Fourteen rare Clumber Spaniels and their owners from across the East Midlands took part in a walk in the third Clumber walk Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon on Sunday 11th November.
The walk was blessed with sunshine but there was still plenty of mud for the dogs to collect in their coats and take home. The walk stopped at 11am for the national two minutes silence but not every dog cooperated fully.
Barbara Weston one of the Walk Coordinators said, “This walk at Hinchingbrooke is one of ten organised across the country this year to offer the opportunity for owners of these rare dogs to meet and celebrate this unique breed. The next walk in Clumber Park on 9th December is already fully booked and further walks are planned for 2019. Clumbers are classed as a vulnerable breed by the Kennel Club as fewer than 200 are born in an average year and as a result, many owners and their pets did not have an opportunity to meet with other Clumbers until these walks were organised.”
Clumbers are the largest of the spaniels and have a gentle, loyal and affectionate temperament making an ideal “family friendly” pet. They are much more laid back and require less exercise than other gundog breeds. The Clumber spaniel is a native British dog with a long history. The breed is named after Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire where it was developed by the Duke of Newcastle and his gamekeeper, Mansell, in the 1700s and subsequently bred for over 75 years by the Foljambe family at Osberton. Clumbers have been kept and bred by members of British Royalty, including Prince Albert, King Edward VII, King George V and Princess Ann.
Photo credit Adrian Peters