Clumber Spaniel Breed Origins and Caracteristics
The cumber spaniel is one of the oldest Spaniel breeds. It was born in France, in the estate of the Duke Noailles, as a result of the cross of an old type of Spaniel, now extinct, with the Basset. During the French Revolution, the duke took theto England, to the property of the Duke of Newcastle, in Clumber. He came back to France where he died. The duke of Newcastle continued the breeding of these very capable for hunting. They were less fast than other Spaniels, but they worked better and were more silent. The current Clumber Spaniels looks in all aspects like the that appeared in illustrations of that time about the beginning of breeding this type of . The Clumber Spaniel is certainly more robust of the Spaniels, but its movements do not look slower. It is an excellent retriever, appreciated especially for hunting birds, since it takes the hunt to the hunters' fusil. Due to its tranquil and slow work, the dog is ideal in zones where there is a lot of hunting activity, since it never gets frightened.
In mid 18th century, the Sussex Spaniel appeared in Rosehill Park, in Sussex, the Clumber Spaniel undoubtedly contributed to its creation. The Sussex Spaniel was a dog of great usefulness. Among typical qualities, the dog perseveres to push the prey towards the gun, barking a lot. This last feature may make us suppose that it probably descends from tracker. This breed appeared very late in the exhibitions and it is not very requested. Even in England, it is less known.
Clumber Spaniel (1). Size: 40-45 cm. Weight: male 25-32 kg; female 20-27 kg. Color: pure white with yellow patches; orange patches are accepted but not wanted. The pure whitewith yellow patches on the head and snout are preferred. The nose must be as dark as possible, preferably black, the eyes as brown as possible. The tail must go parallel to the line of the back.
Sussex Spaniel (2). Size: 38-40 cm. Weight: 20 kg approximately. Hair: golden hair with lighter hair tips; dark reddish brown is not authorized. The nose is reddish brown, the eyes are chestnut. The tail must go parallel to the line of the back.