Who can join? How to join and what you get…
Membership is open to all Welsh Springer Spaniel enthusiasts wherever they live.
The Club is particularly active in the South Wales area.
- regular Club meetings
- a Championship Show
- two Open Shows
- two working tests and other field events
- a fun day
- various other social and educational activities
- an annual Newsletter
- a range of Club supplies
- advice with any Welsh Springer Spaniel problems.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A MEMBERSHIP FORM - complete the form and send it to the address shown on the form. The form also includes a Direct Debit mandate which is a much easier way to pay should you wish.
Annual Subscription Rates
- Single Membership: £4.00
- Joint Membership (partnership of 2): £6.00
- Junior Member (not over 18): £0.50
Pay with cash at any of our events or please make Cheques or P.O. payable to W.S.S.C.S.W.
Rule 1. Name and Objectives of the Club
The name of the Club shall be “Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of South Wales”. Its objectives shall be the promotion of the best quality and breeding for the exhibition and working of Welsh Springer Spaniels according to the breed standard as defined, published and approved by the Kennel Club, and to further the interests and progress of the breed In the Principality of Wales.
Rule 2. Officers and Committee
The Club shall consist of Patron, President, Vice-President, Chairman, Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Assistant Secretary and a Committee of eighteen members, together with an unlimited number of ordinary members and junior members, whose names and addresses shall be entered In a register and kept by the Secretary.
Junior members may attend General meetings but shall not be entitled to vote. Junior membership applies only to persons who have not attained the age of eighteen years.
Rule 3. Management
The management of the Club shall be in the hands of the Officers and Committee referred to in Rule 2. The Committee shall consist of eighteen members, of which six shall retire annually by rotation, but shall be eligible for re-location without further nomination. The Chairman. Secretary and Treasurer shall retire annually by rotation, but shall be eligible for re-elction without further nomination. The Committee shall hold such meetings as may be deemed necessary. Seven days notice thereof must be given by the Secretary.
Eight members shall form a quorum for the transaction of business. In the absence of the Chairman for any meeting, the Vice-Chairman will take the Chair for that meeting.
In the event of the vacancy of any Officer and/or Committee, the Committee shall have the power to elect any member to fill such a vacancy until the following Annual General Meeting.
In the equality of votes the Chairman shall have the casting vote but he/she will not cast an initial vote.
No individual who has been a member of the Club for less than one year may be elected onto the Committee.
The Committee may appoint such Sub-Committees as deemed necessary and may co-opt from among the fully paid up members of the Club. Co-opted members shall receive full voting rights. These Sub-Committees must report their proceedings to the Committee and must conduct their business according to the direction of the Committee.
Rule 4. Honorary Life Membership
The Annual General Meeting may elect any person or persons to be Honorary Life Members of the Club who, in the opinion of the meeting, are considered worthy of the distinction by virtue of their support, devotion and value to the breed.
Rule 5. Election of Officers
The election of Officers shall take place annually at the Annual General Meeting. Retiring Officers shall be eligible for re-election without further nomination.
Nominees, who must be fully paid up members, must be proposed and seconded and must consent to their nomination.
The nominations must be with the Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
No Officer of the Club may be elected without having served a minimum of two years on the Committee.
Vice-Presidents are not ex-officio members of the General Committee. They shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. They shall retire annually and shall be eligible for re-election without further nomination.
No person whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club Registered Society.
Rule 6. Election of Members
Candidates for membership of the Club shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another and elected by or balloted for, by the Committee at one of their meetings. In the case of joint members, both will have full voting rights, upon acceptance of membership and upon payment of subscription.
Voting shall be by secret ballot or by show of hands as decided by majority at the meeting. Postal/proxy votes are not allowed. Voting rights of Junior members are as stated in Rule 2.
The Club must send a list of members and their addresses to the Kennel Club with the annual returns and, if so requested, make an up to date list of members available for inspection, if so requested, by the members of the Club or by the Kennel Club.
Rule 7. Subscriptions
The annual subscription shall be such amount as agreed by members in general meeting and notified to the Kennel Club. The subscription is payable to the Honorary Treasurer on 1st. January each year. No member whose subscription is unpaid shall be entitled to any of the privileges of membership and if the member shall fail to pay outstanding subscriptions by 1st. March, the Committee shall have the power to erase his/her name from the register but if the Committee shall subsequently receive a satisfactory explanation the member may, at the discretion of the Committee, and upon payment of arrears, be re-admitted to the register.
Rule 8. Club Property
The property of the Club, Including all cups and trophies, shall be vested in the Committee. Intending donors of challenge cups and trophies shall be requested to acknowledge that a gift is made outright to the Club.
