are - even we are not hunters - physically and mentally according
to their natural abilities demanded ....... and not from time
to time, but regularly. The standard states: "The Clumber
should be firm, fit and capable of a day’s work in the field."
........ and that is very important to us. For our puppies, we
wish ** "working homes" id est fanciers of the English
working lines ........ families who take delight in common activities
with the dog ....... with interest in the natural abilitiess of
the Clumber Spaniel and the corresponding exercises and activity
.... a home where a Clumber can show it's mettle.....
Simply people who - like us - love these satisfied, "laughing"
By the way: Exercise and mental
work, a species-appropriate activity that is fun for the dog (and
the owner), can - just like positive reinforcement.... - increase
the level of the "happiness hormone" serotonin in the
body, which is responsible for serenity, contentment and stability
for the dog.
Clumber is more than a decorative accessory on the sofa, and his
favorite pastimes are not just eating and sleeping......just as
little as "digging", he just does it when he is bored
.... when its physical and mental abilities are not demanded.
do not give any of our puppies to commercial breeders!
In our breeding,
we pay special attention to health (quality of
life and life expectancy), the breed-specific characteristics
and Trainability (a characteristic proven by
numerous studies with the highest heritability) - A behavioral
complex in which the pure working lines achieve particularly good
values. More about in: Why.... IV
is also important here that these skills, which have been inherited
over generations maternal and paternal sides, must continuesly
to be fostered by a stimulating environment in order to use this
"learning advantage" permanently.
to routine health tests designed to reduce / prevent diseases
that primarily affect quality of life, we also focus on life expectancy
when selecting matings. Life expectancy is mostly reduced by diseases
that cannot (yet) be detected with genetic testing (such as cancer
and internal diseases). Therefore, we look very closely at the
family background and prefer dogs whose siblings, ancestors and
their descendants often have reached an above average age for
the breed .... or. who are still healthy and active into old age.
disapprove exaggerated breed characteristics - such as brows and
forehead wrinkles that narrow the view and the eyes, long and
too heavy ears and excessive weight (fat instead of muscles).
of beauty - As we all know....of course beauty is relative and
lies in the eye of the beholder: Indeed obtaining beauty championships
is not an issue on our agenda, but we also attach importance to
a harmonious, breed-specific appearance.
which has undergone some positive changes in recent years, in
favor of work ability, health and well-being, has not been a hurdle
for our "working type" Clumber until now. However, I
must confess that personally for me ....no dog on the Show Parquet
could embody "beauty". No, I associate this term more
with a totally muddy dog at the "work" .....whose charisma,
gaze and posture - a natural, inner beauty - you just can find
in a dog who is proud to show its abilities ....for what its heart
Incidentally: Because the silky fur has a kind of self-cleaning
effect, also after muddy adventures a bubble bath is not absolutely
needed - dry, brush out, done! Or why not simply go for a swim
on the way home or rinse off with clear water. The skin, the coat
and last but not least the sensitive nose will be grateful, if
you only use foam baths if really necessary.//
we hope to make a small contribution that this marvellous old
(working) breed, which, along with its abilities, has been underestimated
and misunderstood for a long time - and often even today - regains
the respect it deserves.
man who owns a good dog of this breed....possesses a treasure!"
(Robert Leighton, 1910)