ASDR Breeder's Code Of Ethics

I will keep accurate records of my dogs. These records will include registration certificates, stud service contracts, pedigrees, vaccination and breeding records.

I will maintain absolute identification of all my dogs, examples: photos, tattoos, microchips, registration papers and pedigrees.

I shall plan each breeding with the objective of the improvement and advancement of the breed.

I will thoughtfully select my stud dog and brood bitch with an emphasis on good health, correct conformation, temperament, working drive and ability while all the time referring to the ASDR breed standard and the principles of genetics.

I will maintain the highest standards of health and care for my dogs and I will provide sufficient water, food, shelter and veterinary attention as needed.

I will show good judgment in the sale of my puppies.

I will provide each buyer with ASDR registration papers at the time of sale, unless a written agreement stating otherwise has been signed by the buyer.

I will help and educate the potential clients as to the basic characteristics, both physical and mental, of my breed to assist in determining if it is the right breed for them.

I will provide proper socialization for all my dogs and puppies and interact with each daily.

I will not be involved in or use my dogs for any illegal activity. None of my dogs are intended for any illegal activity and will not be sold for such use.

I will refrain from releasing my puppies to their new owners until they are at least seven weeks old, or eight weeks if they are to be shipped.

The ASDR Code of Ethics has been designed only as a guideline for breeders. It is not a legal document and should not be construed as a rule or regulation to be enforced by punishment, it carries no enforceable punishment. A breeder's adherence to the Code of Ethics is voluntary.