Code of Ethics

All members should:

  • Maintain the best possible standards of health, cleanliness, safety and care of their animals.
  • Display good sportsmanship and conduct, whether at home, at shows, or in hotels, in such a manner as to reflect credit upon themselves and the BRC
  • Bear the responsibility for the truth and accuracy of any information and/or photographs submitted for publication.
  • Not wholesale litters of animals, sell to Brokers or Pet Shops, provide any animal for prize or raffle purposes; nor use a Stud Dog in like manner.
  • Keep all puppies with the litter until at least 7 or 8 weeks of age.
  • Sell animals in good condition, health and sound temperament at time of delivery. They shall be free of internal parasites to the best knowledge of the seller; will have received the necessary inoculations to date; a record of dates and types of immunizations will be given; and a health certificate provided if required. Written instructions on the feeding, health care, training and any other information necessary for the dog’s well-being (e.g. ear crop care) will be made available after the sale to assist the new owner.
  • Provide the buyer with copies of all pre-screenings done on both parents to assure the buyer that every possible effort has been made to produce puppies free of hereditary problems.
  • As a condition of sale or placement, the breeder shall retain the right of first refusal should the purchaser ever decide to transfer ownership or resell the dog, therefore giving the seller every opportunity to help the purchaser find a new home for the dog if necessary.
  • Breeders will do everything possible to ensure no animals bred by them ends up in a shelter or rescue, or if notified, will work quickly to remove the animal from shelter/rescue.
  • Provide and honor all contracts regarding sales, co-ownerships, breeding rights, agreements, compensation for future puppies, leasing a bitch, stud service, etc.
  • It is also encouraged that any and all technology available be used to screen all animals to be used for breeding, according to known problems within the breed (e.g. OFA, cardiac check, thyroid check, vWD, PRA, etc.).
  • Refrain from further use of a animals for breeding if the dog or bitch has produced any offspring with serious inherited defects detrimental to an animal’s well being (physically or mentally), and has produced like results with a different mating partner.
  • A written Stud Contract be used which specifies all conditions of the breeding and a color marked pedigree be provided by both parties.
  • A stud dog should be a year or more of age before breeding and a bitch not less than 18 months.