Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
Parent Club of the Breed
for Responsible Breeders
of English Springer Spaniels
in each and every breeding to achieve the highest quality
possible relative to the breed standard for conformation,
excellence in hunting for field, trainability for obedience,
tracking and the field, and temperament, in order to maintain
our breed's characteristics.
only physically sound, mature dogs of stable temperament for
breeding. These characteristics are rarely, if ever,
determined before the age of two for either males or females.
A minimum breeding age of three is seriously recommended in
order for breeders to determine with greater certainty that
the parents are of good health and temperament.
to educate themselves regarding genetic diseases pertinent to
the breed, including, but not limited to hip and elbow
dysplasia, eye diseases, seizure disorders, allergies, heart
disorders, and PFK, and information available as to their
modes of inheritance. Make use of genetic tests as suggested
by the needs of their individual dog(s) and close relatives
thereof. Documentation of hip and eye screenings should be
available to prospective puppy buyers. Hip screening
documentation should consist of an OFA or Penn Hip report
and/or a letter of evaluation from a board certified
Veterinary Radiologist or Veterinary Orthopedist; eyes should
be evaluated by a board-certified ACVO diplomat.
the same high standards to outside bitches sent to their stud
dogs as they apply to their own breeding stock.
each puppy's personality as carefully as possible with a
compatible buyer/family. Temperament testing of a litter
before puppies are offered for sale is encouraged.
appropriate steps to have each puppy examined by a
veterinarian for general health and examined by a veterinary
ophthalmologist for congenital eye disease prior to placement.
Each puppy should be vaccinated and wormed by or in
consultation with a veterinarian. Proper documentation
indicating normal health and eyes for the age of the puppy or
specifying any health or eye problems found at time of
examination should be furnished to puppy buyers.
buyers of pet puppies to spay/neuter. Methods should include
written spay/neuter contracts, limited registration, and/or
to gain personal knowledge of the temperament and health of
every dog they breed, or to which they breed in order to
gather information on which to base future breeding decisions.
They share this information fully and honestly with other
breeders and with prospective buyers.
breeding prospects to knowledgeable, ethical, and experienced
persons or are willing to help educate and guide novices. They
should at any time accept the return of any dog/bitch their
breeding program produces and they should always help when
relocation is needed.
not engage in misleading or untrue advertising and do not use
ESSFTA membership as a marketing tool.
not sell, supply, donate or surrender any dog for which they
are responsible to a pet shop, catalogue house, wholesale
dealer in dogs, Humane Society, or non-diseased dogs to a
laboratory. They should have reasonable assurance that each
individual receiving a dog will provide a home with
appropriate shelter, restraint, control and responsible care.
puppy buyers to go to puppy and obedience classes to help
their puppies to become better canine good citizens. The
achievement of a Canine Good Citizen certificate should be
and/or cooperate in research studies into heritable defects
affecting the English Springer Spaniel.
Referral Page if you would like additional
information on obtaining an English Springer Spaniel from a
breeder who agrees to support and follow these
Guidelines for Responsible Breeders.