Code Of Ethics

Kennel Club General Code of Ethics

All members of the Keeshond Club undertake to abide by the Kennel Club’s General Code of Ethics.

Keeshond Club Members:

  1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
  2. 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 caesarian section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.
  3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
  4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
  5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
  6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
  7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
  8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
  9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
  10. 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.
  11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 dog).
  14. 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.

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.

KC/GJ January 2011

Keeshond Club Code of Ethics

Further to the Kennel Club’s General Code of Ethics, stated above, the following additional points have been approved by the Keeshond Club Executive Committee.

The aim of the Club is to further the health, well-being and welfare of the breed, and to conduct their activities in accordance with this guide.

Club Members:

  1. Will only breed from mature bitches (preferably after 24 months of age), and that no bitch should be bred in any way deleterious to her and her breed, and normally not more than every other season. Likewise, stud dog owners should carefully check the suitability of prospective mates and matings.
  2. Will inform those accepting their stock that there is evidence of certain breed associated conditions in the breed for which no current control schemes are available. Owners should also be advised of conditions where DNA tests are currently in place.
  3. Will make use of the DNA test available for PHPT and breed only from animals that are tested negative, or are negative by descent for the PHPT gene. They should be prepared to make copies of certificates available to prospective purchasers and/or advise them of the Club’s open register for PHPT.
  4. Will ensure all puppies should be sold with a comprehensive puppy pack to include: a signed five generation pedigree, a record of worming (showing the dates the puppy was wormed whilst still with the breeder), Kennel Club registration certificate, a diet sheet, advice on training, care and grooming to include advice on appropriate grooming equipment and evidence of PHPT status
  5. The Breeder should ensure that the prospective owner understands and accepts any Kennel Club endorsements and signs to this effect on a puppy sales form. Where Breeding Kennel Club Terms and Stud Dog Kennel Club Agreements are also in place, these should also be clearly understood and signed by both parties and a copy kept by each.
  6. Will register all stock at the earliest opportunity with The Kennel Club. Breeders should keep accurate records of matings and pedigrees.
  7. Will raise the general public’s awareness of the breed by taking their dogs to public places whenever possible. This may include socialising a puppy by standing outside the local supermarket, eating in dog friendly hostelries and holidaying with the family dogs.
  8. Will be prepared to talk about the breed when interest is shown; and honestly explain the positive aspects of owning a Keeshond.
  9. Will at all times when confronted with a situation not covered by the above, conduct oneself as one would like to be treated in similar circumstances.

KC/EC November 2009

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