Central Bernese Mountain Dog Club

Code of Ethics

All members of the Central BMD Club agree to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

1. Will properly house, feed water & exercise all dogs under their care & arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if & 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 dog, 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 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 not agree to breed from a dog or bitch which could in any way be harmful to the dog or the breed.

Any member intending to breed from their dogs agree to the following: All breeding stock should be x-rayed for evidence of hip dysplasia and these x-rays should preferably be submitted to the KC/BVA scoring scheme. Results from any other equivalent schemes recognised by Kennel Club will be recognised for members who have dogs reared overseas or for members who choose to use schemes from other organisations abroad. Breeders shall take the scores into consideration in their planned breeding programme and should treat mild cases as they would any other fault and exclude dogs with evidence of more severe hip dysplasia or with poor EBV ratings for hip dysplasia from their breeding programme.

Similarly all breeding stock should be x-rayed for evidence of elbow dysplasia and submitted to the KC/BVA or KC recognised scheme of the breeders choice. Mild cases of elbow dysplasia should be treated as any other fault and dogs with evidence of severe elbow dysplasia or with a poor EBV rating for elbow dysplasia should  not be considered in their breeding programme.

It is hoped that all members intending to breed from their dogs will do so in full knowledge of current  health tests available for dogs in an attempt to restrict the effects of heriditary diseases.

7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars & will be kept leashed or under effective control  when away from home.

9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere where their dogs are being exhibited.

10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy & healthy life & will help with the rehoming of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements & give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12. Will ensure that all Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, & 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 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 or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand-alone items.

14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed or 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.