Clumbers are slow moving spaniels that normally hunt at a trot, which they can maintain all day. They may be rather casual on barren fields, but should “come alive” when they hit bird scent. They should demonstrate excellent noses as they investigate the faintest scent thoroughly. Once on scent, they should be persistent as they “work it out” and show intense desire to catch the bird before it flushes. They often exhibit an English style, hesitation flush. Their water retrieving should be adequate for close decoy hunting. Their water entry is deliberate (carefully considered, unhurried) and their swimming speed is moderate. The Clumber Spaniel Hunting Style document is an essential tool for hunters, judges and owners and must be provided to judges before judging a WD/WDX test.
shall be used for any Clumber Spaniel entered in a WD/WDX test. When the test is completed, paperwork shall be mailed to the CSCA Field Chair or designate who will then mail a Certificate to the owner’s address.
In order to make tests available to as wide a number of flushing spaniel owners as possible, Working Tests may be offered by a club or a group of owners. Clubs or groups desiring to hold tests must obtain permission and approval from their Parent Club stating the date of the test, site, names for proposed judges, and type of birds. A person who is an approved Hunt Test judge or any person known to be familiar with the work of the flushing spaniels in the field may judge. It is common for all of the spaniel clubs to notify each other of upcoming tests, preferably 3 months in advance, so their members are aware of the test.
Entries for dogs being tested are to be entered on the Working Certificate forms. Each breed runs on their approved score sheet. Those breeds that do not have approved score sheets will run on the American Spaniel Club score sheet. Each Parent Club will receive the completed sheets and mail Certificates. Dogs are to be run singly, however, a minimum of three dogs must be entered and present to constitute an official testing.
Land Test-Live upland game, pigeons optional, should be planted on the course, two for each dog, at least 75 feet ahead of the starting line so that there is an opportunity for the dog to demonstrate ground coverage and hunting ability. Each breed has their own approved Hunting Style and should be judged accordingly. The manner in which the dog covers ground is less important than its ability to find game.
Water Test-A shot is fired into the air and, at the same time, a dead bird is thrown either from the shore or a boat to fall approximately 15 yards, which requires the dog to swim, not wade. A duck call or similar action may be utilized to assist with focusing the dog’s attention to the vicinity of the fall.
Gun safety rules must be in effect at all times. If for some reason the bird cannot be shot, or if a bird is missed, additional birds should be planted to allow sufficient judging. If a dog has sufficiently demonstrated that it can find game but said game cannot be shot, a dead bird may be thrown with a shot fired while the bird is in the air to enable the dog to make the retrieve.