In Search of the Right Dog for Your Situation

By virtue of the fact that you are visiting our website and reviewing our position on acquiring a dog, it would seem a safe guess that you are at least interested in some type of purebred spaniel. It would also seem that some discriminatory sense is at work and you are seeking an above average quality animal.

What purpose you have in mind for acquiring a dog; as a prospect for exhibition, as a hunting companion, to be used in breeding activities, or for companionship to your household, and your past experience in these different facets of canine appreciation, will impact how readily you may find a dog which meets your expectations.

Without doubt, the finest, healthiest, most predictable canines originate from breeders who endeavor to produce dogs through a well thought out breeding plan. These breeders may have decades of experience in pursuing the preservation of the finest qualities of the breed, or they may be a recent entrant into this field, but closely associated with an experienced mentor in the breed from whom they may draw knowledge and advice.

Also without doubt in the United States, the top tier of dog breeders, and the canines they may be willing to place, are closely associated with the American Kennel Club. This is the mainstream registry, the only dog organization in the US which maintains credible studbook records for purebred dogs and can produce pedigrees recognized and accepted by all other canine organizations, whether domestic or from around the world.

The AKC is the ONLY US canine registry organization which conducts inspections of dog breeders to insure that their records kept and environment maintained for the dogs owned by a breeder are satisfactory and uphold the best of standards. Failing AKC scrutiny can cause breeder AKC privileges to be suspended or even terminated and registry status for dogs owned and/or bred to be cancelled and expunged.

If you find a dog breeder who cannot provide an AKC pedigree to accompany a dog to its new owners, then there are serious questions to be raised about the quality of the environment where the dogs are raised and whether the dogs are truly entitled to be called purebred. Some undesirable event in the history of such a breeder has probably led to severance from AKC privileges.

Understand, though, that the AKC is a "club of clubs". Clubs which maintain a standard for judging a particular breed of dog are the admitted members of the AKC. Individuals cannot directly be a member of the AKC. Individuals should become members of the clubs which constitute the membership of the AKC. For the English Cocker Spaniel, the AKC recognized breed parent club is the ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL CLUB OF AMERICA.

Why not opt to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter?   >>> continue here.......

A very noble sentiment and certainly an option to consider. Reasonable caution dictates that you investigate a "rescue" like you would any breeder, though.

Problem is, there are numerous organizations, most public but many private as well, which run their operations in a manner which are at the very bottom rung of the ladder of options for obtaining a reasonably healthy and well-mannered dog. Can yesterdays puppy waif, originating in a substandard breeders kennel and labeled as a pathetic unsocialized and ticking health timebomb, miraculously be rehabilitated overnight through a change of possession? Unfortunately some rescues conduct business as though that is the case. These rescues would seem to fit their own definition of the pejorative term they have coined, "puppy mill".

Can these organizations provide you with ANY assurances of good health expectations for the dog? Was a health evaluation, screening for specific acknowledged problems of that breed, done upon entry into such a setting? Were needed medical procedures performed, other than legally mandated injections for rabies and distemper, that is? Was spaying/neutering performed prematurely (< 9 mos of age)? Doing so can have adverse effects in the development of the dog to maturity.

Can these organizations provide you with ANY assurances of good temperament for the dog? In a setting where dogs come and go on a DEADline basis, almost certainly no extra time is allocated to properly evaluating a dogs personality quirks, if not outright dangerous tendencies. These caretakers are neither well-paid (certainly not in the public sector), well-trained, nor experienced with what dog behaviors are normal in such stressful situations like those found at many shelters.

Can you trust even, that the dogs breed has been properly identified? Adult behaviors can vary greatly from breed to breed, even for those similar in size and appearance. Training aimed at eliminating undesirable inherited behavior can create psychological conflicts even worse than the offending. I have personally witnessed personnel at our local shelter claim (guess would better apply) that a Chinese Crested dog being considered for adoption was the result of a cross between a Whippet and a Pekingnese. Scary when someone misrepresents their lack of experience and knowledge as authoritative.

The question becomes: "Are you feeling lucky?"

In order to improve your chance of obtaining a dog likely to provide a satisfactory ownership experience, contact a rescue which specializes with a particular breed. These volunteers have experience with that breed, understand the behaviors it may exhibit, and are a better judge of whether a particular dog, or even typical dogs of that breed, may or may not be appropriate to your homes environment. The donations they suggest are entirely utilised to pay for the expenses they incur to retrieve dogs from troubling situations, offset medical expenses, i.e. dental work and spaying or neutering, and feeding while they remain in volunteer foster care.

When a dog is obtained through a breed rescue, in certain cases it may be possible that you can be put in contact with the breeder, who may share their knowledge of the breed and the particular dogs ancestors and may also be very keen on maintaing a relationship with the new owners through the life of the dog and often beyond.

Why not select a new puppy from your local newspaper ad listings?   >>> continue here.......

Why not stop your search after visiting the first breeder website "GOOGLE"?   >>> continue here.......