Health & Breeding


WCSS Health & Breeding Sub-committee


The Society has a sub-committee to represent the health of the working Clumber spaniel and to encourage responsibility in breeding practices. Its work is hugely assisted by an excellent relationship with KC geneticist Dr Tom Lewis and Animal Health Trust geneticist Dr Cathryn Mellersh.

As in many breeds, a considerable amount of nonsense is generated by self –appointed experts. WCSS will always work with professional genetic advice from people well experienced in the nuance required when dealing with rare breeds.

With a small gene pool, Clumber spaniels need to maintain genetic diversity, balancing this with retaining breed type and working characteristics. It’s a fascinating and complex science and our sub- committee listens very closely to the advice of professional canine scientists.

WCSS members are always advised, not compelled, in their breeding practices. We welcome informed, diverse strategies from breeders and encourage sharing of ideas in a constructive manner.

The sub-committee is practical and pragmatic with a good understanding of the challenges facing the breed. Heidrun Humphries, Barbara Brown and Breed Health Co-ordinator Carol Page  along with chair Jane Smith-Bodden make up a very strong team committed to the breed, and especially to the working dog.


Contact the Health Committee for individual advice on Health and Breeding