Murphy the Clumber Spaniel

There once was a Spaniel from Clumber,
After Quail and Partridge he’d lumber.
With hunter and gun
he’s off on the run,
but at home his preference is slumber.

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Here at our Contra Costa pet vaccination clinic in Antioch we had the chance to visit with this very unusual breed and his favorite human. Murphy is a Clumber Spaniel which is named for Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, England because that is the place where, in the early 19th century, the breed was refined to its current form. The Clumber Spaniel, as a hunting dog, dates back to the mid 18th century when they were developed as a hunter capable of working in heavy cover (thorns and brambles.) With the common adoption of hunting rifles in the 19th century, they were then bred specifically as excellent gun dogs and retain that capability even today. The Clumber Spaniel is the largest of the Spaniel breeds, being relatively long and heavy-bodied. They have an excellent nose, are slow and persistent hunters and are still used today for hunting Pheasant and Partridge. The Clumber Spaniel is a loyal and affectionate breed which makes a good pet but potential owners be warned that they drool and shed quite a lot.

– Geoffrey Antipa

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