British Utonagan Association

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CWA Policy Statement and Breeders Code of Ethics

The Caledonian Wolfalike Association require that all breeders subscribe to the following Code of Ethics to promote and foster the highest standards among breeders, and to encourage cooperation in the improvement and advancement of CWA registered dogs. They will be required to sign a contract to this effect.

Records:
I am familiar with, and follow, the CWA requirements, I will keep accurate records, and retain those records for a minimum of 10 years. These records will include: stud service contracts, pedigrees, all litters produced and all dogs/puppies sold. I will report to the Registration Office of the CWA any person who falsifies a registration, or knowingly misrepresents a pedigree.

Breeding:
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 ability, with a careful study of the breed standard and the principles of genetics.
I will not breed any male until 18 months of age or any female until 20 months of age.
Before entering into any breeding arrangement, I will scrutinise the pedigree, conformation and potential 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 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 encourage/require the buyers of pet quality puppies to spay or neuter them.
All CWA Accredited dogs MUST be mated with only CWA Accredited Dogs, and/or approved founders in order that puppies will be registered.
All puppies must be microchipped before they leave for their new homes.                                                    

I agree that should one of my puppies need re-homing I will do everything in my power to assist, including taking the puppy back.

My puppies will have lifetime support from me as their breeder.

Health:
I will maintain high standards of health and care for my dogs, and guarantee the health of my puppies at the time of sale.
I will ensure that all dogs used should have a satisfactory hip score and elbow score, if scored after 2009, and be well within the breed average (18), and that they will be BVA eye tested (both a general exam and a Gonioscopy) with results available for CWA and owners of a prospective mate. All endorsements MUST be uplifted with any other health done as stipulated on uplift endorsement.
As of February 2013 ALL breeding dogs must be DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) tested, with results logged with CWA.

Sales:
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.
I will transfer all applicable registration papers at the time the purchase agreement is completed and is agreeable to both parties.
Upon the sale of a dog/puppy, I will provide the buyer with a properly executed CWA Registration Certificate, CWA authorised pedigree, diet advice, an inoculation record, vet check certificate/letter and contract of sale. Puppy will be micro-chipped.
I will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least Eight (8) weeks old

Advertising:
My advertising of dogs/puppies will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication.
I will avoid encouraging buyers regarding the breeding potential of a dog/puppy. I believe breeding dogs involves certain responsibilities, and I will not take it lightly.

Note:
Until this breed is well established dispensation may be granted from CWA panel for a specific mating.