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Rottweiler Club of Queensland Inc,.

CODE OF ETHICS

INTRODUCTION:

OWNERS AND ADMIRERS OF ROTTWEILERS ARE BENEFICIARIES OF A LEGACY HANDED ON AND CREATED BY THE CONCERN AND CARE OF PAST OWNERS AND BREEDERS. TO PRESERVE THIS LEGACY, IT IS NECESSARY TO STATE THIS CODE OF ETHICS, WHICH SHOULD BE EMBRACED BY ALL AND TO WHICH AS WE THE ROTTWEILER CLUB MEMBERS SUBSCRIBE.

THE ROTTWEILER IS ABOVE ALL A WORKING DOG AND MUST EXHIBIT THE TEMPERAMENT, INTELLIGENCE AND STRUCTURE OF A WORKING COMPANION. THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE AND CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD BE LAID OUT IN THE FCI BREED STANDARD. EMPHASIS SHALL BE PLACED UPON QUALITIES OF CHARACTER OF THIS BREED AS WELL AS APPEARANCE. THERE EXISTS CONSTANT DANGER THAT DISREPUTABLE OR UNIFORMED BREEDERS MAY, BY IMPROPER PRACTICES, PRODUCE PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY OR TEMPERAMENTALLY POOR SPECIMENS TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE BREED AS A WHOLE. THE FOLLOWING CODE OF ETHICS EXPRESSES THE CONCERN AND CARES ALL RESPONSIBLE ROTTWEILER OWNERS SHOULD FEEL FOR THIS GREAT BREED.

EACH MEMBER, UPON SIGNING AN APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OR RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP OF THE ROTTWEILER CLUB OF QUEENSLAND SHALL BE BOUND BY THE R.C.Q. CODE OF ETHICS, AS SET OUT BELOW

AS A MEMBER OF THE ROTTWEILER CLUB OF QUEENSLAND, I AGREE:

(A) TO CONDUCT MYSELF AT ALL TIMES WITH COURTESY TOWARDS OTHERS AND IN A MANNER THAT WILL REFLECT CREDIT ON MY BREED. TO CO-OPERATE WITH AND TO PARTICIPATE IN ASSISTING THE CLUB TO PROTECT THE ROTTWEILER BREED.

(B) TO READ AND FAMILIARISE MYSELF WITH AND ABIDE BY ANKC RULES AND REGULATIONS AND THE BREED STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.

(C) ENSURE THAT ALL DOGS UNDER MY CARE AND CONTROL ARE PROVIDED WITH ADEQUATE FOOD, WATER, SHELTER AND PROPER HOUSING. PROVIDDE A SECURE HOME AND NOT ALLOW DOGE UNDER MY CARE TO ROAM AND WHEN AT LARGE, ENSURE THAT THEY ARE KEEP FULLY LEASHED OF UNDER EFFICTIVE CONTROL. PROVIDE PROPER VETRINARY CARE WHEN REQUIRED.

(D) PROVIDE EXERCISE AND SOCIALISATION FOR ANY DOG UNDER MY CARE. I REALIZE THAT MENTAL HEALTH INCLUDES REGULAR CONTACT WITH PEOPLE AND EXPOSURE TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

AS A BREEDER I SHALL:

(A) ENSURE THAT ALL BREEDING STOCK COMPLY EITH THE REQUIREMENTS SET FOR THE CONTROL OF HEREDITARY DISEASES AND ELIMINATION OF DISQUALIFYING FAULTS AS LISTED IN THE FCI STANDARD FOR THE ROTTWIELER BREED. ONLY BREED FROM STOCK WHICH ARE MENTALLY STABLE, AND DISPLAY THE CORRECT CALM SELF CONFIDENT CHARACTER SO DESIRED IN THE ROTTWEILER BREED.

(B) BITCHES SHALL NOT BE BREED WITH BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE OF 22 (TWENTY-TWO) MONTHS OF AGE. BITCHES MUST BE 24 (TWENTY-FOUR) MONTHS OF AGE BEFORE THEY WHELP. A BITCH SHALL NOT BE BREED FROM MORE THAN TWICE IN ANY SUCCESSIVE 12 (TWELVE) MONTH PERIOD. IN AN EVENT THAT A BITCH IS BRED TWICE IN A 12 (TWELVE) MONTH PERIOD, THEN IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE BITCH BE BREED FROM FOR A PERIOD OF 12 (TWELVE) MONTHS AFTER THE SECOND LITTER. NOT TO MATE ANY BITCH AFTER SHE TURNS 8 YEARS OF AGE.

(C) I WILL NOT BREED MY REGISTERED BITCH TO ANY UNREGISTERED DOG, OR DOG ON A LIMITED REGISTER, OR TO ANOTHER BREED.

