THE CLUMBER SPANIEL
(The American Kennel Clubs Standard and Description)
WOODSMAN N'CAMEO SNOWMAN CW
Owned by Stacy Killian of Beulah Land Labradors and Clumber Spaniels, and Woodsman
The Clumber is a long, low, heavy dog.
His heavy brow, deep chest, straight
forelegs, powerful hindquarters, massive
bone and good feet all give him the
power and endurance to move through
dense underbrush in pursuit of game.
His white coat enables him to be seen
by the hunter as he works within gun
range. His stature is dignified, his
expression pensive, but at the same time, he shows great enthusiasm for
work and play.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Males are about 19 to 20 inches at the withers, bitches are about 17 to
19 inches at the withers. Males weigh between 70 and 85 pounds,
bitches between 55 and 70 pounds. The Clumber possesses massive
bone, and is rectangular in shape. Length to height is approximately 11 to
9 measured from the withers to the base of the tail and from the floor to
The head is massive. The eyes are dark amber in color, large, soft in
expression, deep set in either a diamond shaped rim or a rim with a "V"
on the bottom and a curve on the top. Some haw may show. Prominent or
round shaped eyes are to be penalized. Excessive tearing, evidence of
entropion or ectropion are to be penalized. Ears are broad on top, set low
and attached to the skull about eye level. They are triangular in shape
with a rounded lower edge. They are slightly feathered with straight hair,
and ear leather is thick.
The top skull is flat with a pronounced occiput. A slight furrow runs
between the eyes and up through the center of the skull. Marked stop,
heavy brow. The muzzle is broad and deep to facilitate retrieving many
species of game. The nose is large, square and colored shades of brown,
which includes beige, rose and cherry. The flews of the upper jaw are
strongly developed and overlap the lower jaw to give a square look when
viewed from the side. A scissors bite is preferred.
Neck, Topline, Body
The Clumber should have a long neck, with some slackness of throat or
presence of dewlap not to be faulted. The neck is strong and muscular
and fits into well laid back shoulders. The back is straight, firm, long and
level. The chest is both deep and wide. The brisket is deep. The ribs are
well sprung. The loin is only slightly arched.
The tail should be docked in keeping with the overall proportion of the
adult dog. The tail is set on just below the line of the back and is normally
carried parallel to the ground.
The Clumber shoulder is well laid back. The humerus or upper arm is of
sufficient length to place the elbow under the highest point of the
shoulder. The forelegs are short, straight, heavy in bone with elbows held
close to the body. Pasterns are strong and only slightly sloped. The feet
are large, compact and have thick pads which act as shock absorbers.
Dewclaws may be removed. The hair may be trimmed for neatness and
utility in the field.
The thighs are heavily muscled, and when viewed from behind, the rear is
round and broad. The stifle shows good functional angulation and hock to
heel is short and perpendicular to the ground. Lack of angulation is
objectionable. The feet on the rear legs are neither as large, nor as round
as on the forelegs, but are compact, have thick pads, and are of
The body coat is dense, straight, flat and is of good weather resistant
texture; it is soft to the touch, not harsh. Ears are slightly feathered with
straight hair. Feathering on the legs and belly is moderate. The Clumber
has a good neck frill and on no condition should his throat be shaved. The
feet may be trimmed to show the natural outline, as well as the rear legs
up to the point of hock. Tail feathering may be tidied. Trimming of
whiskers is optional. No other trimming or shaving is to be condoned.
Color and Markings
The Clumber is primarily a white dog with lemon or orange markings.
Marking around one eye, both eyes or white face are of equal value.
Freckles on the muzzle and forelegs are common. The fewer markings on
the body, the better, although a spot near the root of the tail is common.
The Clumber moves easily and freely with good reach in front and strong
drive from behind, neither crossing over nor elbowing out. The hocks drive
in a straight line without rocking or twisting. Because of his wide body
and short legs, he tends to roll slightly. The proper Clumber roll occurs
when the dog with correct proportion reaches forward with rear legs
toward the center line of travel and rotates the hip downward while the
back remains level and straight. The gait is comfortable and can be
maintained at a steady trot for a day of work in the fields without
The Clumber is a loyal and affectionate dog; sometimes reserved with
strangers, but never hostile or timid.
Approved October 10, 1989
Effective November 30, 1989
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SPORTING BREEDS CENTRAL
Sporting Breeds Central CLUMBER SPANIEL Breeders Directory and Litter Ads
The CLUMBER SPANIEL Parent Club
CLUMBER SPANIEL Rescue Organizations
CLUMBER SPANIEL CLUB OF AMERICA
THE HISTORY OF THE CLUMBER SPANIEL