The Clumber Spaniel is an intelligent, calm dog great for apartments as they do not need a great deal of exercise as adults. They are good natured and easy going and will get along with children, other dogs and other pets if raised with them. *Good With Children? She is patient with children, especially if she has been socialized with them early on. As a reminder, never leave a young child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. *Trainability: May be difficult to train and she may not plenty of reinforcement. *Special Health Considerations.
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Clumber Spaniel is no exception. Be on the lookout for canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), Entropion, (hereditary disorder where eyelid, usually lower one, rolls inward and irritates the cornea and can cause visual problems. Surgery can correct this condition but may disqualify the dog from shows), Retinal Dysplasia, panosteitis (juvenile lameness), flea allergies and back problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only.
Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list. She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Clumber Spaniel is 18 to 20 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 70 to 85 pounds. The female runs from 17 to 19 inches to the withers. *Grooming.
The Clumber Spaniel has a straight, dense and flat coat, soft to the touch. She is a heavy shedder and requires frequent brushing and occasional professional grooming. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. If you have her professionally groomed, make sure ear cleaning and inspection is part of the package.
No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian. Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs.
Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease. Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
*Life Span. The Clumber Spaniel can live between 10 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions. *History. The Clumber Spaniel was first recognized in 1859 in England. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1878.
Some Registries: *Clumber Spaniel Club of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry Litter Size: 2 to 8 Clumber Spaniel puppies Category: Gundog Terms To Describe:Power, endurance, gentle, easy going *SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Does not need a lot of exercise. They are good swimmers. They are playful and affectionate. They are mellow and good natured. They will get along with other animals.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS Makes a poor watch dog. Makes a poor guard dog. They drool, snore and wheeze.
They tend to swallow odd items. They gain weight easily. May overheat in hot weather. Tend to be a one person dog.
Tends to get fat if not exercised daily. She is a heavy shedder. *Other Names Known By: Gentlemans Gun Dog *Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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