The Cocker Spaniel Club



All breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with the Kennel Club, accept the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.


1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

15 Before breeding a litter, serious and equal consideration should be given to construction, temperament, health & soundness; in the choice of breeding stock it should always be borne in mind that aggression & nervousness form no part of a Cocker Spaniel's temperament & character. Members should be co-operative in any measures aimed at eradicating any hereditary disease and commit themselves to a positive programme of testing for hereditary defects. No owner should use for breeding a dog or bitch which has produced a confirmed and recognised hereditary disease wth the following exceptions: "Where DNA tests are available for such diseases, dogs or bitches that have been tested and proved to be carriers should only be bred to mates that are DNA tested Normal/Clear to avoid producing afflicted puppies". It would follow that it is the responsibility of all stud dog owners to investigate the history of all visiting bitches. No bitch should be mated unless she fits the criteria as stated in this schedule. NO MEMBER SHOULD KNOWINGLY MATE A COCKER SPANIEL TO ANY OTHER PEDIGREE BREED OR CROSSBREED DOG OR BITCH IN ORDER TO PRODUCE "DESIGNER PUPPIES" FOR DELIBERATE GAIN.

16 No puppy should leave the breeder before the age of 8 weeks. Prospective buyers of puppies and/or adults should be carefully screened for suitability and should be fully advised of the characteristics of the Cocker Spaniel as a breed stressing the necessity for care, grooming and ample exercise. Puppies should not be sold to homes where it is known that they will be left on their own all day

17 No puppy or adult which has any apparent physical defects or which shows any definite departure from the Breed Standard should be knowingly sold without the buyer being made aware of such defects & its possible consequences. Members should only sell puppies and adults which to the best of their knowledge and belief, are in good health at the time of sale.

18 No dog or bitch having been taken in under the guise of Rescue by Cocker Club members or by an official Cocker Club Rescue Representative, shall be used in any breeding plan by that person or anyone else. The temperament of the rescued animal must be taken into consideration before any attempt is made to rehome it. If there is any doubt about the temperament, the appropriate action must be taken in accordance with the Cocker Club Rescue procedure

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.




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