Code of ethics
The Doberman Canada Code of Ethics is meant to provide the public with a frame of reference as well as a better understanding of what it means to be a responsible and ethical Doberman breeder. Any breeder listed by Doberman Canada has accepted to respect and conform to this Code of Ethics.
As a breeder I agree to…
- Represent myself truthfully and provide accurate, up-to-date information in my dealings with Doberman breeders, buyers and owners.
- Conduct myself in a way that reflects positively on the Doberman breed and other breeders.
- Strive to set up and maintain a breeding program that prioritizes the betterment of the breed’s health, temperament and conformation.
- Register all my litters with the CKC and duly provide official CKC registration for all puppies within four months of the date of sale.
- Produce a written, co-signed agreement clearly defining all stipulations and expectations related to the (co)ownership.
- Provide the buyer with all official puppy-related records, including, but not limited to, the pedigree and veterinary records.
- Run proper and timely health testing on all studs and bitches for health disorders known to affect the breed.
- Execute reasonable due diligence to ensure no puppies are sold to puppy mills, brokers, pet shops, or agents representing such entities.
- Provide adequate informational follow-up for the new homes before and after the sale, to ensure our Doberman is well cared for.
- Assist with or be involved in the relocation, should a new home become unable or unwilling to properly care for our Doberman.
- Breed stock only as often as consistent with good health and sound medical practices.
As a breeder I agree not to…
- Engage in breeding a stud or bitch that has not been properly health tested for all health disorders known to affect the breed.
- Knowingly sell puppies or stud service to puppy mills, brokers, pet shops, or agents representing such entities.
- Overstate or misstate information related to my breeding program, stock lineage, health testing, puppies or puppies’ pedigrees.
- Breed more than four litters per 12-month period, whether the litters be registered in my or someone else’s name.
- Compromise the quality of my breeding program and/or the adequacy of health testing in the name of financial profit.
- Trivialize or denigrate other breeders and the quality of their lineage, whether in person or by any other mean of communication.
I understand that failing to be in compliance with the above-stated Code of Ethics can lead to my being removed, without prejudice to either parties, from Doberman Canada’s Approved Breeders List.