SWDC Code of Best Practice

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PART A: – GENERAL

No member should take on more dogs than he or she can care for and keep in a healthy environment.

Members should conduct themselves at all times in a manner that is a credit to the Club and ownership of Saarloos Wolfdogs. Members should not use any method of communication whatsoever in a way that could be considered defamatory, insulting or detrimental to another member, or the club, or to the breed in general nor furnish information including pedigrees and photographs of dogs not owned by them without prior written consent of the owner.

Members should adopt properly prepared legal contracts in the sale of puppies or their use of stud dogs, and should be aware of the consequences of any default on their part, whether intentional or not.

PART B: – BREEDING AND EXHIBITING

Members who breed or exhibit should:

Familiarise themselves with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) Breed Standard and aim to breed or exhibit dogs that conform to that standard and which have not been changed in appearance by artificial or surgical means except as the breed standard or Saarloos Wolfhond Breed Club may allow.

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

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 not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

Maintain accurate breeding records, registration documents and pedigrees.

Register with the Saarloos Wolfdog Club all surviving puppies by the time they reach twelve months of age.

Endeavour to obtain a Restricted Registration certificate to prevent breeding from any puppy exhibiting such faults that are or may be of a hereditary nature, so that to breed from such a dog may be detrimental to the dog itself or to the breed in general.

Not part with a puppy under the age of eight weeks to a new owner.

Will ensure all dogs/puppies are Micro-chipped prior to sale.

Will ensure that all relevant Saarloos Wolfdog 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 unless a written agreement is made at time of sale that papers are to be withheld and/or conditions imposed.

Will supply written details of all dietary requirements, a record of all inoculations and worming carried out and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

Should not, under any circumstances, make false or exaggerated claims that cannot be substantiated, for example, about future prospects of puppies, quality of breeding stock, or record of show wins.

Use best endeavours to ensure that all stock is healthy at time of sale, unless agreed otherwise and put in writing and acknowledged by the purchaser, such stock having been checked for known hereditary and other health problems and the purchaser being given full access to the results.

Use best endeavours to ascertain that every prospective owner is suitable, and to resume responsibility for their stock if it proves unsuitable for its new home for whatever reason. This provision also applies when stock is to be exported, with the additional responsibility of the Exporter to use best endeavours to ensure the dog’s welfare in transit. Members are reminded that not all countries have protective animal welfare laws, nor Breed Clubs that cater for the welfare of the breed. It is the sole responsibility of the exporter to ensure that adequate welfare provisions exist.

Not sell stock to a third party or a pet shop or puppy dealer nor operate as such.

Enter into breeding terms with care. All parties should understand fully the terms, these being agreed in writing. Saarloos Wolfdog Club ‘Loan of Bitch Agreement’ or other form of written contract should be used, preferably witnessed and properly signed with all parties retaining a signed copy.

PART C: – DOGS TO BE USED AT STUD.

No dog which has a known physical defect that could be detrimental to the health and well being of the offspring or the breed in general should be used at stud. By way of guidance, British Veterinary Association (BVA) Hip and Elbow dysplasia scoring – Parent dogs must have a combined average score below Hips 15 and Elbows 0. A current clear BVA eye examination certificate. Genetic status of Degenerative Myelopathy (SOD1) and Dwarfism (LHX3) must be known and no two dogs are to be paired when both carriers of these genes.

Stud dog owners are advised to see the bitch’s pedigree and registration certificate to establish ownership, age and endorsements. The number of litters, number of puppies and when she last had a litter, should also be ascertained. It is advisable that the bitch should have a full health check before mating and stud dog owners should assure themselves that this has taken place and was satisfactory.

Any dog that is to be used at stud should be annually checked for good health, and be free from infection, and be in good condition at the time of mating.

Stud dog owners should be aware of the risk of cross infection and allow sufficient time between mating different bitches, to minimise risk. The owner of the bitch should be informed of the previous mating if less than 14 days has elapsed.

PART D: – BITCHES TO BE USED FOR BREEDING.

No bitch with a known physical defect that could be detrimental to the health and well being of the bitch, her offspring or the breed in general should be used for breeding. By way of guidance, BVA Hip and Elbow dysplasia scoring – Parent dogs must have a combined average score below Hips 15 and Elbows 0. A current clear BVA eye examination certificate. Genetic status of Degenerative Myelopathy (SOD1) and Dwarfism (LHX3) must be known and no two dogs are to be paired if both carriers of these genes.

No bitch to be mated so as to whelp before she is 2 years old, and then only if she is considered mature enough to raise a litter of puppies.

No bitch to be mated so as to rear a litter after her eighth birthday.

No bitch should normally rear a litter on consecutive seasons, and in any case, must have no more than one litter in any 12 month period.

No bitch to be allowed more than four litters in her lifetime.

No bitch to be mated who has had a caesarean section, as this would indicate possible whelping difficulties in the future.

Any bitch used for breeding should be protected from known diseases when available, be annually checked for good health, be free from any infection, and be in good condition at the time of mating.

Bitches received from overseas for mating should be returned as soon as possible. This should be within 4 weeks from the date of mating.

No bitch more than 4 weeks in whelp should be exported or imported.

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