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- Membership is acceptance of the Code of Ethics below.
- Membership is by invitation from the Committee or by application to the Club or a Committee Member.
- All Membership acceptance is by majority vote of the Committee.
- The Committee reserve the right to refuse membership.
- The Committee reserve the right to amend members based on a majority vote of the Committee
- Any reported breach of the Code of Ethics and/or the Club's aims and goals may result in a membership termination by the Committee.
- Any other Club decisions will be via a majority vote of Australian members.
- New Zealand members - will be entitled to full membership.
- International Members - will not have access to litter notices, profile page, or voting privileges.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Dogue de Bordeaux is above all a working dog, and as such, he must display the temperament, structure, and intelligence of a working companion. The Dogue d Bordeaux physical appearance, temperament, and faults are as described in the Standard (i.e.; the FCI Standard).
Club: The Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia.
Control: Australian National Kennel Council
Member: Accepted current member of The Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia
HD: Hip Dysplasia
ED: Elbow Dysplasia
1. As a Dogue de Bordeaux Owner and Member I shall:
(a) Ensure that all dogs under my care and control are provided with adequate food, water, shelter, proper housing, and receive proper Veterinary care if and when required.
(b) Provide exercise and socialisation for any dog under my care.
(c) Provide a secure home for any dogs under my care and not allow dogs under my care to roam and when at large, ensure that they are kept fully leashed or under effective control at all times.
(d) Ensure that any person acquiring a dog (owned or co-owned) from myself (or co-owner) clearly understands their responsibility for the care and welfare of the dog, and that they have the time and facilities (i.e.; adequate fences, sufficient room, etc.) to perform their obligations.
(e) Provide to all purchasers of dogs sold or placed (owned or co-owned) by myself (or co-owner) written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements and/or appropriate publication relating to such requirements and responsible dog ownership.
(f) Not sell directly or indirectly any dog owned (or co-owned) by myself to any commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.
(g) Not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the Dogue de Bordeaux.
(h) Not mislead any person regarding the performance of any dog. All advertising pertaining to any dog owned (or co-owned) by a member shall be factual and not worded so as to be misleading.
(i) Ensure that when selling or transferring a dog owned (or co-owned) to another person, that documents as required by the Control will be provided to the purchaser. The member shall also ensure to supply the new owner with a current vaccination certificate signed by a Veterinary Surgeon evidencing that the dog has been immunised against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvo Virus.
(j) Endeavour to train my dogs in some form of basic obedience. Ensure my dogs are under control and not a hazard or nuisance to society, or give the breed a bad reputation.
2. As a Dogue de Bordeaux Breeder and Member I shall:
(a) Breed only for the purpose of improving the standard of the Dogue de Bordeaux and not for the pet market or any commercial purpose.
(b) Abide by the Club’s guidelines for HD and ED.
(c) Not breed from any stud or bitch that has severe faults which would be deterimental to the health and appearance of the offspring.
(d) Not breed from any stud or bitch that is not in good health. I shall not allow my stud (owned or co-owned) to service any bitch that is unscored, not in good health or displays any severe faults (as per above) .
(e) Not breed from any stud before the age of 9 months and then only if he conforms with the above and has been preliminary hip x-rayed and deemed acceptable by a qualified vet. I will not breed from my stud (owned or co-owned) or allow him to service any bitch who under breeding age as stipulated by the ANKC.
(f) Not breed from any bitch under 12 months old or under the breeding age as stipulated by the ANKC. I shall not breed from any bitch more than twice in any successive 12 month period. In the event a bitch is bred twice in a 12 month period, then under no circumstances will I breed with the bitch for a period of 12 months after the second litter.
(g) Not knowingly or otherwise allow any dogs owned (or co-owned) by me or any dogs under my care to be mated to a different breed, unregistered dog, or cross-bred dog.
(h) Breed discriminately and only if I have the facilities, resources, and the time to care for the litter.
(i) Not sell any Dogue de Bordeaux puppy under the age of 8 weeks and then only if there are no contagious diseases in the kennel and all puppies have been properly vaccinated. Keep accurate records of breeding, sales, and registrations. Ensure all puppy buyers have exact vaccination records and all relevant information pertaining to feeding, training, care, etc.