In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, a general meeting shall be called to decide the disposal of the Club's assets and the outcome of the meeting notified to the Kennel Club.
Rule 9. Expulsion of Members
Any member who shall be suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j(4) and/or any member whose dog/s is/are disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42j(8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Club for the duration of the suspension and/or disqualification.
If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Club, be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Club, the Committee of the Club may, at a meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Club shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused member giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the meeting, that he/she may attend and offer an explanation.
If at the meeting a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of members and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the Club. Except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of such meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition as the Kennel Club may impose.
Rule 10. General Business and Meetings
The Annual General Meeting shall be held after January 31st, but before March 31st, for the following purpose” to receive the report of the Committee and balance sheet, to elect Officers and Committee
WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUBS' CODE OF ETHICS
It is a Kennel Club requirement that all Breed Clubs produce a “Code of Ethics” for each breed. Delegates from all four Welsh Springer Spaniel Clubs met and agreed the following new “merged” Code. This Code was subsequently put before the AGM for approval.
Club Members -
1) Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
2) Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.
3) Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
4) Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5) Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
6) Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
7) Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
8) Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
9) Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
10) Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
11) Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
12) Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
13) Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14) Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Breeders’ Code of Ethics
15) Before breeding a litter serious and equal consideration should be given to type, temperament, health and soundness. In the choice of breeding stock it should always be borne in mind that aggression and nervousness form no part of the Welsh Springer Spaniel’s temperament and character.
16) No bitch should be required to have more than four litters and no bitch should be bred from at successive seasons, unless a period of time of more than twelve months has elapsed between each season or a period of 12 months has elapsed between each litter. No bitch should be mated before the age of two years (preferably three), nor if the bitch will have reached the age of eight years at the date of whelping, unless permission has been given by the Kennel Club. Before a bitch is mated due regard should be given to her general condition and fitness and, in the case of second or subsequent litters, her previous breeding history (including ease of whelping).
17) All breeding should be aimed at the improvement of the breed. Members should do everything in their power to discourage breeding from clearly inferior specimens and those members who own stud dogs should refuse stud services to such specimens. It is recommended that all animals, particularly those to be bred from, should be tested for all current health issues.
18) The Club and the Joint Health Group maintain that a breeder/stud dog owner, having bred a litter that has produced a fitting animal, where the condition, after tests, is deemed to be idiopathic (primary) epilepsy, should not breed from the sire/dam again. The failure of the breeder/stud dog owner to adhere to this rule shall be considered a breech of the Clubs’ Code of Ethics and will be dealt with accordingly and may result in membership being withdrawn. This rule may be rescinded should a test for carrier animals become available.
19) No member should breed a litter unless they have the time and facilities to devote proper care and attention to the rearing of the puppies and to the well being of the dam, and no member should provide stud services unless they are fully satisfied that the owner of the bitch has such time and facilities.
20) No member should breed a litter unless they are reasonably sure of finding good homes for the puppies. No puppies should leave the breeder before the age of seven weeks (preferably eight).
21) No puppies should be exported before they are fully inoculated or before the age of three months unless they are travelling in the personal care of the purchaser or his known representatives. Puppies should never be sold to countries where they are not protected by anti-cruelty laws. (If in doubt consult DEFRA or the Kennel Club).
22) Prospective buyers of puppies should be carefully screened for suitability and should be fully advised of the characteristics of the Welsh Springer Spaniel as a breed, stressing the necessity for care, grooming and ample exercise. Puppies should not be sold to homes where they will be left on their own all day.
23) No puppy which has any known physical defect should be sold without the buyer being made fully aware of such defect and its possible consequences. Members should only sell puppies which, to the best of their knowledge and belief, are in good health at the time of sale.
24) Each purchaser of a Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy should be provided at the time of sale with a pedigree, information about training, worming, inoculations and details of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Clubs. No puppy that is of unregistered or partly unregistered parentage should be sold without the buyer being made aware that they will be unable to register it on the Kennel Club register.
25) Breeders should also be prepared, if the home proves unsuitable and the buyer wishes to return the dog, that they must share the responsibility for this occurrence, albeit an infrequent one, and allow such an animal to be returned or provide assistance with rehoming if necessary.
26) Offices and Committee Members of the Club are always ready and willing to do their best to help members with any queries or problems
27) From time to time it may become necessary for the Club Committees or the Joint Health Group, supported by professional advice, to seek the assistance and co-operation of breeders in eradicating hereditary complaints/illnesses. It is expected that in such an event breeders will co-operate fully with the Committees/Joint Health Group by providing such support and/or information as may be requested.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.