The Clumber spaniel was first developed in the late 1700s by the Duke of Newcastle at his estate in Clumber Park, Nottingham. It was a popular breed with nobility, hunted in packs to flush partridge and pheasant from heavy cover.
The working type has made a great comeback in the field. Solidly built, it has a large square head with a broad muzzle, large ears and a long low-slung body covered in a dense flat coat in white with lemon or orange markings. It is a slower paced worker known for its stamina, keen nose, drive and steadiness. It is very loyal and affectionate in the home, known for its whole-body wag, and adapts well to kennels. Generally friendly, it can be reserved at first with strangers and other dogs and is good with children if brought up with them.
The working Clumber is an excellent choice for upland rough shooting and is well-suited for beating and picking up teams.