ASCUK Code of Ethics (amended April 2011)

Current Code of Ethics

All members of the Australian Shepherd Club of the UK undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
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 who performs 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 operations 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.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Cluband/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.
Additional annexe to the KC Code of Ethics

A. Members should feel that they can voice their opinions, but should refrain from any unsportsmanlike
behaviour or unnecessary criticism of other members, their dogs and their breeding.

B. Health screening :

i) Hip Scoring - All breeding stock to be mandatorily hip scored (and only be bred from with a score of 16 or under)

ii) Eye testing – All breeding stock should have a current clear eye certificate before the mating takes place.

iii) CEA & PRA - It is also strongly recommended that breeding stock are tested for CEA & PRA (trying to select clear dogs where possible).

iv) HSF4 – It is strongly recommended that breeding stock are tested for HSF4. It is recommended that those carrying 1 or 2 copies of the Allele should not to be bred from.

v) Cobalamine Malabsorption and Pelger Huet - Where possible breeding stock should be tested for these conditions. These tests should be carried out and their status made known, test documentation available and explained fully to potential puppy owners.

vi) MDR1 - It is recommended that all dogs are tested for MDR1 whether breeding or not, and a leaflet with a list of drugs that could cause potential problems should be given to puppy owners.

C. Breeders must keep truthful records of matings, resulting puppies, pedigrees and sales of all litters for a
minimum period of 5 years.

D. Breeders will provide all new puppy owners with a contract of sale which should be fully explained by the
breeder before being signed by both parties. Any offspring that is sold to pet homes/unsuitable for breeding
should be issued with a “non-breeding contract” with all endorsements on the pedigree being fully explained.

E. Bitches under the age of 2 years or over the age of 8 years should not be bred from. Dogs should also not be
used in a breeding programme until after the age of 2 years.

F. Merle to merle matings should not be undertaken by any ASCUK breeder.

G. Breeding stock should be chosen with the aim of producing healthy and sound dogs that will be a credit to the
breed. Dogs and bitches should be of sound temperament with no tendency for nervousness or aggression.

H. No Natural Bob Tail x Natural Bob Tail matings should be undertaken by any ASCUK breeder.


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