Code of Ethics



All members of the Eastern Bearded Collie Association undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.


  1. When planning a litter consideration should be given to temperament, type, health and general physical characteristics. Nervous or aggressive dogs should not be bred from.


  2. Indiscriminate breeding from stock not tested for inheritade abnormalities, such as Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, etc, should be avoided.  For example it is unwise to breed from any animal whose hips have not been X-Rayed and scored by the K.C./B.V.A Hip Dysplasia Panel.  Equally no breeding stock should be used that exhibits serious deviations from the Bearded Collie Standard.


  3. The Association advises the owner of any Bearded Collie who exhibits such inherited defects, as stated in 2 above, to inform the Breeder who, in turn, should inform the owner of the stud dog concerned.


  4. The Association believes that no Bearded Collie bitch should be bred from until she is fully mature. The age of maturity is variable but, as a guide, approximately two (2) years should be the minimum.  The maximum age we recommend for a bitch to have a litter is seven (7) years.  No bitch should be bred from every season.


  5. All breeding should be aimed at improving the breed and this should  be observed by owners of stud dogs and owners of brood bitches.


  6. No member shall breed a litter unless they are able to devote proper care and attention to the welfare of both the puppies and the dam.  Owners of stud dogs should ensure that stud service is only made available to breeders who satisfy the above requirement. Moreover breeders should be both willing and able to re-home any of their dogs/bitches progeny and be prepared to give assistance and advice in case of problems, always impressing on the new owner that this service is available.


  7. The recommended minimum age for the sale or transfer of puppies to their new homes is seven (7) weeks.


  8. Puppies should not normally be exported unless they are fully inoculated and have reached the age of three (3) months.  Exceptions to this are possible e.g. if the owner or his known representative are travelling with the puppy


  9. Puppies should not be exported to countries where they are not protected by anti-cruelty laws.


  10. Puppies should not be sold to laboratories, pet shops, dealers in dogs or to any person known to sell to such establishments.


  11. Prospective buyers of puppies should be screened for suitability and should be advised of the characteristics of the Bearded Collie as a breed, with the need for grooming and exercise.  Puppies should not be sold to homes where they will be unsupervised for long hours during the day.  Buyers should also be shown an adult specimen of the breed in its normal habitat in order to appreciate its characteristics and size when fully grown.


  12. No puppy for which a firm booking has been obtained from one person should be sold to another without first obtaining a definite cancellation.


  13. If any puppy which has a known defect, such as mismarking, any serious departure from the standard or any health problem, is sold, the buyer should be made fully aware of such defects and their possible consequences.


  14. Information, such a pedigree, diet sheet, worming KC registration forms (if available) and grooming instructions should be supplied at the time of sale or transfer.


  15. It is expected that advertisements by members should be factual.  Misleading statements and exaggerations or an unfounded implication of superiority should not be used.


  16. Members of the Eastern Bearded Collie Association contravening this Code of Ethics for Breeders may be asked by the Committee to explain their behavior.  The Committee reserves the right to take such action as deemed necessary.






Updated February 2012

Kennel Club Requirements

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.

15) Will when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum standard the principals, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme. It is recommended that members who breed should apply to join the scheme.

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.