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The Bad

  • Clumbers can be stubborn.  They are intelligent, and can have their own agenda.  Some basic obedience training makes a happy dog and happy family. Positive reinforcement and repetition is how a Clumber learns, not by brute force. Keep this in mind when choosing an obedience class.
  • They can have a lot more energy than is depicted in some books and programs.  This is sporting breed, so they can be busy, especially as puppies and young dogs.
  • As mentioned before, Clumbers are generally good with children.  However, they are a large breed, and can knock over a small child without meaning to.  They can also be possessive about their toys-something a small child does not always understand.  Adult supervision is a must with any dog and small children.
  • Clumbers can have health problems, such as hip dysplasia, disc/back issues, allergies, and eye and ear problems.  Girls can be prone to urinary tract infections. See our health section for more information.
  • Clumbers love long walks, or a day in the field, but if you are looking for a serious running partner, this is not the breed for you.  They are built to move at a trot, not a run. 
  • Clumbers are a fairly rare breed.  You may have to wait a bit for the right dog to come into your life, and they are not inexpensive.  Reputable breeders want you to have a happy, healthy Clumber that is a part of your family for a long time. There is more information on choosing a good breeder on our site.