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; whether as a prospect for exhibition, a hunting companion, to be used in breeding activities, or for companionship to your household, combined with 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. Another association you should expect to find is with an AKC recognized regional or national club sponsoring this breed for perpetuation, and from which these breeders may draw knowledge, advice and support.
These are the breeders who are utilising health tests to improve the well-being of purebred dogs, even more telling than that, these breeders are the people who are funding the academic research upon which these health tests are based.
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 canine registry organization in the US 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 registration certificate and 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.
The AKC is not so exclusive that dogs unqualified for certified pedigree status will be shunned. All dogs may be registered with AKC by their owners in order to participate in any AKC sanctioned activity, with the exception of conformation exhibition.
Understand, though, that the AKC is a "club of clubs". Clubs which maintain a standard for judging a particular breed of dog or performance of tasks 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.
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