Code of Ethics

SHIH TZU CLUB OF SCOTLAND
GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS

All members of the Shih Tzu Club of Scotland 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, 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.
  15. Stud dog owners should satisfy themselves, to the best of their ability, as to the suitability of bitches and the condition under which litters would be reared before agreeing a stud service. All dogs offered at stud should be in good health and free from communicable diseases.
  16. No bitch shall have more than two litters in any twenty four month period, nor prior to two years of age. During her lifetime no bitch shall be expected to produce more than six litters(as laid down by KC rules). A bitch shall only be mated if in good health and free from communicable diseases and not older than eight years of age.
  17. Puppies should not change home under eight weeks of age, ten weeks advisable.

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.