* * * * *
I will keep accurate records, and retain those records for a minimum of five years. These records will include: stud service contract, pedigrees, all litters produced and all dogs/puppies sold. I will report to the Board of Directors of AACOO any person who falsifies a registration, or knowingly misrepresents a pedigree.
I will maintain high standards of health and care for my dogs, and guarantee the health of my puppies at the time of sale.
Food and Water
Clean water must be available at all times. Care should be taken so that water dishes are not tipped easily and are filled several times per day in case of spilling.
A balanced diet is necessary for good health. Food containers must be cleaned regularly. Special attention to feeding times is required in a multi-dog confinement area to ensure that each dog receives adequate nourishment.
All dogs must have access to dry, weatherproof housing. The shelter must be properly maintained in relation to weather conditions. Regular inspections of housing are necessary to ensure sanitary bedding and protection from objects harmful to pups and adults.
The whelping area must be a warm, clean and roomy area segregated from other dogs, with easy accessibility for cleaning and inspection. For both pups and mother, the kennel owner must provide a healthy whelping area for maximum growth, survival, exercise and socialization with people.
Each litter must be segregated or properly identified. Dogs must be confined in such a manner that prevents their escape yet provides adequate room for individual mobility. Crated dogs must have an exercise area and receive adequate exercise daily. Females in season must be separated from males (other than the male she is bred to) for her entire heat cycle.
Safety & Protection
The kennel owner must ensure that dogs kenneled together are compatible and not in danger of injuring one another. Dogs must be protected from stray and wild animals and from objects harmful to pups and adults. Adequate fencing is required.
Vaccinations must be administered in accordance with local and state requirements. An internal and external parasite control program must be maintained. Sick dogs must be separated from general kennel population. Bathing/grooming should be administered as required by breed to maintain proper health conditions.
A daily regimen of human interaction is necessary to ensure the development of good temperament for all dogs, especially for pups. Obedience training, emphasizing positive training methods, is strongly recommended.
Waste must be removed in accordance with accepted local, state and federal requirements. The kennel area must be cleaned of all feces and urine daily. Solid waste must be removed from the kennel area.
Individual health records must be maintained for each dog. All breedings must be recorded as well as the resultant litters from those breedings. A sales record indicating to whom each dog is sold is necessary.
Kennel owners must meet all local, county, state and federal government requirements for kennel operations.
This Code of Ethics is intended as an expression of goals for breeders, exhibitors and fanciers. It is not to be construed as a rule or regulation to be enforced by punishment. Breeders are expected to police themselves in a civil and responsible manner.
-All content: graphics and photos, text and logos Copyright © 2003 - 2012 by the individual contributors of said graphics and photos, all rights reserved-