THE NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING
RETRIEVER CLUB OF UK
GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever of UK
undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
- Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under
their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when
- Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon who
performs 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 operation to the Kennel Club.
- Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which
may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
- Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
- Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been
- Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in
any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
- Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a
nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
- Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and
will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
- Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere
their dogs are being exhibited.
- Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a
happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial
- Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give
guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
- 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
- Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, 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 sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration
certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
- 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.
- Members will, when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum
standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the
Kennel Club's Assured Breeder Scheme. It is strongly recommended that
members who breed should apply to join the Scheme.
- Members should submit breeding stock for KC/BVA Eye and
Hip Scheme and to the Optigen screening test for genetic identification of
pcrd–PRA & CEA/CH prior to mating. Eye tests should be annual and up to
date for breeding stock at the time of each breeding.
- No bitch should be required to have more than four
litters and no bitch should be bred from at successive seasons unless a period
of more than twelve months has lapsed. No bitch should be mated before the age
of two years, nor after the age of eight years, except under special
circumstances. Before a bitch is mated due regard should be given to her
general condition and fitness and, in the case of second or subsequent litters,
her previous breeding history (including ease of whelping) etc.
- All breeding should be aimed at the improvement of the
breed. No Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who is Unregistered should be used
for breeding, as a Brood Bitch or Stud Dog at any time. Members should do
everything in their power to discourage breeding from clearly inferior
specimens and those members who own stud dogs are advised to refuse stud
services to such specimens.
- Officers and Committee members of the Club are always
ready and willing to do their best to help members with any query or problems.
of these 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.
Approved by The Kennel Club –
2nd September 2011