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The English Springer Spaniel
Getting a Dog
Guidelines for Responsible Breeders
Breeder Referral Information

Welcome to ESSFTA

The ESSFTA is comprised of and dedicated to people who love English Springer Spaniels. This web site aims to provide you with current and accurate information about this wonderful, versatile breed.

By designating the ESSFTA the ‘parent club’ of the breed, the AKC recognizes us as the national organization solely sanctioned to steward the ESS breed standard and rules for ESS-only performance events in the United States.

Over the last century, English Springer Spaniel breeders have focused their efforts on either conformation or field work. This has caused the breed to evolve into two distinct ‘varieties’ – field and bench. Both ‘varieties’, however, when properly bred, can represent the breed very well, but it behooves the potential buyer to familiarize him or herself with the spectrum of choices to insure that one obtains the English Springer spaniel that will best meet his or her needs and expectations.

Latest From ESSFTA


Congratulations to Jim Keller!

For handling the first AND second place dogs at the 2014 National Open Championship, as well as handling the 2014 National Open High Point dog, NAFC FC AFC CNAFC CFC CAFC Flushingwing Annie, and winning the Hogan Award as the …


2015 Bird Dog Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees: Mr. John Isaacs FC AFC CFC Ru-Char’s Jr. Regent The Induction Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on February 7, 2015 at the Bird Dog Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, …