(D) NOT TO SELL DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO ANY COMMERCIAL, WHOLESALE OR RETAIL PET DETAILERS, NOR SHALL I KNOWINGLY PERMIT A DOG TO BE ADVERTISED, DISPLAYED OR SOLD ON COMMISSION BY A COMMERCIAL DOG WHOLESALER, RETAIL PET DEALER OR AS AUCTIONEER. TO ENSURE THAT ALL PUPPIES ARE SOCIALISED, WOTMED, VACCINATED AND AT LEAST 8 (EIGHT) WEEKS OF AGE BEFORE SALE. TO ENSURE THAT ALL PURCHASERS CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CARE AND WELFARE OF THE BREED AND ARE SUPPLIED WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BRING UP A WELL ADJUSTED ROTTWEILER INCLUDING IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATES, DIETARY INFORMATION AND A COPY OF THIS CODE OF ETHICS. I WILL NOT ALLOW ANY PUPPY TO LEAVE MY PREMISES UNLESS IT HAS BEEN TATTOOED OR MICROCHIPPED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NATIONAL ROTTWEILER COUNCIL (AUSTRALIA) SCHEME.

(E) NOT KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ROTTWEILER.

(F) ABIDE BY THE NATIONAL ROTTWEILER COUNCIL CURRENT HIP DYSPLASIA SCHEME AND ELBOW SCHEME (THE NRCA MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE CURRENT HD SCHEME/ ELBOW SCHEME OR ADOPT ANY NEW HD SCHEME/ ELBOW SCHEME WITH THE APPROVAL OF MEMBER CLUBS) EYE AND MOUTH CERTIFICATES MUST BE OBTAINED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NRCA POLICY.

(G) I WILL ONLY BREED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRODUCING SOUND HEALTHY PUPPIES OF CORRECT CHARACTER AND WITH THE INTENTION OF IMPROVING THE ROTTWEILER BREED AND ONLY IF I HAVE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO ADEQUATELY CARE FOR A LITTER.

(H) KEEP ACCURATE RECORDS OF BREEDING, SALES AND REGISTRATIONS.

AS I A STUD DOG OWNER I SHALL:

(A) I WILL ONLY BREED WITH DOGS NOT YOUNGER THAN 12 (TWELVE) MONTHS OLD, THAT MEETS WITH THE FCI STANDARD AND COMPLIES WITH THE NRCA REQUIREMENTS. I WILL NOT BREED HIM TO A BITCH OF LESS THAN 22(TWENTY-TWO) MONTHS OF AGE AT THE DATE OF THE MATING.

(B) I WILL SATISFY MYSELF AS TO THE SUITABILITY OF THE BITCH FOR BREEDING AND WILL ADVOCATE BREEDING ONLY WITH BITCHES THAT HAVE THE SAME CALM SELF-CONFIDENCE REQUIRED OF THIS BREED.

(C) I WILL ENSURE THE BITCHES’ OWNER HAS ADEQUATE FACILITIES, TIME AND RESOURCES TO RAISE A LITTER.

(D) SHOULD A BITCH FAIL TO CONCEIVE AFTER BEING BRED TO A STUD DOG, A REPEAT SERVICE SHALL BE OFFERED TO THE SAME BITCH IN THE FOLLOWING 12(TWELVE) MONTHS, PROVIDED THAT THE ORIGINAL STUD DOG IS STILL AVAILABLE AND IN GOOD HEALTH, AND AT SUCH TIME AND PLACE AS IS MUTUALLY AGREED TO BY THE OWNERS OF THE STUD DOG AND THE BITCH.

(E) I WILL PROVIDE THE OFFICIAL EVUATION RESULTS AS PER NRCA REQUIREMENTS AND A 3(THREE) GENERATION PEDIGREE TO THE BITCH OWNER.

(F) I WILL NOT PERMIT MY DOG TO BE MATED TO ANY UNREGISTERED BITCH, A BITCH OF A DIFFERENT BREED, OR A BITCH ON A LIMITED REGISTER.

(G) I SHALL VIEW AND RETAIN COPIES FOR OFFICIAL RECORDS, HIP/ELBOW/EYE AND MOUTH CERTIFICATES AND PEDIGREE OF THE BITCH PRIOR TO MATING WITH MY STUD DOG, SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE BITCH DOES MEET THE GUIDELINES SET BY THE NRCA FOR INHERETED DISEASES AND THAT SHE HAS NONE OF THE DISQUALIFING FAULTS AS LISTED IN THE FCI STANDARD FOR THE ROTTWEILER BREED. I SHALL ALSO VIEW THE REGISTRATION PAPERS OF THE BITCH TO ENSURE THE PERSON PRESENTING THE BITCH IS THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE SAID BITCH.

ENFORCEMENT:

I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT UPON WRITTEN RECEIPT OF SUFFICIENT PROOF OF VIOLATIONS OF THIS CODE OF ETHICS, THE ROTTWEILER CLUB OF QUEENSLAND MAY IMPLEMENT DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE.