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Cocker Spaniel Field Trial Club of America
Rules and Regulations
Spaniels are undeniably cute, with a happy and gentle personality. But did you know they are also hardy and skillful hunting companions retrieving water fowl and flushing game birds in all conditions. Spaniels competing in trials will be judged on game-finding ability, steadiness and retrieving. Other aspects such as marking the fall of game, ability and willingness to take commands, prompt style of retrieve and delivery to hand are all reviewed. The function of the hunting Spaniel is to seek, find and flush game in an eager, brisk, quiet manner and when game is shot to mark the fall or direction thereof and retrieve to hand.
Spaniel Field Trials
Cocker Field Trial Checklist. A dog is not eligible to be entered or to compete in any field trial in any stake in which championship points are given, if a Judge of that stake or any member of his family has owned, sold, held under lease, boarded, trained, or handled the dog, within one year prior to the date of the field trial. Amateur Status. An Amateur All-Age Stake shall be for dogs over six months of age that are handled by amateurs. The status of the handler is to be determined by the Field Trial Committee of the club holding the trial.
Originally edited and written by A. Hamilton Rowan, Jr. American sportsmen used Spaniels for hunting game birds and waterfowl long before there were Spaniel field trials.