Code Of Ethics


Sh Ch Janbell Jamieson JW

Founded February 2003


Sh Ch World Ch Littlethorn Continental

All members of the WEssex BCC undertake to abide by its general Code Of Ethics.  Club members ...

will propertly 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 performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformatino of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club

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 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, are microchipped (required by law as of 6 April 2016) with up-to-date contact details on the database, 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 expection of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change

will supply wirtten details of all dietary requirements, a record of worming including a recommendation of a worming program, and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home

will ensure that all puppies are registered on the Kennel Club breed register and the registration certificate, along with any other relevant documents, isi provided to the new owner(s) when selling or transferring a puppy, and will agree, in writing, to forward and 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 or any kind.  Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog)

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

Breeding standards (mandatory) -

Before being bred from, dogs and bitches will be BVA hip scored.  Careful consideration should be used before breeding from dogs with an above breed average hip score,

Dogs and bitches in breedin programs will have a Clear/Normal current BVA eye test before, or within 12 months of, producing a litter.

Dogs will be gonioscopy tested before being bred from.  Either the dog or the bitch (preferably both) will have a Clear/Normal BVA gonioscopy eye test result.

Before being bred from, dogs and bitches must be verified as either normal, carrier or affected for CEA, TNS, CL and IGS/B@£ DNA tests, either by being clear by parentage or by having a DNA test done.  Affected dogs may not be bred from.  Carriers may only be mated to Clears.  Ideally, any puppies resulting from a Clear to Carrier mating should be DNA tested before being homed and carrier results explained to new owners to help prevent possible carrier to carrier mating from unknowledgeable new owners.

The age of a brood bitch will be at least 18 months or she will have had her second season (whichever is first).  Bitches will not be bred from at consecutive seasons unless under exceptional circumstances sanctioned by a veterinary surgeon.  Bitches of 8 years and over will not be bred from.  No bitch will have more than 4 litters.

As from 6 April 2016, all puppies born and bred in England will be microchipped before being homed.  We strongly recommend that members living elsewhere microchip or tattoo their puppies before being homed.  A dog will be legally exempt from being microchipped only when a vet certifies that is connat be microchipped for health reasons.  This needs to be done on a form approved by the Secretary of State.  The breeder must always be the first registered keep of the puppies and it will be illegal for the breeder to not be listed as a keeper on the database.  The breeder must also provide microchipping documents to the puppy buyer to ensure that new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.

As the first keeper, to comply with the law you must:

  • microchip the puppy by the time it is 8 weeks old and register with an approved microchip database (you must register your details as well as the dog's)

  • once you sell the puppy you must ensure the microchip database contact details are up to date (with the new keeper's information) this should be updated either by yourself or the new keeper

  • for any dog that is registered to you (on the microchip database), you are likely to be held responsible if the dog has been found to have strayed, bitten or caused any unjust damage (there are some exceptions in instances where you were not in charge of the dog at the time of the incident).  There is also protection from prosecution within the law however if a dog injures a burglar or trespasser on their land

All puppies in litters will be BVA eye test litter screened even if bred from CEA clear parents, before being homed.

Puppies will not be homed until 7 weeks of age, but ideally 8.

Breeding recommendations (advisory) -

Both sire and dam should be DNA tested for MDR1.  Affected dogs may not be bred from.  Carrier may only be mated to Clear dogs.

Both sire and dam should have passed a BAER hearing test Normal/Normal.

Both sire and dam should be elbow scored with a 0/0 result.

All puppies in litters should be BAER hearing tested before being homed.

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. 

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