The Clumber Spaniel is a fit, capable and willing participant for hunting expeditions. The dog was first recognized in the 1800's and the where breed for the benefit of the hunter. Many take one look at these dogs and do not believe that they are able to be such physical dogs considering their low and heavy frame. Yet, these dogs are agile and they enjoy the hunt. Those considering a companion for their next hunting trip should definitely consider adding these dogs to that trip.
Bred For Hunting
In the 1800's and beyond, the Clumber Spaniel was bred for its ability to hunt. As a sporting breed, they are capable of a good amount of physical activity and they enjoy it. You will find that they are more laid back than other hunting dogs, which many attribute to the dog's Basset Hound ancestry (so it is believed.) The dogs do have a strong attitude about their job and they are serious about it as well. If you work to train these dogs, they will be your loyal and dedicated worker for their lifetime.
Although they are a strong hunting breed, the Clumber Spaniel is unique in that it is just as satisfied to walk alongside their hunting companions and keep them company as they do so. Many hunters took these dogs on long trips hunting and used them for companionship and small game hunting. Bred for their strength and intelligence as well as their hunting ability, these traits are still evident today.
Should you adopt a Clumber Spaniel, you will want to invest time in giving them physical activity. These dogs are often very heavy and need exercise like the hunt to keep them fit. If you do not plan to hunt with them, or not often; then provide them with long walks, strolls through the woods or even a game of fetch. Do not underestimate their need to stay fit during off hunting season.
For those that do want to use the Clumber Spaniel for hunting, proper training is necessary. Start off with training for respect of their owner. This often is accomplished best with reward and praise. Harsh actions and words will not inspire the Clumber Spaniel to listen and obey to you! Once the dog has been obedience trained, work towards taking it out onto the hunt. With simple command teaching, the dog's natural hunting instincts will take hold. He will not disappoint.
Hunting with the Clumber Spaniel will be enjoyable and it will be fruitful if you take the time to work with them. They may look slow and slobber a lot, but they are hunting dogs through and through. The Clumber Spaniel is an ideal dog for those that want company while they hunt or a strong hunter.