EASTERN BEARDED COLLIE ASSOCIATION
GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of the Eastern Bearded Collie Association undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- All breeding should be aimed at
improving the breed and this should be
observed by owners of stud dogs and owners of brood bitches.
- 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.
- The recommended minimum age for
the sale or transfer of puppies to their new homes is seven (7) weeks.
- 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
- Puppies should not be exported
to countries where they are not protected by anti-cruelty laws.
- Puppies should not be sold to
laboratories, pet shops, dealers in dogs or to any person known to sell to such
- 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.
- No puppy for which a firm
booking has been obtained from one person should be sold to another without
first obtaining a definite cancellation.
- 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.
- 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.
- It is expected that
advertisements by members should be factual.
Misleading statements and exaggerations or an unfounded implication of
superiority should not be used.
- 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
Updated February 2012
Kennel Club Requirements
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.