Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club Code of Ethics

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GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP

GENERAL:

  1. Every member of the Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club is charged with the responsibility to uphold, promote and practice the principles set forth in this outline.
  2. When involved in breeding, exhibiting, selling and advertising of the Bouvier des Flandres, every member shall promote the advancement of the breed and refrain from actions which would not be in the best interests of the breed and/or the Club.
  3. It being the determination of the Club that O.F.A. or O.V.C. Certification may lead to the betterment of the breed, it is recommended that the members x-ray hips and have breeding stock certified through the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (O.F.A.) or the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (O.V.C.).

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BREEDER:

  1. A member shall not under ANY circumstances breed any unregistered dog.
  2. Every breeding undertaken shall be done from the standpoint of bettering the breed; therefore, all unworthy dogs and bitches must not be considered. Great care should be exercised in evaluating a dog or bitch for breeding purposes.
  3. Breed only dogs and bitches in excellent health.
  4. Breed only dogs and bitches free from communicable diseases, such as canine brucellosis and genital infections.
  5. Breed only dogs and bitches free from internal and external parasites.
  6. Breed to only one male in each heat.
  7. No bitch shall be bred more often than two out of three heat seasons ( an then only if in excellent health), and never at her first heat unless this occurs after 16 months. After a bitch is 6 years old, her owner seeks the opinion of a veterinarian regarding her health for breeding.
  8. It shall be the breeder's responsibility to cull, spay, neuter, or sell on a Non-Breeding Contract (C.K.C. Form No. 201) animals that fail to meet his/her standard for breeding.
  9. In selecting a suitable stud or bitch, one must know the pedigree for at least three generations and personally scrutinize the proposed mate's virtues and faults in a conscientious effort to effect the betterment of the breed.
  10. It is recommended that the stud agreement or contract be stated clearly in writing (A sample can be obtained by writing the Club Secretary).
  11. The breeder shall be familiar with the C.K.C. rules governing registration, sales and transfers of dogs, and abide by these rules and regulations.
  12. The ethical breeder does not wholesale litters or sell stock to such places as pet dealers, catalog houses, or other source of commercial distribution; nor does he/she engage in overbreeding of stock for profit, with no regard for quality or health.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELLER:

  1. To the best of the breeder/seller's knowledge all Bouviers sold shall be free from communicable diseases. No adult or puppy shall be sold without adequate immunization against disease in terms of its age.
  2. The breeder/seller shall only sell healthy dogs/puppies, well started with adequate feeding, supplements and care.
  3. All puppies shall be sold with properly docked tails and dew claws removed.
  4. No dog or puppy shall be sold who has a known temperament problem or who has internal or external parasites.
  5. At the time of sale the seller will supply the buyer with an adequate description on feeding, health care, training and grooming, as well as medical records indicating date of vaccinations and medication used.
  6. The seller shall use the Non-Breeding Contract whenever he has to sell a dog that should not be reproduced and also encourage the buyer to have the animal spayed or neutered.
  7. The seller shall register all dogs/puppies sold as soon as possible after sale with the Canadian Kennel Club (C.K.C.) and to mail the registration certificate to the buyer as soon as received from the C.K.C.
  8. The seller shall not misrepresent a Pet Quality dog or bitch as a Show Quality Prospect.
  9. No registration is to be sold separately from the dog.
  10. The ethical breeder or owner only sells a dog or puppy to another individual after he/she has sincerely attempted to ascertain that the dog/puppy will be given proper care and attention.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EXHIBITOR:

  1. Members shall encourage and aid in the exhibiting of worthwhile specimens of Bouviers in conformation, obedience and working dog trials, and other competitions in an effort to better the breed.
  2. Members will follow the C.K.C. rules concerning the entering and showing of purebred dogs.
  3. Members will always present dogs in the show ring clean and properly groomed. Any change of appearance by artificial means other than tail docking, ear cropping, and dew claw removal is strictly forbidden.
  4. Members will be responsible for the appearance and conduct of their dogs at all times.
  5. Members will conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner in and out of the ring.

ADVERTISING:

  1. All advertising must be factual and free from misleading statements and misrepresentation.
  2. Members shall not willfully make untrue statements about the stock of other members with the intent to maliciously destroy or harm the representation of a member/breeder/seller/exhibitor.

INFRACTIONS:

  1. Flagrant violations or infractions of The Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club Code of Ethics are to be brought, in writing, to the attention of The Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club, Board of Directors, and dealt with in the manner prescribed by The Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club Constitution and Bylaws.