Breeders Code of Ethics
All breeders listed in the AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory and
who offer puppies for sale or adult dogs for sale to the public, are currently
being asked to agree to the following Code of Ethics and to be bound by its
standard of behavior. Failure to comply will result in
removal from our Breeders Directory.
I will provide information on the characteristics and properties of the
breed to interested individuals.
I will maintain a safe, clean and sanitary facility for all stud dogs,
bitches, adult dogs for sale and puppies for sale.
I will breed only for the purpose of improving the quality of the breed. I
will conscientiously plan each litter of puppies for sale, selecting a stud
dog and bitch to be mated based on their pedigrees, conformation and
I will be knowledgeable about inherited health problems in my breed and
will do appropriate health clearances on all breeding animals. Copies of
these health clearances will be available to buyers of adult dogs for sale
and puppies for sale.
I will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, nor
falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the performance of any
dogs for sale or puppies for sale.
I will not breed any male or female until they are both physically and
mentally mature, and I will not continue to breed any male or female beyond
an appropriate age for the breed.
I will comply with all federal, state or provincial and local government
laws and regulations concerning the keeping of dogs.
I will provide only AKC, UKC FCI or Canadian Kennel Club (in Canada)
registered puppies for sale.
I will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least eight (8)
I will show discrimination in the sale of my puppies and be concerned with
the type of homes in which they are placed. I will make buyers aware of
their responsibilities as dog owners. I will not sell or donate dogs to
commercial dog wholesalers, dealers, brokers, retailers, pet shops or any
other person or organization, for resale or "give-away" to the
public. I will not supply puppies for charity raffles or auctions.
I will keep accurate records and retain those records for a minimum of
five years. These records will include: stud service contracts, pedigrees,
all litters of puppies for sale, and all dogs/puppies sold.
At time of sale, I will provide the buyer:
a properly executed Registration Certificate. Registration materials
may be withheld if a written statement is provided to the new owner of
when, and under what conditions, they will be provided (e.g. until the
time of spay or neuter by the new owner as verified by a veterinarian,
or if a written certification identifying the exact date of birth, and
the AKC registration numbers of the Sire and Dam is provided instead).
written, three-generation pedigree.
health record including a diet, inoculation and parasite control
record, and health guarantee.
basic diet and care information.
time frame during which the puppy or dog may be examined by a licensed
veterinarian, at the buyer's expense, and, upon written recommendation
of the veterinarian for specific reasons, the puppy or dog may be
retuned to the seller for a full refund of all money paid.
I will not deliberately degrade any fancier, their dogs, or their kennel.
I agree to be a resource for buyers of puppies or older dogs that I have
sold for the life of the dog.
All breeders in AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory are currently being
asked to agree to the above Code of Ethics and to be bound by its standard of
To review the Code of Ethics for specific breed clubs, you'll find their web
sites by visiting www.akc.org
for American Kennel Club recognized breeds, www.ukcdogs.com
for United Kennel Club recognized breeds and www.ckc.ca
for Canadian breed clubs.
AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory assumes no responsibility for the quality, health, or
temperament of any dog, nor the warranty, guarantee, integrity, honesty or
reliability, expressed or implied, by any person or of or by any person or
organization whose name appears in the AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory.
All such warranties, guarantees and promises are between buyer(s) and seller(s)
All buyers are strongly encouraged to carefully document, in writing, all
representations, promises, statements, warranties and guarantees made by sellers
of puppies for sale and older dogs for sale. Such documentation should be signed
by the seller. AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory cannot and does not become involved in
resolving conflicts and disagreements between buyers and sellers. AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory responsibility is limited to requesting assurance from listed
breeders that they abide by terms of the AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory Code of Ethics.
COMPLAINTS AND REDRESS
AKC/FCI Dog Breeders Directory is interested in the integrity of the breeders listed in its
directory and welcomes comments and feedback (whether positive or negative) from
anyone who contacts the breeders listed.
To file a complaint against a breeder listed in the AKC/FCI Dog Breeders
Directory, you must provide specific information that describes why the member
is alleged to be deficient in his or her responsibilities with regard to the
Breeders Code of Ethics. Complaints must be written and signed by a person who
has had direct interaction with the listed breeder. Complaints should be sent to