American Spaniel Club Foundation

About the ASC Foundation:

The ASCF is a non-profit corporation with the general purpose to “engage in, advance, promote and administer charitable, scientific and educational activities and projects” on behalf of flushing spaniels and in particular cocker spaniels.

ASCF was founded to provide an opportunity for individuals to make tax deductible contributions, an opportunity for corporations whose charitable giving programs call for education and research efforts to make tax deductible gifts, an opportunity for corporations to match donations through their matching gift programs, and most importantly, to support the efforts of ASC to raise funds to support educational programs, rescue and research for the welfare and betterment of the flushing spaniels that have give us so much love and joy.

For more information or to donate to ASCF, please visit the American Spaniel Club Foundation Website

Molecular Genetic Studies of Inherited Cataracts in the Cocker Spaniel  –  January 2019 progress report

Now in it’s fourth year, this study has full support of the Foundation and is being funded and supported through the generosity of ASC members and the cocker spaniel fanciers.


— Cataracts appear in age groups of 2-5 and 5-9. Inheritance is more complex than originally thought – this was presented previously in reports and podcasts from Dr. Aguirre.

— Optigen is no longer involved in the study since their sale to Mars Wisdom Health. There is a new form to use and new contacts are given for questions, etc. The study is not affected.  See link to new form below.

— Although the University continues to seek new entrants into the study and urgently wants updates to those currently in the study – they finally have a candidate group of dogs that they can use for genetic testing. For the first time they can finally embark on the final leg of the research in hopes of finding links to cataract inheritance.

— That final leg will include sequencing the whole genome of several cases and controls. By comparing the results, the goal will be to identify and confirm candidate regions on the genome where genetic variations occur. Once done, a deeper analysis of the variants will be possible.  The link to the full report follows below.

·Foundation – University of PA report January 2019 (click to open)

NEW Cocker Spaniel Cataract Research form (click to open)