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RETRIEVER CLUB CODE OF ETHICS
GENERAL CODE OF
All members of
the Curly Coated Retriever club 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
- 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.
- Members will, when
breeding dogs, adopt 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 illegally.
- 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
- 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
- Will supply written details
of all dietary requirements and give guidance
concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in
a new home.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Before breeding a litter,
serious and equal consideration should be given to
construction, temperament, health and soundness. All
breeding should be aimed at its improvement of the
breed. A Curly Coated Retriever should only be bred
from if it is believed to be clear of known serious
hereditary defects including permanent bare patches,
or serious medical problem. It is recommended that all
breeding stock be X-rayed and eye tested preferably
under the BVA/KC Scheme. DNA profiling is also
- No members should breed a
litter unless he/she is reasonably sure of finding
good homes for the puppies.
- It is recommended that
bitches should not be bred from until they are two
years, that they should not be bred from on
consecutive seasons, that a bitch should have no more
than four litters and that no bitch should have a
litter after the age of eight years. Whelping must be
complete by the age of 8.
- Prospective buyers of
puppies and/or adults should be carefully screened for
suitability and should be fully advised of the
characteristics of the Curly Coated Retriever.
- Stud dog owners must satisfy
themselves as to the suitability of the bitch's
breeding. They must make it clear to pet bitch owners
the commitment and facilities necessary to rear a
litter. It is hoped that the stud dog owner will take
further interest in the outcome of any matings.
- When exporting overseas all
sellers should ensure the suitability of the owners
and the environment for a curly. The ethics of the
country with regard to dogs should also be taken into
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,