Clumber Spaniel

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Origin: United Kingdom and France

History: The Clumber Spaniel was bred in France by the Duc de Noailles, who moved his dogs to the Duke of Newcastle’s kennels at Clumber Park Estate at the beginning of the French Revolution to escape slaughter. This is one of the earliest Spaniel breeds. They can track like a hound and hunt like a Spaniel.It is believed that the Clumber Spaniel ancestry has both Alpine and Basset Hound. The Clumber Spaniel as a breed was a perfect choice for nobility during the 19th century.

Group: Gun Dog, UKC, Sporting Dog, AKC

Description:

  • A nicely built dog with a rectangular shape-long, low and solidly built.Droopy jowls and eyes.
  • Large and handsome head with long, broad ears, a short muzzle and beautiful amber eyes which are large in size.
  • The Clumber Spaniel has a large nose which include various shades of rose, cherry, brown or beige.
  • Docked tail
  • Coat is straight and silky in texture. The Clumber Spaniel yields a neck frill and delightful feathering on both ears.His coat coloring is either white with a lemon tinge, or with orange markings.

Height: 17 to 20 inches

Weight: 55-85 pounds

Temperament: The Clumber Spaniel is a super friendly and outgoing dog that is easy to get along with. He enjoys being around children, friends and family, yet can be prone to shyness around guests. This is a wonderfully playful breed that always looks dignified and regal.

Activity Level:Medium amount of exercise required

Owner/Home Requirements: Active owner that has a rural home.This breed needs to be included in family activities, outings and enjoys being  active. They can do well in an apartment, yet need to be exercised daily.

Special Needs: Grooming, positive training, socialization and ear cleaning.They may also have feet problems. Plenty of drooling and snoring. This breed needs plenty of positive training, males are more prone to being out of line or devilish at times.

Health Concerns: Ear problems, epilepsy,allergies, hypothyroidism,intervertebral disc disease, entropion and hip dysplasia.

 

Video Credit: Animal Planet 101

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Canine Body Language Explained

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Head high: Your dog is interested in what he’s seeing and in what he’s doing.He’s enjoying all the new sounds and noises.

Head upright and neck arched- as in above photo: Your pooch is confident, showing signs of superiority over the other dog. Yet, in this case it looks like they’re just having lots of fun.

Head high, yet tilted to the side: Your pooch is interested in what’s going on around him.

Head and neck that is level with or lowered considerably with a stiff body that is possibly crouched beneath the other dog, or leaning back away from the other dog: Your dog is preparing to escape; and may possibly bite or snap at the other dog.

Head is lowered, and his body is twisted away from the other dog. He may possibly be turning the side of his face upwards. Your pooch is showing signs of appeasement ,and is trying to make friends.

Head and body lowered with cowering body movement: Your dog is scared and has no confidence. He is showing submissive deference.

 

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Why Do New Canine Behaviors Suddenly Appear?

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Unexpected and Suddenly Bad Behaviors

Sometimes, it may just suddenly happen, and your dog exhibits bad behavior-or is it really bad behavior? Many times your dog may have an underlying medical condition and needs to see the veterinarian.

New Behavioral Problems

  • Growling and snapping when anyone touches him. This could be due to pain in that part of his body, tooth problems, arthritis,hip dysplasia, paneosteitis, or other joint problems.
  • Aggression towards other people or pets- thyroid imbalance, or other hormonal imbalances.
  • Marking and urinating at home- urinary tract infection, bladder problems or kidney problems.
  • Destructive behavior and chewing up everything at home- teething or tooth problems ( If a puppy possibly boredom and lack of exercise and training)
  • Growling when you approach the food bowl- if this has never happened before , it could be due to being extremely hungry from a medical condition.

If your veterinarian finds your pooch healthy and free of dental problems, now will be the time to spay or neuter, if you already have not done so! Although most definitely not a substitute for positive dog training, it helps with curbing any unwanted behaviors like marking and urinating at home.

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Canine Adolescence. Navigating the Right Path For Your Puppy.


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Signs of Canine Adolescence

  • Behavior starting to change.
  • Basic manners may need reinforcing.
  • Keep up with the training and basic manners training.
  • Keep up with an interesting socialization program for your adolescent puppy where he can make new friends and interact with them frequently.
  • Behavior will be changing during this time, sometimes for the worse.Compare your pup to your teenager.
  • As your pup nears his 2nd birthday-small dogs and 3rd birthday-large dogs, both behavior and temperament will stabilize.
  • Keep working on your dog’s behavior,  socialization training during this critical period.
  • Do not stop socialization most especially after your adolescent’s first doggie squabble at the dog park. Try to intermingle small and large dogs together if you know that your dog will be safe.( this may seem controversial.)
  • If you start secluding your adolescent after their first squabble, you’ll be in for more problems. Keep on socializing your puppy, and bring him to the dog park every day if you can.
  • The secret to adolescent puppyhood success is maintaining your dog’s manners,positive training, rewards, socialization,playdates and intergrating lots of environmental stimulation and fun toys. Keep a frozen stuffed Kong with you to alleviate hyperactivity, boredom and destructive chewing in your puppy.
  • Respect and love your adolescent puppy by understanding what he needs.Revamp his socialize life and perhaps his training schedule.Update his bedding and crate, and organize dog park/dog beach playdates with other dog parents.

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