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Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by this constitution and by-laws and the rules of the AKC. The application shall state the name, address and occupation of the applicant. The applicant must be proposed by one and seconded by two regular or life members in good standing. The applicant, proposers, and seconders must be unrelated by family ties. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit an application fee, the amount of which is determined by the Board of Directors.

From article 2, section 3 of the Constitution and By-Laws of the the ECSCA, Inc.

The application is for ONE INDIVIDUAL ONLY. The ECSCA does not offer joint or family membership. Each person applying must complete their own application and submit their own processing fee.

Approved September 1, 2010

I agree that participation as a member of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Inc. (ECSCA) requires my abiding by and upholding the following guidelines:

  1. To uphold the principles of the ECSCA’s Constitution, Bylaws, and Statement of Conduct, and to protect the interests of the English Cocker Spaniel in a manner reflecting credit to myself, the breed, and the ECSCA;
  2. To breed as closely to the standard of the breed as adopted by the ECSCA with the goal being to produce the highest quality English Cocker Spaniel in temperament and health which promotes the breeds true characteristics and versatility as a companion and for the function for which it was bred.
  3. To educate the public about our breed, honestly representing the English Cocker Spaniel by disclosing known health issues and the breed’s inherent characteristics and suitability;
  4. To willingly offer assistance and encouragement to new owners and novice competitors in recognizing the need for mentoring and support within the English Cocker Spaniel community;
  5. To breed responsibly, to urge spaying or neutering of bitches or dogs not desirable for breeding, and to make appropriate use of the non-breeding (limited) AKC registration clause and/or withhold registration papers until proof of neutering of these animals is received;
  6. To willingly take back whenever possible or assist in placing or re-homing any English Cocker sold or bred by me;
  7. To become educated as to known and emerging health problems within the breed and to screen breeding stock for those identified health issues for which some form of testing is available;
  8. To willingly disclose known health defect or issues affecting the dog, its ancestors, or its offspring when breeding or selling;
  9. To support and participate in the efforts of the ECSCA to continually assess the health and longevity of the breed through testing, health surveys, and research support;
  10. To support the efforts of ECSCA Rescue;
  11. To supply no animals to pet shops, commercial brokers or dealers, or to raffles or similar projects;
  12. To cover by written agreement all stud service terms, and to keep detailed and accurate written records of matings, births, registrations, sales and transfers, etc.
  13. To provide each dog purchaser with the following:
    • AKC registration papers where applicable;
    • Minimum three generation pedigree;
    • Complete medical records to include dates of inoculations, types of vaccines used, and dates of worming; and copies of relevant and available health checks;
    • Instructions on proper care, to include proper nutrition and feeding requirements, training and grooming instructions;
  14. To protect the health and welfare of all dogs entrusted in my care by providing a safe, sanitary environment, appropriate and necessary veterinary care, and adequate socialization;
  15. To refrain from deceptive or erroneous advertising;
  16. To promote good sportsmanship at all times.

(and to avoid having the application returned for being incomplete!)

  1. Only one (1) individual per application form. The ECSCA at this time does not offer a joint or family membership option. Be sure to remit the $10 non-refundable application fee with each application (Junior applicants do not have to pay this fee) – check payable to ECSCA.
  2. Please PRINT all your information – thank you.
  3. Be sure to answer the question on the form “Why do you wish to become a member of the
    ECSCA?” Since the space on the form is so small, please use a separate piece of paper.
  4. Proposer and Seconders:
    1. All must be members in good standing of the ECSCA for five (5) or more years and
      know you personally.
    2. Per Article II, Section 3, ECSCA By-Laws: “…The applicant, proposer and
      seconders must be unrelated by family ties.”
    3. You may not just print the names of your proposer and/or seconders. They are
      required to sign the actual form and then print their names on the line below and
      indicate how long they have known the applicant.
    4. The proposer must include a written comments/recommendation.
  5. Always be sure to list every ECSCA member you know, above and beyond your proposer and seconders.
  6. The ECSCA Officers and Board of Directors suggest that a new member applicant have had an English Cocker for at least two years.
  7. Be certain when you submit your application, you return
    1. the application and its application fee,
    2. your letter explaining why you wish to be a member,
    3. the comments/letter of recommendation from your proposer,
    4. the signed Statement of Conduct and
    5. the signed information delivery preference sheet.
  8. Should you have any questions regarding the completion of the membership application, please feel free to send an email to
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