Midland Counties Norfolk Terrier Association 

 

GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS 

All members of the Midland Counties Norfolk Terrier Association undertake to abide by  its General Code of Ethics. 

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  caesarean  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. 

Updated by the Kennel Club in 2012.