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Code of Ethics

All members of the Bracco Italiano Society undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.


Society members will: 


1. properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required;


2. 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. agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes;


4. abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act;


5. not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally;


6. agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed;


7. not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties;


8. ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home;


9. clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited;


10.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; written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home;


12.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.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.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.attempt to help and befriend novice exhibitors and breeders;


16.conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring discredit to the breed or the Society and will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times;


17.not allow their bitches to whelp more than once every twelve months or before the age of two and not after the age of seven. Members will not allow their bitches to have any more than four litters during her lifetime and will not breed from bitches on consecutive seasons. All Dogs must be over the age of 2 years before being used at Stud;


18.not allow their dogs to be used at stud if the stud dog itself, or the bitch, are in poor condition or health. Members will ensure that the owners of any bitches being served by their stud dog are complying with the conditions in the point above;


19.make every effort to keep abreast of any problems with regard to soundness, temperament, hereditary defects etc. and take advantage of any scheme devised to test the dogs. All dogs and bitches, prior to being bred from must have been hip and elbow scored as per the KC/BVA (or a reciprocal non UK scheme) regulations.Furthermore they must have been eye tested within the previous 12 months, prior to breeding; breeding endorsements on their progeny, endorsements are to remain in place until the dog/bitch is a minimum of two years old, and health tested in accordance with the code of ethics, and for this to be clear in members puppy sale agreement;


21.take full responsibility for all puppies bred by them and will always take back, or provide for any dog of their breeding which needs a new home until they find a suitable alternative home. This is a joint responsibility of both the stud dog owner and the owner of the bitch;


22.will abide fully with the compulsory micro chipping of dogs from 6th April 2016 as detailed in the government legislation “Micro chipping of Dogs Regulations”


 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.


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