Code of Ethics
CODE OF ETHICS
The rules of The British Chihuahua Club stipulate that membership of the Club shall imply
acceptance of the Club's Code of Ethics. These were originally drawn up by the Club
and embodied in our Rules, but have since been revised at the direction of The Kennel Club
who require that all Breed Clubs must adopt The Kennel Club's own Code of Ethics, with
such variations as are approved by them.
The Committee have received approval from The Kennel Club for inclusion
of those clauses from our original Code of Ethics which did not appear in The Kennel Club's
code, and all members of The British Chihuahua Club are required to abide by the combined
Code of Ethics as shown below.
THE BRITISH CHIHUAHUA CLUB GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of The British Chihuahua Club 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 required.
- 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 docked illegally.
- 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.
- With effect from 6 April 2016 it is law for all dogs over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped
- will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being
- 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 circumstances change;
- 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 immediately available;
- 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.
In addition to the above Kennel Club provisions, members
- shall not mate any bitch that is less than 12 calendar months of age;
- shall not mate a bitch aged more than 8 years of age;
- shall not mate a bitch after it has had 4 litters. As from the 1st January
2012 The Kennel Club will not register more than 4 litters from each bitch;
- shall not sell, or allow to leave their premises, puppies which are less than
12 weeks of age;
- shall not have more than two cæsarian sections on any one bitch and these
must not be on two consecutive seasons. As from 1st january 2012 The Kennel Club
will no longer register puppies born either by cæsarian section or naturally from
any bitch which has previously had two such operations;
- shall not mate any bitch for more than two consecutive seasons.
- No member shall knowingly abandon any dog, bitch or puppy.
Breach 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.