6/1/97 Revised 2/97)
will adopt the American
Shetland Sheepdog Association Guidelines for Ethical Behavior as
our Code of Ethics as follows.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE
ultimate goal of the responsible breeder should be to improve the breed by
producing attractive, healthy puppies with good temperaments, whether for
pet or show.
should have a basic knowledge of genetics, the breed, dog breeding in
general, and the specific faults and virtues of their chosen genetic
lines. They should also be aware of potential health problems,
associated both with the breed itself, and the specific lines. This is
to encourage improvement of the breed by using top quality stock,
along with extensive researched knowledge.
breeder should be discriminating in the placement of his stock. A
breeder should not sell to, or aid in selling a Sheltie to any person
who he has reason to believe will not provide proper care and
environment, or who may use the dog in a fashion which is detrimental
to the dog itself or the breed.
should maintain the best possible health, safety, cleanliness and
veterinary care for their animals, as well as proper nutrition and
socialization; and should pass these recommended measures along to new
arrangements should never be established which would encourage pet
buyers to undertake a breeding program. If a "breeder" does
not have the time, facility or desire to themselves have a litter out
of a particular brood matron, that dog should not be passed to a pet
buyer just to produce puppies.
should be entire (monorchids and/or cryptorchids should not be used)
with questionable temperaments should not be used for breeding.
on medication intended to alter the dog’s physical or mental
condition should not be used for breeding.
– COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY:
responsible breeder prohibits the sale of animals for the provision of
stud services/brood matrons to commercial operations, including puppy
mills, pet shops, brokers, laboratories, auctions, raffles, or contest
agree to abide by all AKC rules and regulations, whether pertaining to
breeding, exhibiting, record-keeping or any other aspect of purebred
should make themselves available to the purchaser after the sale has
been consummated, to help with education counseling, grooming and
other care questions as well as solving behavioral problems.
general, all dog owners have a responsibility to their canine companions
to provide proper care and humane treatment at all times, whether a
multiple or single dog household. Proper care and humane treatment
includes an adequate and nutritious diet, clean water, clean comfortable
living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human
companionship, and training for appropriate behavior. Dogs should not be
kept in circumstances or numbers where all of these needs cannot be