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Promoting ethical breeding and responsible ownership of healthy dogs

Code of Ethics


Finding your puppies a new home



  • Meet all prospective owners to establish their suitability as a potential owner.

  • Turn away potential puppy owners if they or their home situation is not suitable (For example, if puppies would be left at home during the day alone, or puppies would not receive any exercise or owners could not afford to keep them).

  • Be prepared to take a puppy back if it turns out the owners are not able to or no longer want to accommodate it.

  • Provide references from previous puppy owners.

  • Remain available after a puppy has been homed to provide advice and support to the new owners.



  • Sell your puppies through pet shops or other commercial outlets.

  • Transport your puppies unaccompanied.

  • Separate a puppy from its mother and litter before it is 8 weeks of age.

  • Sell without a written contract, signed by you and the new owner.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the qualities, characteristics of the breeds involved or of individual puppies to a potential new owner.

Living arrangements at home



  • Have your dogs living with you as family pets inside your home.

  • Provide plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
    Feed your dogs according to breed, age, weight and current recommendations.

  • Maintain clean living arrangements for dogs.

  • Have clean, warm bedding at all times.

  • Provide your dogs with a “place of their own” where they can be left undisturbed.

  • Provide your dogs with regular exercise, stimulation and human contact



  • Keep your dogs separate from the family in kennels, sheds and garages or out of the family environment.

  • Separate your bitch from her puppies at any time prior to puppies reaching 8 weeks of age.




  • Maintain a vaccination and worming regime in line with your vet’s recommendations.

  • Have your dog DNA tested for breed-specific genetic disease.

  • Maintain your dogs’ coats and otherwise keep your dogs well-groomed.

  • Ensure that your dogs are micro-chipped and have collars with name tags with contact details.

  • Be registered with a vet.​



  • Only breed from healthy dogs between the ages of 18 months to 7 years or as advised by your veterinary surgeon

  • Allow your bitch access to her puppies at all times

  • Allow your bitch at least one season between litters

  • Ensure that suitable stud dogs are used for breeding

  • Ensure that your breeding dogs and their mates are DNA tested for all relevant breed specific genetic mutations and only pair dogs and bitches that together cannot produce affected offspring.

  • Ensure that stud dogs used for breeding are well, healthy, are micro-chipped, have an up to date vaccination, and have suitable and verifiable documentation provided by the owner

  • Provide suitable whelping environment including whelping box.



  • Breed back to back from one bitch

  • Breed illegal dog breeds.




  • Ensure that puppies’ health and welfare needs are met at all times

  • Know the appropriate time-scale and what to introduce in terms of human and other stimuli.​



  • Cull a healthy dog or puppy under any circumstances
    Mutilate a dog or puppy (e.g. Tail docking) unless for medical reasons as recommended by your registered vet