GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of the Pyrenean Sheepdog Club of Great Britain undertake
to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
- Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their
care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
- 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
- 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 strongly recommended that members who breed should apply to join the scheme.
- Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may
not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
- Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
- Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked
- Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any
way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
- Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a
nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
- Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will
be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
- Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their
dogs are being exhibited.
- 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.
- Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give
guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Will breed only from mature dogs and bitches which are KC registered.
Equal weight shall be given to type, temperament, health and soundness.
They must be x-rayed for hip dysplasia and the plates submitted to the BVA for scoring.
It is highly recommended that breeding stock with a significantly higher score than the
breed average should not be used for breeding purposes. Bitches should not have a litter before the age of two and should not be bred after the age of seven
- Will not let an individual bitch produce more than four litters with a period of at least
twelve months between litters. A first litter should be born before the end of the bitches fifth year.
Will not breed again from a bitch who has undergone two caesarean sections.
- Will refuse the services of a stud dog if the bitch does not comply
with the above guidelines.
- Will have puppies screened for PDA (preferably by a cardiologist)
before they are sold. Documentary evidence of health tests should be
registered with the club.
- Will only pass on puppies to new owners when they are at least seven
weeks old. The puppies should have been wormed and should be in good
- Will not use breeding contracts as a selling point to coerce prospective
owners into having a dog, even though such contracts are an accepted
method, used in sales/purchases.
- Will make prospective owners aware of the specific needs of the
- Will conduct themselves at all times in such a manner as reflects
the credit of ownership of the Pyrenean Sheepdog.
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.
It is proposed that this document be reviewed at regular intervals to
fall in line with up to date good practice as new legislation, testing or
research comes into use.
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