Code of Ethics

Currently under revisions.

A. GENERAL

1. Provide appropriate housing, food and health care.

2. Endeavor to enhance the role of the Leonberger in society, through training, education, and good neighbour practices.

3. Exhibit good sportsmanship, integrity, and honesty, when taking part in any activity.

4. Undertake the task of educating and encouraging all newcomers to the world of purebred Leonbergers, no matter what their field of interest.

B. BREEDING

1. All breedings should be planned and aimed at improvement of the breed.

2. Before considering the breeding of any Leonberger, the breeder should have full and thorough, comprehensive understanding of the breed, it’s approved standard, and its original purpose.

3. Before breeding either a male or female, the owner of both should have a thorough understanding of the genetics of his or her dog. With special attention given to genetic diseases which may exist in the individual dog.

4. The owner of the stud is just as responsible for any breeding as the owner of the female.

5. In consideration of the aim of the overall improvement of the breed, the breeder must decline any breeding when the presence of any undesirable or potentially debilitating genetic or behavioral trait is known or suspected in either the sire or the dam. The owner of the stud should refuse service to any bitch he sincerely feels is not worthy of breeding.

6. As a MINIMUM requirement, all breeding stock must hold:

a) a certificate of examination from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) indicating no evidence of hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. This certification must be done no younger than 2 years of age.
b) a certificate of evaluation from an accredited Ophthalmology institute indicating no evidence of inherited eye disease or functional abnormalities of the eye.
c) a certificate of examination from an accredited Cardiologist indicating no physical signs of cardiovascular disease.
d) veterinary certificate that the dog has been tested and found to be clear of any abnormalities for Von Willebrands Disease and Hypothyroidism (T3; T4 & T4aa).
e) veterinary certificate that the dog has been tested and found to be clear of brucellosis.
f) no dog should be bred under the age of two years.
g) any dog used for breeding, should have a temperament consistent for the breed.
h) proof of socialization for every dog bred. i.e. Canine Good Citizen Test, Obedience Trials, Conformation Shows etc.

7. Complete a stud dog contract to be signed by both parties before the mating takes place. Stud or Breeding Contracts should be used to clearly set out the agreed upon conditions in regards to re-servicing, number of puppies constituting a litter, stud fee, substituting either mate for future return services.

8. No owner of a stud will allow his dog to service a bitch owned by a pet store, chain or commercial kennel.

9. No bitch will be bred on consecutive heat seasons. In the case of a female producing only one or two puppies, she may be bred on her following heat if she is in good condition.

C. ADVERTISING

1. All advertising is factual. It is not so worded as to be misleading or misrepresentative, to attract undesirable buyers or to encourage the raising of Leonbergers merely as a money-making scheme.

2. The Club will not accept any advertising or information to be printed in a Club publication regarding future breedings, upcoming or existing litters, stud services, that indicates the existence of a certificate of examination for hip/elbow dysplasia, eye, heart, blood, or other conditions, unless a copy of the certificate of examination, indicated in the advertisement or information, is provided at the time of submission.

D. SALES

1. Each puppy will be identified by means of a tattoo or microchip in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club. This MUST be done prior to the puppy leaving the breeder.

2. The breeder will not supply puppies or adult dogs to pet stores, commercial dealers, flea-market-type operations for raffles, give-away prizes or other such projects.

3. The breeder should screen all buyers on their desire and ultimate intent for each Leonberger. Their interest and ability to provide a safe, adequate and loving home should be determined. Fenced yards and the use of crates should be recommended.

4. The breeder will provide the purchaser with a written agreement of sale in which is specified the category of the dog being purchased and the agreed upon purchase price.

5. Provide the new owner with complete health records which states : dates of deworming, shots, and any pertinent information.

6. Provide the buyer with at least a four generation pedigree and the results of any hip, elbow, eye, heart and blood examination carried out on the dog or puppy being purchased and on its sire and dam.

7. Provide a written health guarantee, specifying length of guarantee, and to what degree. All guarantees should at least provide for replacement of the puppy with another, within a reasonable length of time after return of the puppy originally purchased.

8. All puppies leaving the breeders’ possession are at least seven (7) weeks old, with the exception of puppies shipped as potential guides for the blind, which may be released between six (6) and seven (7) weeks of age.

9. Non-Breeding Agreement

a) All Leonbergers sold in Canada, must be sold on the Canadian Kennel Club Non-Breeding Agreement. The agreement must not be canceled unless the adult dog obtains the minimum requirements for breeding stock as defined in section “B BREEDING”, and in the opinion of a knowledgable, independent third party, the dog is worthy of being bred; or unless the breeder has proof the dog has been spayed or neutered.
b) Exceptions to this clause may be made only in cases where breeders are selling Leonbergers to foreign countries or to individuals wishing to exhibit in a foreign country such as the United States. In such cases, a private purchase agreement must be executed between the breeder and purchaser which is in keeping with the principles of the use of the Canadian Kennel Club Non-Breeding Agreement and this Code of Ethics.
c) The Breeder shall not charge the buyer a fee to cancel the C.K.C. Non-Breeding Agreement, except for reimbursement of the applicable C.K.C. fees, or as per the terms specified in the Agreement of Sale provided to the purchaser.

10. Strive to be accurate and honest to the best of their ability in appraising the quality of Leonberger being offered for sale or placement with reference to the standard of the breed.

11. Recommend to the new owners to spay or neuter all pets.

12. Recommend basic obedience training for the puppy/dog.

13. Ensure that all relevant CKC registration papers are provided to the new owner within a reasonable period of time.

14. Provide written instructions on feeding, care, and training.

15. Endeavour to help the new owners in every reasonable way.

No member will participate in any act(s), which may bring the name of the Club or any of its members into disrepute.

This Code of Ethics constitutes the required standard of behaviour expected of members. Any member(s) found in breach of this Code could be called upon to explain their actions to the Club. (Refer article “1.4.3 DISCIPLINE” of the Constitution of the Leonberger Club of Canada.)

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