Standard used with KC/BGRCA permission
BGRCA Code of Ethics
The British Golden Retriever Club of America requests that all breeders subscribe to the following Code of Ethics to promote and foster the highest standards among breeders, owners and fanciers, and to encourage sportsmanship and cooperation in the improvement and advancement of the Golden Retriever.
I will keep accurate records, and retain those records for a minimum of five years. These records will include: stud service contracts, pedigrees, all litters produced and all dogs/puppies sold. I will follow the standards as described by the UKC and AKC. I will report to the Registration Office of the UKC and AKC any person who falsifies a registration, or knowingly misrepresents a pedigree.
– I shall plan each breeding with the paramount intention of improving the breed.
– I will select the stud dog and brood bitch with an eye to conformation, temperament and working instinct and ability, with a careful study of the breed standard and the principles of genetics.
– I will not breed any male or female until they are both physically and mentally mature.
– Before entering into any breeding arrangement, I will scrutinize the pedigree, conformation and working potential of both the sire and dam, keeping in mind the ideal of the breed. I have an obligation to refuse the breeding if, in my opinion, it is not in the best interest of the breed.
– As a responsible stud dog owner, I understand that should I refuse a breeding, I will fully explain my reasons to the owner of the bitch.
– I believe that only those dogs known to be free of serious or disqualifying defects should be used for breeding. I will not breed monorchids, cryptorchids, dogs with vicious or shy temperaments, or dogs with serious defects or disqualifications addressed in their breed standards. I will also not breed a dog with dysplastic hips for any reason.
– As a responsible breeder, I will refrain from using a dog that, although free from serious or disqualifying defects, consistently produces afflicted puppies.
– I will encourage/require the buyers of pet quality puppies to spay or neuter them.
I will maintain high standards of health and care for my dogs, and guarantee the health of my puppies at the time of sale.
– I will be discriminating in the sales of my puppies, and concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. My dogs/puppies will not be sold to dog wholesalers or retailers.
– I will transfer all applicable registration papers at the time the purchase agreement is completed and is agreeable to both parties for show/breeding animals.
- -I will provide a bill of sale with a pet puppy and provide registration papers upon completion of spay/neuter.Upon the sale of a dog/puppy, I will provide the buyer with a properly executed UKC/AKC Registration Certificate Registration Certificate, diet record, an inoculation and parasite control record and a health guarantee.- I will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least seven (7) weeks old, or eight (8) weeks old if the puppy is to be shipped.ADVERTISING- My advertising of dogs/puppies will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication.
– I will avoid encouraging buyers regarding the breeding potential of a dog/puppy. I believe breeding purebred dogs involves certain responsibilities, and I will not take it lightly.
– I understand that exhibiting dogs is a sport, and that I am expected to express good sportsmanship in all activities.
– As an exhibitor, I will refrain from unnecessary criticism of other people’s dogs.
– As a matter of ethics, I pledge to help educate the general public as well as to assist the novice breeder.
BGRCA members are expected to follow UKC/AKC requirements for record keeping, identification of animals, and registration procedures or the registry procedures in their home country. Animals selected for breeding should:
- 1. be of temperament typical of the Golden Retriever breed; stable, friendly, trainable, and willing to work. Temperament is of the utmost importance to the breed and must never be neglected;
- 2. be in good health, including freedom from communicable disease;
3. possess, and make publicly available the following examination reports in order to verify status concerning possible hip dysplasia, hereditary eye disease, hereditary cardiovascular disease, and elbow dysplasia.
a. Hips – for U.S. dogs, a final clearance from the British Veterinary Association or Penn Hip after 12 months of age or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals at 24 months of age or older. For dogs outside the U.S., a report from a health registry approved by the Golden Retriever club of that country. A report from the accepted health registry of another country may be used for U.S. dogs that are 12 months of age or older when x-rayed.
b. Eyes – an appropriate report from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) or from a BVA/KC approved ophthalmologist (Great Britain). For dogs outside the U.S., a report from an ophthalmologist, as recommended by the Golden Retriever club of that country after 1 year of age. Examinations must be done within 12 months of a breeding.
c. Hearts – an appropriate report from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine from either a certified practitioner, specialist or cardiologist per the OFA requirement, at 12 months of age or older.
d. Elbows – for U.S. dogs, a report from the British Veterinary Association after 12 months of age or Orthopedic Foundation for Animals at 24 months of age or older. For dogs outside the U.S., a report from a health registry approved by the Golden Retriever club. A report from the accepted health registry of another country may be used for U.S. dogs that are 12 months of age or older when x-rayed.
Consideration should be given also to other disorders that may have a genetic component, including, but not limited to, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, skin disorders (allergies), PRA-1, Ichthyosis, and orthopedic disorders.
The breeder should use only healthy, mature adult bitches with all health clearances no earlier than 18 months of age, and adult dogs that are physically and mentally sound with all clearances prior to breeding.