Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain
Code of Ethics

(Last Revised 2018)

All members of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 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, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, 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) Will follow the Rules of Good Sportsmanship in all Siberian Husky Competition and activities.

16) Will fully explain to all prospective Siberian Husky purchasers the disadvantages as well as the advantages of owning this breed.

17) Will attempt to help and befriend novice exhibitors and breeders.

18) Will endeavour to keep informed in the field of genetics and will work persistently to eliminate any hereditary defects from this breed.

19) Will before entering into any Breeding Agreement carefully analyse the conformation and pedigrees of the prospective sire and dam, take into consideration any known hereditary or genetic defects and, keeping the Breed Standard in mind, refuse the mating if, in their opinion, it will not be in the best interests of the Breed. If they deny a Stud Service they will fully explain their reasons to the owner of the bitch.

20) Will undertake to screen dogs prior to mating as follows:
a. Eye tested for hereditary cataracts (HC), primary glaucoma (PG), PPM and any other eye defects that should become included within Schedule A or B of the BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme. A current annual eye certificate must be held prior to mating (i.e.: the test must have been conducted no more than 12 months prior to the date of mating.)
b. Examined for the control of Hip Dysplasia under the BVA/KC scheme for UK KC registered dogs. Non UK bred dogs must be examined under the approved relevant scheme in the country of residence or, if imported to the UK, should be tested under the BVA/KC scheme if not already tested in the country of origin.
c. Copies of the results should be made available to the Breed Health Secretary and these may be made publicly available.

21) Will not breed from dogs affected by Hereditary Cataracts, or with a Primary Glaucoma gonioscopy (PLA) grading of Grade 3 (severely affected), or, where identified PRA and will endeavour to ensure that all puppies produced through their breeding will be tested as identified in Item 20 before they are bred from. If another hereditary problem occurs in their bloodlines, they will be honest and open about it to ensure that it is not knowingly perpetuated in the Breed.

22) Member Breeders will accept full responsibility for all puppies they have bred. They will always take back, or provide for, any dog of their breeding which needs a new home until they find an alternative suitable home. In the event a breeder is unable to fulfil their duties then the stud dog owner should assist before an outside agency is approached.

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.