The breeding of dogs is a serious responsibility; therefore, the decision to breed should never be taken lightly. To this end, every breeder, or prospective breeder, should embrace the following general principles:
- Be prepared to make a serious commitment of both time and financial resources in order to ensure that a proper breeding program can be carried out.
- Be prepared to work hard to preserve and maintain the breed for future generations through the judicious selection of breeding stock.
- Be prepared to share knowledge that is gained through experience with fellow breeders, particularly those who are new to the breed.
- Every breeder should make a conscientious effort to learn about structure, movement and behaviour, understand and stay current with inherited traits, congenital and hereditary health problems related to their breed, and to have a basic knowledge of health care and first aid.
- Breeders are encouraged to regularly test for health and genetic problems and are encouraged to openly share the results of all such testing that are undertaken. Recommended protocols for the control of genetic disease should be followed.
- Shall ensure that at all times all dogs under their control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper Veterinary attention, if and when required
- I shall not permit any of my pure bred dogs to be mated except to a dog of the same breed
- I shall ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from me clearly understand their responsibilities for the care and welfare of the animal and that they have the time and facilities to fulfil their obligations to the dogs.
- I shall not knowingly sell or gift any dog to unethical dealers, or directly or indirectly to allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.
- I shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, or falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the dog.
- Breeders / Exhibitors commit themselves to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy, and vigorous competition, as well as winning and losing with grace.
- Breeders / Exhibitors refuse to compromise their commitment and obligation to the sport of purebred dogs by injecting personal advantage or consideration into their decisions or behaviour.
- Breeders / Exhibitors find that vigorous competition and civility are not inconsistent and are able to appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of competitors.
- Breeders / Exhibitors welcome, encourage and support newcomers to the sport.
- Breeders / Exhibitors are willing to share honest and open appraisals of both the strengths and weaknesses of their breeding stock.
- Breeders / Exhibitors spurn any opportunity to take personal advantage of positions offered or bestowed upon them.
- Breeders / Exhibitors always consider as paramount the welfare of their dog.