Reclassification Of The Clumber Spaniel From Category Three To Category Two

Due to improvements in the health of the breed, the Kennel Club has announced the reclassification of the Clumber Spaniel, a vulnerable native British breed, from the category three (high profile breeds) to category two of its Breed Watch system, with immediate effect.

The reclassification, which follows a recommendation from the Kennel Club Dog Health Group, means that Clumber Spaniel Best of Breeds or those winning their third Challenge Certificate will no longer require a veterinary health check at Championship Shows.

The visible health of the breed will continue to be monitored by the Kennel Club and the Breed Health Co-ordinator for the breed will still be required to submit a comprehensive annual breed health report. Judges will also continue to submit mandatory health monitoring forms after each appointment.

The decision to reclassify the Clumber Spaniel from category three was made by the Kennel Club General Committee following a recommendation from the Kennel Club Dog Health Group, which has been following the health of the breed and discussing the health initiatives with the Breed Health Co-ordinator, Carol Page.

Carol Page said: "I am sure all Clumber Spaniel owners will be delighted with the news that the breed has been reclassified from Category 3 to Category 2. The breed club has had a long commitment to improving health and this is showing in today's Clumber Spaniels.

"Our inclusion on the original High Profile Breed list really focused breeders' attention on health issues, which enabled us to provide the Kennel Club with evidence of the improvements that have been made, and show how healthy our dogs are. There is now a dedication within the breed to progress with this work."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The Clumber Spaniel breed representatives have demonstrated to the Kennel Club an improvement in the visible health of the showing population and have provided detailed information of a long and short term health and welfare strategy to ensure they safeguard the future of the breed. Part of this includes a wider cultural change that needs to take place with owners, breeders and exhibitors to help protect a much-loved breed.

"As a breed, the Clumber community have taken a very transparent approach to publishing health results, which is strongly encouraged for all breeds. We would like to commend the dedication, passion and commitment of those Clumber Spaniel owners and exhibitors who have participated in health testing for both visible and hereditary conditions.

"The Clumber Spaniel Club and its Health and Welfare Committee have worked hard to ensure that a large proportion of their community have been involved in all health initiatives undertaken by the breed. The Kennel Club will continue to work closely with breed representatives and offer support and advice with continued health and welfare initiatives."

The Clumber Spaniel is the third breed to be reclassified from Category 3 to Category 2 on Breed Watch. There are now just 12 breeds which remain on the Kennel Club's list of Category Three breeds: the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug, St Bernard and Shar Pei. For more information on Breed Watch and the health initiatives of Category 3 breeds, please visit

For more information on Clumber Spaniel Health and Welfare initiatives, please visit the Clumber Spaniel Club website

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