CODE OF ETHICS

 

The following code of ethics (COE) outline the ethical breeding practices expected from us as registered breeders;

Breeding Practices:

  • All Alaskan Malamutes used for breeding has to be registered prior to use for breeding.
  • Both parents used in breeding must be registered prior to mating.
  • Conscientiously plan each litter.
  • The stud dog and bitch to be mated should be selected by the breeder based on pedigrees, the parents' conformation according to breeding standard and temperament.
  • In-breeding should not be allowed between brother and sister and between mother or father with their own offspring.
  • Breed only to/from adults that are free from any inheritable defects, and avoid the introduction of any known detrimental factors.
  • Do not breed any adults with known genetic defects.
  • Always breed to improve the general canine characteristics according to the breed standard.
  • Breed only healthy, mature bitches preferably not before the second heat, allowing proper spacing between litters, allowing the bitch to recover.
  • At all time evaluate the condition of the bitch before mating is allowed.
  • It is recommended that bitches over the age of eight (8) years not be bred without prior examination, consultation and approval by an attending veterinarian.
  • Do not breed any bitch too more than one stud dog during a single heat period. Should a second breeding occur unintentional, the resulting litter must be registered as not suitable for breeding purposes.
Stud Services
  • All stud dogs must be registered.
  • Care must be taken to prevent a stud dog from breeding with its own offspring.
  • Stud dogs should only be bred with outside adult bitches who meet the breed standard and who are free of genetic defects and any other visible defect.
  • If bred with any other bitch that is not registered the offspring would not be registered.
  • A stud dog owner must certify the use of the specific stud dog during breeding by signing the particular Litter Registration Application and noting the date of breeding and whether the mating was supervised or not.
Health and General Responsibilities 
  • All canines must be kept under clean and sanitary conditions.
  • A sufficient diet should be fed and clean water should always be available.
  • Provide adequate kennels and exercise areas.
  • Do not kennel canines on wire flooring.
  • Provide adequate dry conditions and shelter against extreme heat and cold.
  • Health protection should be provided through regular inoculations, de-worming and pro-active health examinations.
  • General sanitary conditions would also improve the health condition of the canines.
  • Canines in kennels should not be in direct contact with each other as it provokes fighting that could cause injury or death.
  • All breeders are subject to external scrutiny and should be prepared to address concerns and improve breeding practices where necessary.
  • Ensure constant human contact and exercise on a regular basis.
  • Supervised interaction between dogs should also be encouraged.
Sale Responsibilities
  • Apply for Litter Registration Certificates directly after birth of the litter.
  • All buyers should be issued with a Litter Registration Certificate for their puppy at date of sale.
  • Buyers should be informed on the procedure to obtain transfer of registration.
  • Puppies must not be younger than eight (8) weeks but preferable ten (10) weeks old prior to leaving the breeder's possession.
  • If couriered, shipped or any other type of delivery is requested, the puppy must be older that eight (8) weeks or as per the couriers conditions on age travelling.
  • The breeder should only sell a puppy or adult to a buyer when he is confident that the buyer would care and look after his canine.
  • Sell only to proper homes where the buyers indicate that they have a fair knowledge of canines and will give the canine the proper care, attention and exercise required.
  • Inform the buyer on the qualities and weak points of your canine and do not knowingly use misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising.
  • A buyer should be fully aware of any genetic defect or illness that the dog might have before he/she buys the dog.
  • All buyers must be provided with the following information: Dietary requirements, general health information and inoculation and de-worming records.
  • It is further recommended that a veterinarian provide a general health certificate.
  • All breeders should be responsible for canines sold for their lifetime.
  • If a purchaser cannot keep a canine the breeder has sold, the breeder should make every effort to assist the buyer in finding an appropriate home. If a new home can not be found the breeder should prepared to take the canine back and be responsible for placing it in an appropriate home or give it up for rescue.
  • Breeders should not knowingly sell or consign puppies or adults to pet shops, brokers or puppy mills, nor supply canines for raffles, prizes or similar projects.
  • The use of a sales contract is recommended when selling a puppy or an adult dog. 
  Furthermore, we will conduct good sportsmanship at all times. 
 

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