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Buying or Adopting a Clumber Spaniel

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Clumber Spaniel the right breed for you?

Clumber Spaniel Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Clumber Spaniel Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Clumber Spaniel?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Clumber Spaniel stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Clumber Spaniels are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Clumber Spaniel to lots of people and other animals
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Clumber Spaniel, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Clumber Spaniel?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Clumber Spaniel be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Clumber Spaniel?

Clumber Spaniels are not a common breed in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Clumber Spaniels rank 144th. It's hard to find a Clumber Spaniel.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Occasionally you might find a Clumber Spaniel available from a Dog Rescue group. But not very often.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Clumber Spanie being adopted from an animal shelter. Clumber Spaniel Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Clumber turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
Your primary (perhaps only) source for a Clumber Spaniel is a show breeder, who breeds Clumber Spaniels to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. A number of show breeders (but certainly not all of them) also emphasize the breed's hunting skills.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Clumber Spaniel puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Clumber Spaniel puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe metabolic/neuromuscular disease called PDP1.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Clumber Spaniel ends up with cataracts and hip dysplasia.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I have never seen a Clumber Spaniel in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


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Should you consider buying only AKC registered Clumber Spaniel puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


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