ACKCSC 2023 National Specialty



Congratulations to last year’s National Specialty Best of Breed Winner: Halfmoon N Cobb Rock It CA TS   (Ch Cobb’s Grand Performance x Cobb’s N Halfmoon Special Girl). Breeders: Lorraine K. Cobb & Jean Tremblay.  Owner: Jean Tremblay.

Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes along with Futurity will lead off the week of Conformation Judging. Regular and Non-Regular Class competition at the ACKCSC National Specialty spans three exciting days. A separate day for our Independent Specialty. Beautiful dogs, exciting competition, gorgeous rosettes and prizes are just a few of the things awaiting you in 2023.

National Specialty Conformation Judging:
Dates: Monday, May 1st – Thursday, May 4th
Monday: Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes + Futurity
Tuesday: Regular Dog classes + Veteran Dog classes 
Wednesday: Regular Bitch classes + Veteran Bitch classes
Thursday: Best of Breed + Stud Dog/Brood Bitch + Brace + National Owner Handler Series


Independent Specialty Conformation Judging: 
Date: Friday May 5th

Entries: BaRay Event Services BaRay Event

National Specialty Judge Alex Bubb, Wandris Cavaliers, England
Independent Specialty Judge Karen Paul, Leisureview Cavaliers, Australia



Nominations to the Futurity are open only to breeders who are active members, in good standing, of the ACKCSC.1  The Dam of the litter must be nominated prior to the date of whelping, and must be owned, co-owned or leased by an ACKCSC member.1 The owner(s) of any eligible puppy, or the owner(s) of the sire are not required to be members.

To be eligible to compete in the Futurity, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel must meet the following requirements: (1) Be from a litter whose Dam was properly and timely nominated; (2) be individually nominated before it reached the age of four months;  (3) Be properly entered in one of the regular classes of the National Specialty and Obedience Trial; (4) Was not bred by or at any time owned, co-owned, or leased by that year’s judge or a member of the judge’s immediate family; and (5) Neither the Dam nor Sire of the puppy were bred by or at any time owned, co-owned or leased by that year’s judge or member or the judge’s immediate family. 

 1Active members  in good standing of  a Regional Cavalier Club which is a Member of the ACKCSC (not all regional clubs are ACKCSC member clubs. For a list of member clubs click here, member clubs have the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club logo) will also meet the requirements of Membership for purposes of Futurity.

For more information, forms, and payment options, please visit the ACKCSC website at

Date: Monday, May 1st
Rules & Eligibility:
Committee Chair: Sandra Harrison  

Claire Parker, Athercroft Cavaliers, Tennessee, USA, Futurity

Sweepstakes is a wonderful competition for both the youngest and oldest of our Cavaliers. Puppy Sweeps and Veteran Sweeps will be offered at the 2023 ACKCSC National Specialty. Winning placements receive cash prizes based on entry. See premium list for more information.

Date: Monday, May 1st

Marianne Creary, Cempa Cavaliers, Canada, National Puppy and Veterans Sweepstakes

Junior Showmanship offers children 9 to 18 years of age the opportunity to compete with others their own age. Juniors are judged on how they present their dogs. Nationals Week offers two competition opportunities. Don’t forget to sign up for the Juniors Seminar and social activities. For more information, click here

National Specialty
Date:  Thursday, May 4th
Cost: Entry fees are waived for Junior Showmanship classes
Committee Chair: Lu Dunham


Independant Specialty
Date: Friday, May 5th
Cost: Entry fees are waived for Junior Showmanship classes
Committee Chair:  Lu Dunham

Junior Showmanship Judging Dr. Albert P. Bianchi , Independent Specialty, and Mrs. Liz Bianchi , National Specialty, Virginia