General Code of Ethics

Including additional paragraphs B 8a) to B 8c) inclusive, approved by Members at the Annual General Meeting on 31 March 2018, and accepted by the Kennel Club on 3 May 2018: (new text underlined). 

All members of The Border Terrier Club undertake to abide by its General Code of Ethics

A) Club members (Kennel Club Mandatory 14 paragraphs):

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 Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

KC/GJ September 2008 

Additional clauses for Border Terrier Club members (approved by The Kennel Club):

For the purposes of this document the term 'Breeder' is defined as any Border Terrier Club member who owns bitches or stud dogs, which produce one or more litters. Breeders should abide by this Code of Ethics with regard to everything associated with breeding and any resulting offspring; this includes both the owner of the bitch and the stud dog.

B) Breeding

It is not necessarily beneficial to her well being for a bitch to produce a litter and in some circumstances, may be deleterious to her health. Contrary to popular belief, if she has had false pregnancies, breeding from her will not cure that for the future.

1) Members will, when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme. It is recommended that members who breed dogs should consider applying to join the scheme.  

2) It is recommended that only animals that are healthy, of good temperament and free from known inheritable defects should be bred from.

3) It is recommended that Breeders do not breed from a bitch on consecutive seasons. A bitch under 12 months old and over 8 years old must not be bred from.

4) Stud dog owners shall give the bitch owner an accurately completed Kennel Club form at the time of mating. If no puppies result from the mating a free repeat mating at a later date may be given at the discretion of the stud dog owner. The stud fee is paid for the stud service, not for the resulting puppies. Decisions about Stud services should be mutually agreed between stud dog owner and the brood bitch owner, preferably in writing.

5) Members should not mate a bitch to more than one stud dog during a single heat period. If a misalliance occurs and the sire of the puppies is inconclusive, DNA testing of all resultant progeny and the prospective sires and the dam is recommended, in order to verify the parentage of the puppies before registration at the Kennel Club.

6) Stud dog owners should satisfy themselves that the owner of the bitch is fully aware of the contents of this Code of Ethics and intends to comply with this Code, before accepting a bitch for mating to their dog. The stud dog owner should ensure that the owner of the bitch has a copy of this Code of Ethics and that they intend to pass it on to the buyers of the resultant puppies.

7) Members who breed a litter should ensure they have the time and resources to rear the litter correctly, making sure they are well fed, housed and socialised before leaving for their new homes, also ensuring that they are free from parasites such as worms and fleas. Regular worming should be carried out with the appropriate brand of wormer, usually two or three times before the puppies leave their breeder if leaving around 8 weeks and advice should be given to the new owner on worming and other preparations necessary to keep them free from parasites.

8) Members will:
a) Ensure that all of their dogs to be used for breeding undergo all health screening tests recommended from time to time by the Border Terrier Breed Health Group (BHG).

b) When such tests become officially recognised by the Kennel Club they will be automatically reported in KC publications and on the KC website. Until such time as the tests are officially KC recognised, all such results should be reported to the Breed Health Co-ordinator and permission should be given for them to be published on the BHG Website and any officially published club register.

c) When breeding dogs, use the test results in accordance with breeding recommendations published on the BHG Website.

C) Sale & Placement

1) It is advisable that puppies should not normally leave for their new homes until around 8 weeks of age (when, if advised by the breeder's veterinary surgeon, they may already have had their 1st injection). On no account should puppies leave the breeder's premises before they are 7 weeks old.

2) Breeders should consider obtaining a Health Certificate for each puppy or adult, from their own veterinary surgeon, before the puppy or adult is offered to a new home.

3) In addition to supplying details of dietary requirements etc as specified in paragraph A) 11 above, it is recommended that the breeder give a small supply of the food being used to the new owner, when parting with the puppy and that advice be given not to change the puppies diet for a considerable length of time, as a dietary change in the early days in a new home may upset the digestive system of the puppy.

4) If Kennel Club registration papers are not available when a dog leaves it's breeder and/or owner, the member should ensure that information is given to the new owners, including the Kennel Club names and registration numbers of the sire and dam, the date the application form for the registration was or will be forwarded to the Kennel Club (if appropriate) and a pedigree showing the extended family of the dog, for example a 3 or 5 generation pedigree certificate signed by the breeder. Members should also give the purchasers a copy of this Code of Ethics.

5) If for whatever reason, a puppy is being sold without Kennel Club Registration papers, this should be made apparent to the new owners when the puppy goes to its new home, preferably in writing, and the purchaser should be advised of the reason/s for withholding the registration papers.

6) Members should impress upon buyers that they should contact the breeder and/or the member in the event of a problem with their Border Terrier and should make a genuine effort to be of assistance to buyers if a problem arises.

7) Members should ensure when people visit to see puppies, that they are shown the dam with the puppies.

8) Members should screen prospective owners and advise them of the characteristics of the Border Terrier.

9) In this document, all references to puppies should also be taken, where appropriate, to apply to any adult dogs which are sold or re-homed.

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.

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