The Dalmatian Club of America
Recommended Practices for Owners, Handlers, and Breeders
I. Introduction and Purpose
These guidelines are presented with the full realization
that ethics cannot be legislated, and that most individuals desire and
intend to do what is right. The purpose of these guidelines, therefore,
is to set forth principles of practice that the Dalmatian Club of America
would have all its members and those associated with Dalmatians adhere
to as they strive to accomplish the club's goals and purposes so clearly
stated in the Bylaws. These guidelines present the minimum in ethical practices;
how best to conform to these practices is better left to the educational
efforts of individuals and regional clubs.
In keeping with my membership in the Dalmatian
Club of America and my dedication to further its stated purposes, I hereby
pledge to the following practices:
1. To ensure that all dogs in my care are provided
adequate food, shelter, human companionship, and medical care.
2. To become educated in the fundamentals of owning,
breeding, and exhibiting dogs.
3. To understand the basic laws of genetics, the standard
of the breed, and the difference between the correct and the incorrect
before attempting to breed.
4. To register all breeding stock with the American
Kennel Club, and to keep complete, true and accurate records of all matings,
litters, and pedigrees.
5. To follow good business practices and ethics in
sales and breeding contracts and to honor all agreements. Written agreements
6. To refrain from breeding unless there is strong
assurance that a sufficient number of homes are available for the resulting
puppies and to be willing to accept the return of unwanted dogs produced
by my brood bitch or sired by my stud dog.
7. To ensure that no female will be bred before reaching
18 months of age nor before her second season and that no female will be
bred after she has reached 8 years of age. To ensure that no male will
be bred before he has reached one year of age.
8. To be extremely discriminating when considering
the acceptance of bitches for breeding to my stud dog, especially those
whose owners have not pledged to adhere to these guidelines.
9. To ensure that the hearing status of all puppies
and breeding candidates is known and taken into consideration in all breeding
decisions. To ensure that all bilateraly deaf puppies produced by my brood
bitch or sired by my stud dog are humanely euthanized as soon as the condition
is detected and confirmed.
10. To transfer puppies only after they have reached
at least seven weeks of age, to provide at least a three generation pedigree,
and to ensure that the buyer has the physical facilities to properly care
for a Dalmatian.
11. To appropriately use A.K.C. limited registration
for puppies that are not of breeding quality. To avoid sales agreements
which include "puppy back" clauses that may encourage unnecessary breeding.
12. To ensure that puppies and adults produced by my
brood bitch or stud dog are never knowingly sold or consigned to pet stores,
wholesalers, or commercial dealers. To not knowingly supply dogs for raffles,
auctions, giveaways, prizes, or other such projects.
13. To recognize that careful follow-up of all genetic
defects is the responsibility of the owners of both the sire and dam of
14. To ensure that all advertising is factual and not
misleading. To never engage in malicious criticism and to separate fact
from fiction before repeating comments heard from others.
15. To adhere to rules of the A.K.C. while exhibiting;
to practice the principles of good sportsmanship; and to consider competitors
as a challenge, not a threat.
16. To ensure that while engaged in the art and science
of judging, that I will be influenced only by the quality of the animals
to be judged.
17. To always ensure that my actions are directed toward
the best interests of the Dalmatian breed, the Dalmatian Club of America
and the American Kennel Club.
Unanimously approved by the D.C.A. Board of Governors
Approved by the D.C.A. Membership 7/11/94
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