Dukeries' Clumber Spaniel - Velvet
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The Clumber Spaniel thoroughly signalizes a thoughtful expression ........ a certain seriousness. It is a harmoniously proportioned dog with a strong, heavy bone structure; nevertheless it is very active, athletic and persevering.
This dog always radiates - whether in motion or at rest – strength.

The Clumber Spaniel is highly intelligent, generous, friendly, willing to work and possess a natural dignity. Prudently and deliberately responding and acting it is considered very strong-nerved. The Clumber is unflappable. - Just a big-hearted, highly intelligent Stoic.

The Clumber is more cautious than other Spaniels and shows up often rather indifferent towards strangers on the way.
Visitors are usually but joyfully welcomed and sometimes even gladly monopolized........ it parades its favourite toys. To its holder,..... its family this kid-friendly dog has a very close relationship. With cats and other pets, there are usually no problems, au contraire, it likes to adopt all.

Dog meeting point....Aven with her new friend  Velvet & house cat Lilith  Dog meeting point....with new 2- and 4-legged friends

As already described in Velvet's portrait, is the "stubborn skull " the clumber is rumoured to be, better explained as time they claims to optimize and to complete the order in the best sense – in a kind of "effort-benefit-analysis" :-) ....- you sometimes have the impression as if you could see how it works behind its forehead - and of course due to their tendency to work independently ...... their cognitive abilities.

As flushing dog and retriever Clumber Spaniels would like to be employed species-appropriately. The Clumber is a quiet worker with an excellent nose, ........reliable and steady. They want not only outdoor exercises, but should also get the opportunity its excellent natural abilities need. If one offers this possibility to the clumber, for example by work with the dummy and tracking, will be surprised his dog can do.

Velvet in action  Velvet in action  Velvet in action

For people who have fun at work with the dog in nature, the Clumber Spaniel is certainly a positive surprise. With motivation and fun at "work" it is very easy to teach this dog with a great willingness to learn..... if it makes sense to itself,. 0)

Although its appearance may leave the impression: For people who are looking for a "Just-sofa-dog", which is contented with short walks without species-appropriate activity, a Clumber is definitely the wrong dog.

One should .... No, one must satisfy its natural abilities! ... Everything else would be a loss/damage for the breed.

Tis early practice only makes the master......Sparkle 6 month  Sparkle 10 month  Sparkle 2 years

A few words about the way of working of the Clumber Spaniels:
The differences to other Spaniel breeds are not the job itself or the training, but the way they go about their job. The natural style of the Clumber Spaniels is using that unbelievable nose to work …..a little bit slower, a bit more methodically…. but as well effectively. Who’s already seen Clumbers clearing stone walls and hurdles with ease and making quite difficult retrieves – gets impressively visualized what these cracking dogs are able to do. Clumber Spaniels are hard working, clever, easily trainable, and ever willing to please. Whether working in the beating line, picking up, tracking or retrieving - this breed shows a great versatility. More about....

Velvet.....no sign of clumsiness  Leya  Sparkle

Clumber Spaniels doesn’t give mouth on the hunt, a "silent" hunter, so they aren´t handled as a hunting dog in Germany till this day. In Great Britain and Scandinavia they are used for hunting in the field and very appreciated for their excellent tracking features, their steadiness and stamina. In the United States they are withal for their incredible "nose", ...... their excellent sense of smell used as drug sniffer dogs.

By the way, the statement a Clumber from a working line is more difficult to train, is not true – au contraire. At last, only the Clumber Spaniel which forms a good team with its attachment figure, is an successful Gundog, what is certainly respected even at breeding.

If I read today in breed descriptions something of the kind: "it slavers, snores and gasps," it makes me not only angry at the author - who has unfortunately failed to visualize a complete picture of this breed, but also sad that the persons responsible for breeding allowed that these wonderful dogs were narrowed to it.

Because in Germany unfortunately only an onesided and often a wrong picture of the breed is shown – the Clumber is only known as a show dog - it bears repeating to advert to the other more unknown side. Also here – how already at another place on this website – a few links to "Working Clumber Spaniels" in action, like we know Velvetchen too:



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