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Breeder’s Code of Ethics

Tibetan Terrier Association of America

The Tibetan Terrier Association of America requires that all breeders subscribe to the following Code of Ethics to promote and foster the highest standards among breeders, owners and fanciers, and to encourage sportsmanship and cooperation in the improvement and advancement of UKC registered Tibetan Terriers.


I am familiar with, and follow, the “UKC Kennel Requirements.” I will keep accurate records, and retain those records for a minimum of five years. These records will include: stud service contracts, pedigrees, all litters produced and all dogs/puppies sold. I will use the “Breeder’s Record” that the UKC provides to me to maintain these records.  I will report to the Registration Office of the United Kennel Club, Inc. any person who falsifies a registration, or knowingly misrepresents a pedigree.


·      I shall plan each breeding with the paramount intention of improving the breed.

·      I will select the stud dog and brood bitch with an eye to conformation, temperament, and   versatility, with a careful study of the breed standard and the principles of genetics.

·      I will not breed any male or female until they have reached 2 years of age and have had hips certified (OFA or PennHip) and eyes certified normal (CERF).  I will perform, as required, all necessary genetic testing (PLL, NCL, JRD, et al) to ensure progeny are healthy.

·     Before entering into any breeding arrangement, I will scrutinize the pedigree, conformation, and genetic health of both the sire and dam, keeping in mind the ideal of the breed.  I have an obligation to refuse the breeding if, in my opinion, it is not in the best interest of the breed.

·     As a responsible stud dog owner, I understand that should I refuse a breeding, I will fully explain my reasons to the owner of the bitch.

·     I believe that only those dogs known to be free of serious or disqualifying defects or are deemed “affected” of any heritable disease for which there is either a test or a predisposition in the pedigree should be used for breeding.  I will not breed monorchids, cryptorchids, dogs with vicious or shy temperaments, or dogs with serious defects or disqualifications addressed in their breed standards.

·     As a responsible breeder, I will refrain from using a dog that, although free from serious or disqualifying defects, consistently produces afflicted puppies.

·     I will require the buyers of companion puppies to spay or neuter them.


·     I will maintain high standards of health and care for my dogs, and guarantee the health of my puppies at the time of sale through a minimum of 2 years.

·     I will for the life of the dog make myself available to owners seeking guidance when a dog I have bred or placed becomes ill.




·     I will be discriminating in the sales of my puppies, and concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. My dogs/puppies will not be sold to dog wholesalers or retailers.

·     Upon the sale of a dog/puppy, I will provide the buyer with a properly executed UKC Registration Certificate, diet record, an inoculation and parasite control record, and a health guarantee.

·     I will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least eight (8) weeks old, or ten (10) weeks old if the puppy is to be shipped.

·     If a buyer can no longer keep a dog, which I placed or bred, I will take the dog back. 



·     My advertising of dogs/puppies will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication.




·      I understand that exhibiting dogs is a sport, and that I am expected to express good sportsmanship in all activities including participation in social networking websites.

·      As an exhibitor, I will refrain from unnecessary criticism of other people’s dogs.

·      As a matter of ethics, I pledge to help educate the general public as well as to assist the novice breeder.


This Code of Ethics is intended as an expression of goals for breeders, exhibitors and fanciers. It is not to be construed as a rule or regulation to be enforced by punishment. Breeders are expected to police themselves in a civil and responsible manner.