So why are we promoting a breed register for Sprockers?
Cockers and springers share the same ancestry, for both are descended from the land spaniel. It was once possible
to breed both cockers and springers from the same litter, as the bigger animals were called springers, the smaller
one’s cockers. The dividing line was a height of 21in at the shoulder. Selective breeding, and mating similar dogs
with each other, resulted in the two breeds we know today. The Sprocker is not a mongrel or a cross breed. It is a
100 percent pure Spaniel
However, the Kennel Club doesn’t recognise the Sprocker as an official breed, so it’s barred from entering any
tests or trials held under KC rules. This infuriates many owners, convinced that their dogs could hold their own
against springers or cockers in competition. There has been (and still is) a growing campaign to give Sprockers the
recognition they deserve. In this case it is not about the Kennel club recognising the Sprocker as a breed but simply
wanting it to be acknowledged as a Spaniel so it falls under the umbrella of AV (any variety) so they can compete
against other Spaniels. Which seems fair….
However, this is highly unlikely (take that as an understatement bar none). Because Sprockers are not an official
breed, the KC receives no revenue from registrations, so there’s no incentive for what would be a major rule change.
In addition, owners of English springers or cockers might not be too happy about their dogs being beaten by
Another point from the Kennel Club is about attaining a breed standard which they feel would be impossible to
attain given the eclectic nature of the Sprockers heritage. The fact we love the diversity that a Sprocker can look
like works against him being able to be labelled with a specific size and shape enabling them to be a standard or a
perfectly formed example of this particular type of dog.
The Kennel Club is also concerned that some unscrupulous breeders may be breeding these types of dog simply for
financial profit, rather than with the health and welfare of the dogs in mind. This can mean that they will mass
produce puppies to meet the latest trend and will sell them on to people who are buying the dog as a fad rather than
based on an educated decision about what is right for them. Buying a dog is a lifetime commitment and they should not
be purchased on a whim or to go along with the latest fashion.
The Kennel Club is further concerned that the crossing of these breeds may result in health problems if the breeder
is more interested in making money than about welfare. Any responsible breeder will undertake health tests prior to
breeding a litter and this should apply just as much to a crossbreed as to a purebred dog.
So where does this leave us? We are here to celebrate the Sprocker with its own breed register. We are here to join
paws together and show a united front. We wish to showcase our dogs in the best possible light. And why not?
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