BREED EVENTS

English Cocker Spaniels are eligible to compete in all of the following AKC events:

Agility  |  Conformation  |  Field Events  |  Working Tests  |  Obedience  |  Rally  |   Tracking

 

The ECSCA supports these events by holding and supporting entries for shows, tests and trials. The ECSCA also offers awards, certificates, and other honors to those who participate and acquire titles. The ECSCA appreciates the effort taken to enhance the quality of English Cocker Spaniels by training and exhibiting a dog.

Statistics for all events can be found under each year on the Breed Statistics page.


AGILITY

The purpose of AKC agility trials is to afford owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions. The program begins with basic entry-level agility, and progresses to more complex levels that require dogs to demonstrate higher levels of training and interaction with their handlers.

Agility results in a better rounded, conditioned dog, provides good basic training for search and rescue dogs, demonstrates good training and citizenship and has excellent spectator appeal.

Agility trials are sporting events and all participants should be guided by the principles of good sportsmanship both in and outside the trial course.

- Ch. 1, Sec. 1 Regulations for Agility Trials, AKC

More Agility Information

Articles Agility 101 by Courtney Oliver
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  AKC's Agility Page

CONFORMATION

Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies, is judged.

- from A Beginner's Guide to Dog Shows, AKC

American Kennel Club Standard »
Canadian Kennel Club Standard »

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Articles
Clark, Anne Rogers Breeder's forum
Clark, Anne Rogers Judging The English Cocker Spaniel
Clark, Harry and Faith  As We See It - Side Movement
Clark, Lynn Reply
ECSCA’s Breed Education Committee Rear Angulation (PDF)
Illustrations courtesy of Patty Janzen
ECSCA’s Breed Education Committee Head Properties of the English Cocker (PDF) Illustrations courtesy of Eileen Weston
ECSCA’s Breed Education Committee Understanding the Front Assembly (PDF)
Illustrations courtesy of Patty Janzen
Ferguson, Arthur The English Cocker In Perspective
Harmer, Hilary More on Balance and Movement
Lyne, Virginia Thoughts on Sorting a Litter
Lyne, Virginia Selecting the Show Puppy
Phoa, Eugene BALANCE...and what it means
Phoa, Eugene The Judging of Sporting Dogs
Rose, Sue Sellers Breed Type
Rose, Sue Sellers English Cockers Afield
Rose, Sue Sellers Seminar Notes
Sutter, Kay Moderate: Moderation in the English Cocker Spaniel
Oppenheimer, Raymond H. Basic Breeding Principles
various Words of Wisdom
Walker, Prudence Comment (Rears)
Walker, Prudence Comment (Heads)
Walker, Prudence On Type
Fremuth, Karen The Dual Purpose English Cocker Spaniel
Judges Education
The Breed Education Committee is pleased to take requests to conduct Judges Education Seminars. For information see the Judges' Education section of this web site.

To learn more about the conformation aspects of English Cockers Spaniels, enjoy the articles above by experienced breeders and judges of English Cocker Spaniels. Topics include balance, movement, history, health, how to judge EC's, type, and how to pick a show puppy.

More information is available for purchase in the Media section of this web site.

Of Interest
List: Hall of Fame (ECM) Requirements
  List: Top Producing Dams
  List: Top Producing Sires
  List: Versatile English Cocker Spaniels (PDF)
  ECSCA Junior Showmanship Scholarship Program
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FIELD EVENTS
- from an article by Bethann Wiley

There are three main events for English Cockers to demonstrate their abilities in the field: the Working Dog program, the AKC Hunt Test program and AKC Field Trials. Each of these events has its own purpose but all offer great opportunities for English Cockers and their owners.

