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Sensible advice for raising your Clumber Spaniel puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Clumber Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding Clumber Spaniel puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Clumber Spaniel dog breed

Clumber Spaniel Health Problems and Raising a Clumber Spaniel Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Clumber Spaniels:

Clumber Spaniels have a deformed chondrodysplastic build, which predisposes a dog to orthopedic issues such as intervertebral disease. But hip dysplasia is the big problem in Clumber Spaniels. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated 572 X-rays of Clumber Spaniel hips and found 45% dysplastic – the 8th worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Ignore anyone who tells you that a Clumber's hips are "normal for the breed". Dysplastic hips lead to arthritis later in life.

Elbow dysplasia (a 9% rate) is another orthopedic issue in Clumber Spaniels, along with panosteitis.

The most common eye diseases in Clumbers are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Also cataracts, persistent pupillary membranes, and occasionally retinal dysplasia.

The heavy hanging ears with lots of hair inside the ear canals are predisposed to ear infections.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Hypothyroidism is fairly common in the breed. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 18% of Clumber Spaniels have low thyroid levels.

Other health issues in Clumber Spaniels include colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Clumber Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Clumber Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Clumber Spaniel puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Clumber Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Clumber Spaniel puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Clumber Spaniel lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Clumber Spaniel
The best diet for feeding your Clumber Spaniel is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Clumber Spaniel. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Clumber Spaniel
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Clumber Spaniel. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Clumber Spaniel puppy really need? Does your adult Clumber Spaniel need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Clumber Spaniel. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Clumber Spaniel. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Clumber Spaniel.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.