The American Spaniel Club (ASC) is the parent club for the Cocker Spaniel and the primary guardian of the Cocker Spaniel breed. ASC was founded in 1881 by a group of spaniel enthusiasts in North America and continues to support all flushing spaniel breeds. ASC hosts two major dog shows a year – the Cocker Spaniel National Specialty and the Flushing Spaniel Show, which showcases all of the spaniel breeds. ASC members determine the breed standard and code of ethics, and they participate in a variety of competitive dog show events. The club is dedicated to the well-being of Cocker Spaniels and all flushing spaniels through education, cooperation, and training. Through our non-profit foundation, we support health research and rescue efforts. We also have a legislative liaison who provides information to members and the public about animal welfare issues giving spaniel enthusiasts tools to shape the policies affecting our interests and breeds.
We welcome new members. Please visit our Join ASC page to learn more about the benefits of ASC membership.
One of the privileges of American Spaniel Club membership is the ability to Futurity nominate bitches and enter enrolled puppies from nominated litters at the National Specialty and Flushing Spaniel [...]
2023 ASC National Specialty Show
Check out the 2023 ASC National Specialty Show webpage! The National Specialty Show is July 20 - 23, 2023, and the Zone 5 Regional Specialty hosted by the Cocker Spaniel [...]
ASC Flushing Show Judging Program
The judging program for the 2023 ASC Flushing Show is now available!
Support the 2023 ASC National Specialty Show!
Sponsor a National Show Conformation Trophy or Rosette
Sponsor an Agility Trophy
Sponsor an Obedience or Rally Trophy or Rosette
|ASC Agility Trial
06/03/2023 - 06/04/2023
|2023 ASC Cocker Spaniel National Specialty
07/20/2023 - 07/23/2023
|Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Dallas
About the Cocker Spaniel
The well-bred Cocker Spaniel has a sweet temperament and is a pleasure to own. He is affectionate and cuddly and loves to participate in family activities. He is playful, alert, and active, enjoying any exercise from a brisk walk to hunting in the field. The Cocker is known to be a sensitive dog, mentally and physically. Learn More...
Finding a Breeder
Be selective. Find a breeder who is knowledgeable and make sure you’re comfortable with them. Don’t be put off if a breeder isn’t immediately responsive. Hobby breeders often have full-time jobs and they don’t always have available puppies. Visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents. Get an idea of what the future holds for your dog in terms of temperament and appearance. Establish a good rapport with the breeder. He/she will be an excellent resource and breed mentor for you throughout the life of your puppy. You should be encouraged to call the breeder if your dog has a crisis at any stage of its life. Breeders should be willing to answer any questions you have and should ask many of you as well. Breeders will want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes, with people who know what to expect and have made all the necessary preparations.