The Working Dog Program

This program was developed in 1977 for the purpose of testing the field abilities of English Cockers. The AKC Hunt Test program for spaniels had not been developed yet and field trials were basically non-existent. This program is a great opportunity for dogs to demonstrate the basic abilities of finding, flushing and retrieving a bird on land as well as performing a water retrieve. This is an ECSCA title that goes after the dogs registered name and can be earned at the basic level as a WD and, if the performance is of a higher caliber, a Working Dog Excellent (WDX) title is awarded. For details on the requirements for this title, visit http://ecsca.info/index.php/breed-info/events/2-uncategorised/23-working-dog-test

Clubs and/or groups of individuals wishing to hold a Working Test should contact the ECSCA Working Test Coordinator, Kate Romanski, for information and test approvals at least three months, but no less than four weeks, before the event date at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

American Kennel Club Spaniel Hunt Tests

This program for spaniels was developed in 1985 and provided a non-competitive set of standards for owners and dogs to achieve.  There are three levels, Junior, Senior, and Master in which the dogs enter and earn qualifying scores towards AKC hunting titles.  The Junior level is similar to a Working Dog certificate while the Master level is a finished dog, steady to wing and shot and capable of doing blind retrieves on water.  This title also goes after the dogs registered name, JH for Junior Hunter, SH for Senior Hunter and MH for Master Hunter. This is a great program for the hunter or English Cocker enthusiast to challenge themselves and their dogs to achieve a higher level of training and enjoy what the dogs were bred to do.  The rules and regulations for Spaniel Hunt Tests can be downloaded at http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTSPN.pdf

American Kennel Club Cocker Field Trials

Field Trials for cockers have been going on since 1925 under AKC rules. “The purpose of field trials for the English Cocker spaniel is to provide a competitive environment for the continuing enhancement of the hunting capabilities of the breed.  The trial should demonstrate the performance of a properly trained spaniel in the field, and should determine the dog with the finest qualities among the group entered in each stake.  The judging will affect the values of the dogs put up and affect the breeding schedules of the future.”  This is the description taken from The Guide to the Conduct and Judging of Cocker Spaniel Field Trials, otherwise known as the “cocker green book” which is available for $5 from the ECSCA store on the website at www.ecsca.info. The title of Field Champion, FC, or National Field Champion, NFC precedes the dog’s registered name.  Rules and Regulations for AKC Spaniel Field Trials can be downloaded at:   http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RFTSPN.pdf

For more information on the WD test or AKC Spaniel Hunt tests, or for mentoring and advice on field training and local training opportunities, contact a member of the ECSCA Hunt Committee:

Steven Roth, MD (Chair)         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mary Lou Dunn, PA         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karyn Eby, WA             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Dawn Schuster, WI         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jean-Marie Tate, NY         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Joe Worsham, NC         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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(pertaining to field trials, hunt tests, and the ECSCA working test)

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ECSCA WORKING TESTS

Clubs and/or groups of individuals wishing to hold a Working Test should contact the ECSCA Working Test Co-ordinator, Kate Romanski, for information and test approvals at least three months, but no less than four weeks, before the event date at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


OBEDIENCE

Obedience trials are a sport and all participants should be guided by the principals of good sportsmanship both in and out of the ring. The purpose of obedience trials is not only to demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring, but also to emphasize the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion to man. All contestants in a class are required to perform the same exercises in substantially the same way, so that the relative quality of the various performances may be compared and scored.

The basic objective of obedience trials, however, is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions. The performance of dog and handler in the ring must be accurate and correct according to these Regulations. It is also essential, however, that the dog demonstrate willingness and enjoyment while it is working, and that a smooth and natural handler be given precedence over a handler moving with military precision and using harsh commands.

- from AKC Obedience Regulations

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RALLY

AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.

A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.

- from the AKC web site

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TRACKING

Many colors of the English Cocker SpanielThe purpose of a tracking test is to demonstrate the dog’s ability to recognize and follow human scent, a skill that is useful in the service of mankind.

Tracking, by nature, is a vigorous, noncompetitive outdoor sport. Tracking tests demonstrate the willingness and enjoyment of the dog in its work, and should always represent the best in sportsmanship and camaraderie by the people involved.

- from AKC Tracking Regulations

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