CODE OF ETHICS
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Code of Ethics
Each breeder in the Genesee Valley Kennel Club
Breeders Guide has an obligation to protect the interest of his breed by
conducting himself in a manner designed to reflect credit on himself, on the
Genesee Valley Kennel Club and on the sport of raising AKC purebred dogs.
Each breeder who contemplates breeding a litter,
or who allows the use of his stud dog to the same end shall direct his
efforts towards producing dogs of exceptional quality, temperament and
No breeder shall malign his competition by
making false or misleading statements regarding his competitor's dogs,
breeding practice or person.
No breeder shall breed solely of money or
No breeder shall engage in false or misleading
advertising or misrepresentation of his breed. All breeding stock shall be
It is considered unethical for any breeder to
sell dogs to any pet shop, or any wholesale dealer in dogs, or to knowingly
sell to any breeder who sells to pet shops or in any way aid or abet the
sale of any dog through a pet shop or lottery.
A reputable breeder will maintain the best
possible standards of health and care of his kennels.
A responsible breeder makes oneself available to
buyers to educate, encourage and help with ongoing needs.
A responsible breeder maintains contact with
buyers over the life of the dog to ensure its placement, well-being and
Responsibilities of the Breeder
Is familiar with his breed standard and breeds
only those specimens which conform to it.
Is familiar with AKC rules concerning record
keeping, registration and sale and transfer of dogs and abides by these
Uses for breeding only dogs which are of sound
temperament, healthy and free from serious congenital defects, such as
dysplasia, cataracts, blood diseases, etc.
Does not breed solely for money or income and
breeds only when he has the time to find suitable permanent homes so as not
to contribute to pet over-population.
Shall not breed bitches prior to physical
maturity nor as a general rule any more often than two out of three heats.
Agrees to take back the dog or otherwise place
it when the owner can no longer keep it, for whatever reason.
Works closely with one's specific breed rescue
to provide support, foster care and/or volunteer time.
Responsibilities of the Seller
Carefully interviews and apprises the buyer of
the growth potential and breed peculiarities to insure that placement of the
dog is mutually satisfactory.
Places all puppies fully protected (age
appropriate) will shots, wormed, dewclaws removed, tails docked, ears
cropped, etc. as necessary to the specific breed, unless otherwise agreed
Is willing to cover all sales by a written
contract listing conditions of sale, description of quality of dog, health,
and full description including a three-generation pedigree.
Requests that a newly purchased dog be examined
by buyer's veterinarian (at buyer's expense) within 48 hours of sale. If the
dog is to be returned to seller, a written health record with reasons for
return must be furnished by examining veterinarian within 48 hour period.
Provides registration papers with each dog
unless reasons for not providing papers (such as spay/neuter) are clearly
stated in sales contract.
Responsibilities of the Stud Owner
Shall make every effort to apprise owner of the
bitch of the responsibilities involved in raising and proper care and
placement of puppies resulting from this breeding.
Shall not offer at stud a dog showing a serious
inherited defect which is characteristic in the breed, structure, or
temperament. Likewise, owners of stud dogs shall not accept for breeding a
bitch, the reproduction of which is likely to be detrimental to the breed.
Shall not breed to a bitch that is not
physically mature nor, as a general rule, has been bred more often than two
out of three heats.