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THE CHOW CHOW CLUB GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS



All members of The Chow Chow Club 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 performing 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 operation 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 not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

7) Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

8) Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

9) Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

10) Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

11) 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.

12) Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

13) Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents and Pedigree 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.

14) 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).

15) Follow the rules of good sportsmanship in all Chow Chow Activities.

16) Conscientiously plan each litter taking into consideration the parentsí temperament and quality according to the Breed Standard, taking reasonable care not to perpetuate hereditary defects.

17) Ensure that suitable homes are available before breeding or that there are facilities to keep unbooked puppies until suitable homes are found. Not sell puppies less than 8 weeks of age, having ensured they have been wormed.

18) As a stud dog owner keep the Breed Standard clearly in mind and refuse the mating if it will not be in the best interests of the breed. If a stud service is denied, a full explanation for the decision is given to the owner of the bitch.

19) Follow Kennel Club policy regarding maximum age and number/frequency of litters.

20) Commit to help, if necessary, with the re-homing of a dog, for whatever reason, throughout the dogís lifetime. If for any reason a member is unable to keep their chow, in the first instance undertake to contact the breeder. If this is impracticable, contact the Secretary of The Chow Chow Club for advice.

21) It is suggested that Members, when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the K.C.ís Assured Breeder Scheme. It is further suggested that Members who breed should apply to join the scheme.

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 25th February 2012



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