Breeding a Clumber Spaniel is a process that can be done successfully with the right education and dog. There are several elements that can disqualify the dog from breed standards. For example, dogs that are excessively shy or those that are vicious are considered faulted. In addition, any color of Clumber Spaniel other than the white with lemon or white with orange is also considered a disqualification in the breed. Choosing the right dog to breed is key!
Health Considerations Essential
When you want to breed the Clumber Spaniel, the first test of the parents or the puppies that you select to use in breeding later should be health. Several less than quality traits are seen in these dogs but the risk of them can be lessened when dogs that do not display these characteristics are found. The dogs should be screened for CERF Screenings, Hip Dysplasia, and Elbow Dysplasia prior to breeding. Purchasing a puppy from a breeder will also mean making sure that the parents have been tested for these conditions. Doing this will lessen the chances that your bred puppies will carry these negative character traits on to their offspring.
Other Features To Look For
When breeding Clumbers, be sure that you keep your numbers low. Small kennel style breeding is good for the dog and provides the potential pet owner with assurance of the dog's care. These dogs can be bred for their type, temperament and quality. The higher quality the dog is, the healthier it will be and the more breed standards it will possess. Breeding strong dogs is a key goal that you should have. Many of these dogs will still head out to the field for work and will hunt alongside their owners. This trait in the dogs makes them highly desirable. Another element to consider with Clumber Spaniels is their socialization. These dogs need to be socialized with other dogs and with people. Dogs that do not receive this proper socialization at a young age will grow up to be very shy and awkward.
To know what type of dog you are getting, ask about awards that the parents have had. For example, if a dog is rated Top Stud Dog, Top Sire, or Top Puppy, chances are good that the dog is an ideal choice for breeding for more dogs of that same quality. Never assume that this is the case as all dogs are subject to genetics!
When breeding Clumber Spaniels you need to be sure that you take into consideration all of the work that goes into newborn puppies. While these dogs are often very highly desired, paying for vaccinations and vet bills, as well as staying up all night feeding the babies, can be very hard work!