USA Parent Club maintains a Breeder Referral Committee to
assist prospective Field Spaniel owners in contacting breeders
and gaining additional information on the breed.
The Field Spaniel
Society of America does not endorse any breeders. However,
the individuals who appear in this website are members in
good standing with the Field Spaniel Society of America
and have signed the club's Code of Ethics (CLICK
HERE FOR A COPY).
Purchasers should research the breed, ask lots of questions
and use good judgment in purchasing a puppy from any breeder.
To send an e-mail
to our breeder Referral Committee to obtain a list of
current and expected Field Spaniel litters,
To locate a specific breeder in
Guidelines for buying a Field Spaniel Puppy.
No matter what breed you get or who the breeder
is, ask for a written health guarantee (a contract).
The contract should include ( among other things)
lifetime return policy, health guarantees, a
spay-neuter agreement for pets, a visit to the
vet within a specific period, etc. You might
ask to see a copy of the contract early in the
Inquire about the parents' , grandparents' and
their siblings' hips ratings(OFA* rating and/or
Pennhip rating*). For breeding purposes, the
parents' hips are usually rated fair, good or
excellent by the OFA.
Ask about eye checks on the parents (CERF*).
Ask about thyroid problems in the parents' and
Ask to see a paper copy of the OFA rating
or Penn hip rating and the eye checks. Hips,
patellas, heart, elbows and eye check results
are available on line at the OFA* website if
you have the registered names of the dogs.
Inquire if there is any epilepsy, heart
disease, cancer or auto-immune problems that
the breeder knows of in the pups' pedigree.
These however, are not common problems with
the Field Spaniel.
Some breeders will have the pups' eyes checked
before you get the pup. The breeder might also
microchip or tattoo the pups.
The breeder should be able to provide you
with a 4 or 5 generation pedigree and
litter registration papers for the AKC*, CKC*
and/or UKC* ( sometimes the AKC is slow
at returning papers but the litter registration
should have been sent in at least by the time
the pups are a month old.)
An up-to-date record of inoculations and
a veterinarian's certificate of good health
which is dated within the last 10 to 14 days
should be available also.
A copy of the pups' evaluation(s) on structure,
temperment etc. if such evaluations were done
on the litter.
A "puppy packet" for you with the above
paperwork plus feeding suggestions and vaccination
Newly purchased dogs should be examined
by your veterinarian within 48 hours of purchase.
Trust your intuition when buying a puppy.
If things do not seem "right" after you have asked
questions, it is best to look elsewhere for your
If you have any questions about what the breeder
is or is not providing, free feel to contact the
FSSA breeder referral representatives, preferably
before you give the breeder any money and/or make
a commitment to buy.
You might find these web sites helpful when
looking to buy a puppy: