FSSA Annual Award Certificate Program

Annual Award Certificates & Plaques

FSSA members who earn an AKC conformation or performance title with their Field Spaniel are awarded a certificate of achievement annually. These certificates are issued based on the titles published in the AKC titles database and there is no need for individual application for this award.

Certificates are also issued for Field Spaniels who earn a WD or WDX in the FSSA working dog program. One certificate is issued per dog. Where there is a tie among FSSA members for Top Breeder, one certificate is issued per breeder. Additional certificates for co-owners may be purchased.

Plaques are issued for specific AKC titling achievements to include: Obedience Trial Champion, Master Hunter, Champion Tracker, and Master Agility Champion. One plaque is issued per dog. Additional plaques for co-owners may be purchased.

Certificates and plaques are issued for the following achievements within a calendar year, January 1st through December 31st. These awards are issued based on the titles published in the AKC titles database and there is no need for individual application for this award. Plaques are awarded to the “top” in each of the following categories. Additional plaques for co-owners may be purchased.

  • Top Breeder – Champions
  • Top Breeder – All AKC Titles
  • Top Sire – Champions
  • Top Sire – All AKC Titles
  • Top Dam – Champions
  • Top Dam – All AKC Titles
  • Top Show Dog – All Breed, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when gaining a group placement. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed in all breed competition. The listing of these dogs is obtained from AKC.
  • Top Show Dog – Within Breed, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when earning Best of Breed. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed for within breed competition. The listing of these dogs is obtained from AKC.
  • Top Obedience Dog – Delaney System, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when earning an obedience trial placement; rankings are published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
  • Top Obedience Dog – First & Foremost System, based on a point scale with points earned according to obedience class score; rankings are published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
  • Top Agility Dog – based on rankings published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
    Top Junior Handler – based on rankings published by www.BestJunior.com. Certificates are granted for juniors placing in the Top Ten while showing a Field Spaniel.

The timing of the distribution of awards is generally during the annual banquet of the FSSA held in conjunction with the annual national specialty show except in those years in which the timing of the specialty means that earlier distribution is preferable. During these years, the awards are mailed. Nicole Dooley Bunch nicholeamie@yahoo.com manages the annual award certificate program for the FSSA.