into two groups based on where they worked; Water Spaniels and Land Spaniels. At some point in the 17th century, a distinction was made between types of Land Spaniels and they began to be classified as either Springer or Cocker Spaniel, based entirely on the size of the dog. Smaller Spaniels were employed to flush out both game and game-birds like woodcocks, giving them the name of Cocker Spaniel, and the larger were given the name Springer Spaniel for their ability to “spring” game animals for the hunt. It is believed that the Clumber Spaniel was developed towards the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, although records of the breeds used to create the Clumber Spaniel are non-existent. The most likely scenario is that they were developed for function rather than form by the gamekeepers that worked with the dogs at that time. The Clumber was named in honor Clumber Park, an estate of nearly four thousand acres that was owned by the Duke of Newcastle. The Clumber Spaniel dogs were exceedingly popular as hunting dogs and were often depicted in artwork from this era as well as being one of the first nine breeds of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club when it was formed in 1883.

Cluminger Spaniel Breed Appearance

This is a medium to medium-large breed of dog, typically with a head that is slightly larger and thicker than average for their body size with a straight, square muzzle and ears that hang down from the sides of the head, although these ears may be either the triangular shape of the Clumber or the rounded bottom edge of the Springer. The eyes are oval and they may have a diamond or V shaped rim, they can come in any color from amber to deep brown, and they tend to have the softer expression of the Clumber Spaniel, although some will exhibit the more alert and trusting expression characteristic of the Springer Spaniel. They can range from the low, substantial body of the Clumber Spaniel to the more compact and well-balanced body shape of the Springer, but most of these hybrids have a body shape somewhere in the middle of these two, a bit longer and more substantial in body structure than the Springer Spaniel, but not as low to the ground as the Clumber.

Cluminger Spaniel Breed Maintenance

Bathing is recommended about every 6 to 8 weeks for both parent breeds, or if they get dirty or muddy, and the same would be true of their offspring. These Spaniels do have a tendency to get dirty and muddy as they enjoy splashing through puddles and chasing things through mud, fortunately, they are not prone to problems with dry skin due to frequent bathing. They should be brushed several times a week in order to control shedding and to prevent tangling and matting. The feathered areas around the ears, chest, legs, and belly are particularly prone to tangles and should be carefully inspected. 

Cluminger Spaniel Temperament

The typical Cluminger Spaniel is affectionate, friendly, and playful. They tend to be more energetic than the average Clumber Spaniel, but not so hyper as the Springer Spaniel. Some may be reserved around strangers and other animals, but most of these dogs will be rather social, and although they will alert you to approaching strangers they are generally too friendly to serve as a guard dog. They are generally good with children, although if they lean too heavily towards the Springer they can be overly boisterous for young children and cause unintentional bumps and bruises. If you are buying a Cluminger Spaniel from  a breeder, meeting the parents of the dog is highly recommended; some Spaniel lines have traits of dominance and aggression that occasionally surface, and meeting the parents will help you judge the personality of their offspring.  Both of the parent breeds are fairly responsive to training, although the Springer tends to be more eager to please than the Clumber, so training the Cluminger Spaniel should also be fairly straightforward although Clumber Spaniels can occasionally exhibit stubbornness and both the Clumber and Springer can have a mischievous streak and these traits can be passed down to the Cluminger as well. 

Cluminger Spaniel Activity Requirements

The English Springer Spaniel generally requires a fairly high activity level, while the Clumber Spaniel’s exercise requirements are much lower. Their offspring, the Cluminger Spaniel, usually requires around 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise per day to be at their happiest and healthiest which may include activities such as swimming and tracking. The Cluminger Spaniel is usually is a pleasant companion for other dogs so play time with other friendly dogs may be a beneficial way to expend this animal’s energy. This dog does best with a larger home as they can tend towards being oversensitive to noise and they would love a fenced yard to sniff around in, but they can usually adjust to an apartment if given a little extra exercise per day. 

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