Fox River Field Spaniel Club
Fox River Field Spaniel Club offers four types of Membership.
The following types of membership two of which are open to all persons 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this FRFSC.
INDIVIDUAL membership. Open to persons eighteen years of age and older who enjoy all the privileges of the FRFSC, including the right to vote and hold office.
HOUSEHOLD membership. Open to two persons eighteen years of age and older who reside in the same household. Each member is entitled to a vote and to hold office.
ASSOCIATE INDIVIDUAL membership. Open to persons residing outside of the club’s general territory by a distance of more than 50 miles. Associate members are not eligible to vote or hold office.
ASSOCIATE HOUSEHOLD membership. Open to two persons eighteen years of age and older who reside in the same household residing outside of the club’s general territory by a distance of more than 50 miles. Associate members are not eligible to vote or hold office.
JUNIOR membership. Open to persons 10 through 17 years of age. Junior members cannot vote or hold office. A junior member can convert to individual or household membership upon reaching their 18th birthday.
All applications are filed with the Secretary and each application will be read at the first meeting of the FRFSC following its receipt. At the next FRFSC meeting the application will be voted upon and affirmative votes of ⅔ of the members present and voting by secret ballot at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant.
Dues for members voted into membership between June 30 and before October 31 shall be ½ of the regular annual dues.
For members voted into membership after October 31, full dues will be paid and applied as payment of the following club year dues.
FOX RIVER FIELD SPANIEL CLUB (FRFSC)
ARTICLE I - Name and Objectives
SECTION 1. Name. The name of the club shall be the Fox River Field Spaniel Club, Incorporated. Hereafter referred to as the FRFSC.
SECTION 2. Objectives. The objectives of the FRFSC shall be to:
Encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Field Spaniels and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
Urge members to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Field Spaniels shall be judged;
Encourage Juniors to take an active role in the care and training of Field Spaniels, and to help promote juniors in becoming responsible citizens within their communities;
Do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the breed and to encourage an atmosphere of sportsmanlike competition at dogs shows, obedience trials and other performance events; and
Conduct sanctioned matches and licensed specialty shows, obedience trials and other performance events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
SECTION 3. Status. The FRFSC shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the FRFSC shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
SECTION 4. Revisions. The members of the FRFSC shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objectives.
Canon of Ethics
All members of the FRFSC have an obligation to protect the interests of their breed and their club.
No member shall engage in misleading or false advertising, nor malign or give false statements regarding their competitor's dogs, breeding practices or person.
Any member, who contemplates breeding a litter or allows the use of their stud dog to the same purpose, will make every effort to produce exceptional quality and temperaments.
Responsibilities as a Breeder: Breeders shall: Be familiar with the breed standard and only breed animals that conform to the standard.
Breed only healthy and mature animals that are at least approximately 24 months of age. The sire/dam should be free from serious congenital and hereditary defects as determined by radiographic examination of hips and ACVO examination of eyes. Elbows, thyroid and the heart may also be checked. Full disclosure and documentation of the results of such testing and any other health issues shall be made available not only to the owners of the sire /dam prior to the breeding but also to the buyer prior to any placement of the puppies.
Maintain the best possible health and sanitary conditions for their animals.
Produce puppies only when they have the time and proper facilities to provide adequate care and attention to the physical and psychological development of the puppies until such time as they are sold.
Only permit stud service or lease a stud for service to bitches or individuals that provide satisfactory evidence they will give proper care, and who subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the FRFSC.
Promote the spaying and neutering, preferably by limited registration or by written contract, of animals not suitable for breeding.
Provide to buyers, in writing, details on feeding, care and veterinary information on immunizations, worming and any other information pertinent to the animal's health. A health certificate by a licensed veterinarian shall be done preferably within 14 or less days of the sale or placement of the animal. Eye checks should be done no sooner than approximately 8 weeks of age and preferably before 12 weeks of age. Puppies should be at approximately 56 days of age prior to sale or placement.
Make themselves available in person, by telephone, e-mail or letter to answer questions about the animal sold and its care.
Be willing and available to serve as mentors for new owners who are interested in Exhibiting and/or doing performance activities with their field spaniels.
Not sell or produce for sale or consign puppies or adult dogs to any auction, dealer, laboratory or pet shop or as giveaway prizes.
Abide by all American Kennel Club rules and regulations pertaining to breeding and record keeping.
Acknowledge a responsibility for each dog they have bred for the entire life of the dog.
Responsibilities as an Exhibitor and/or Handler: Exhibitors and/or Handlers shall:
Act in a professional manner at all times in the care and exhibiting of their dogs.
Strive to ensure that their public behavior demonstrates good sportsmanship and does not reflect poorly on the FRFSC.
Not engage in any questionable contact with judges prior to exhibiting under them.
Familiarize themselves with the American Kennel Club rules and regulations pertaining to dog shows, obedience trials and any other performance events.