Code of Ethics

Lhasa Apso Club Code of Ethics

All members of the Lhasa Apso Club 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 an 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 rehoming 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 or 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 offer by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand-alone items  (i.e. 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 agree not to breed from stock that is too young.   Bitches not to whelp under 18 months.

16.  Will not offer any dog for sale by auction.

17.  Will ensure that all breeding stock has undergone an eye test carried out by a member of the KC/BVA eye panel, and holds a current “unaffected for Generalised Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GPRA)” test certificate before being bred from. Note: The KC/BVA eye scheme requires all dogs submitted for test to bear a form or permanent identification (i.e. microchip or tattoo).

18.  Members are encouraged, when breeding dogs, to adopt as a minimum standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme, and are encouraged to consider applying to join the Scheme.

Breach of the 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.

Breeders’ Statement

As a Breeder

I undertake to abide by Kennel Club rules and regulations and at all times to act to the best of my ability with the interests of the breed at heart.  To this end, I will endeavour to breed with sound typical stock of reliable temperament likely to produce good Lhasa Apsos.  I will not breed unless I can give proper attention to both the dame and to the puppies and I will make every effort to see that future owners are suitable in every way and fully informed about the character and needs of the breed.  I will not breed from stock that is too young (bitches not to whelp under 18 months), too old or suffering from known hereditary defects. I will take care that my stud dogs are only used on suitable bitches. I will not sell puppies under 8 weeks or age. Bitches bred from at two consecutive seasons shall then be rested for 12 months. I will support any Kennel Club and/or British Veterinary Association (BVA) schemes that the Club may join to combat hereditary defects in the breed.

I understand that all dogs used for breeding should be registered with the Kennel Club, and that all puppies should either be registered or future owners made aware of the full implications of non-registration.

I undertake to provide all purchasers of my puppies with full information on their previous upbringing and future care, to be available for advice when needed, and in the event of necessity of rehoming to do what I can to help. If I am unable to help personally, I will seek the assistance of the breed welfare services.

I will not knowingly sell to commercial wholesale dealers, retailers or laboratories, nor will I allow puppies to be used as raffle or competition prizes or to be offered for sale by auction.

As a member, I will try to work with others in the breed to put preservation and advancement of the breed above personal ambitions.

I understand that any breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from the Club, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club, and/or reporting to relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.