1.  CONDUCT OF MEMBERS and MEMBERS RELATIONS

 

(a) Members are encouraged to participate in the Project for the promotion, enhancement and enjoyment of the breed through education and sharing of information and participation in Project activities. The Project therefore advocates a code of conduct for its members that is befitting and based on-principles of honesty, integrity and pride and encourages relations between members and any interested parties accordingly.

 

(b) Members should always conduct themselves in an honourable and professional manner at organised shows and club events or promotions and should exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.

 

(c) Members shall not denigrate any other member or member's kennel/and or their dogs.

 

(d) To assist in a positive reflection on our breed, members are encouraged in a constructive and positive manner, to

      (1) share expertise

      (2) encourage and support newcomers to the breed

      (3) seek out and strive to keep abreast of the latest information in relation to health and care aspects of the breed.

 

2.   HEALTH AND WELL BEING AND CARE OF DOGS

 

(a) Encourage training activities puppy socialisation classes, obedience training, show training or or any other suitable work appropriate for the development and mindset and wellbeing, of the breed.

 

(b) Members should commit to providing good and proper nutrition, regular and preventative health care and to supplying adequate housing indoors and outdoors and maintain a positive, caring environment on a daily and ongoing basis.

 

(c) Members should be restricted to having no more dogs than their local Council allows and that may be properly cared for in terms of nutrition, health care, socialization and facilities.

 

(d) Members should at all times have control of their dog(s). No member should place any other person or animal at risk or place their dog(s) in potentially dangerous situations, which might result in serious trauma.

 

(e) Members, having due regard for their dog(s) and for the general public, shall make every effort to prevent dogs from roaming unsupervised, causing a nuisance or to be picked up and placed in an animal shelter situation.

 

3.   BREEDING AND RELATED MATTERS

 

Breeders shall breed for the specific purpose of developing and improving the breed whilst maintaining their type, health and temperament. They are to do this in accordance with the Lykos Breed Advisors set forth by the Project.

 

a) Ensure that appropriate health checks/measures have been taken prior to mating.

 

(b) Ensure that all breeding stock be x-rayed for evidence of hip and elbow dysplasia (min 12 months of age) and that the x-rays plates be submitted for scoring under an approved Australian Canine Hip & Elbow Dysplasia scoring scheme.

 

(c) Give priority to those animals assessed for breeding that have obtained scores that do not exceed the maximum of 5 on any one hip.Understand that a lowest grade possible is preferred.

 

(d) Give priority to those animals assessed for breeding that have obtained a maximum elbow grade of 1:1.  Understand that a grade of 1:1 represents a greater risk of elbow dysplasia, with to 0:0 grade elbows preferred.

 

(e) DNA test dogs for their Breed Profile listing, such as MDR1 and DM with an all clear result (no carriers).

 

(f) Breeders shall identify as temperamentally sound by way of the Project's Temperament Test Scheme and assessed by NDTF qualified behaviourist.

 

(g) Will refuse to breed from dogs or bitches that are (a) of an unauthorised breed, (b) known to have obvious hereditary/genetic defects.

 

(h) Breeding shall be carefully planned and must be carried out selectively in an attempt to reduce as much as possible hereditary disease and develop the desired type of the Lykos breed.

 

(i) Breeders shall understand the strengths and weaknesses of their stock and be responsible in regards to improving such as well as breeding for health.

 

(j) Breeders should co-operate with the collection of data on hip and elbow status and health status of breeding stock to assist in the establishment of a national pedigree/health database and be proactive in introducing accredited recommended measures to assist in breeding programs ie: DNA testing and data collection etc.

 

(k) Breeders should not mate a bitch prior to 18 months of age and ensure that the last litter shall be whelped before the bitches 7th birthday, except under exceptional circumstances with veterinary approval. Ensure that no bitch shall be bred from in any way that is deleterious to the bitch or the breed.

 

(l) It is not recommended to breed from the same bitch in consecutive seasons. Should a mating of this nature take place it should be only in the most exceptional of circumstances and be accompanied by a letter of approval from a vet and be submitted to the Project before mating is carried out.

 

4. SALES

 

(a) A breeder should sell dogs with true representation of information and must not engage in misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising. Dogs on the foundation register must be advertised as such and not as purebred Lykos.

 

(b) No breeder should sell puppies or adult dogs to any known retail or wholesale outlet.

 

(c) Breeders must be discriminating in the sale of puppies or dogs and be concerned with the type of home/environment in which the animal is to be placed.

 

(d) No puppy should go to it's new home before 8 weeks of age, and must be micro-chipped and vaccinated at 6 weeks of age.

 

(e) A buyer should be supplied with a Certificate of Registration, microchip information and transfer and the diet sheet of the puppy as well as its vaccination record. This should also include information on any other veterinary care that the dog may have received and instructions on the care feeding, exercise and training requirements of the dog.

 

(f) No member shall knowingly export or assist in the export of a dog or dogs to any country that does not have legislation for the protection of animals.

 

(g) Breeders should try to keep in contact with the progress of the dog(s) of his or her breeding.

 

(h) Breeders should be prepared to take back any dog(s) of his or her breeding or be instrumental in the re-homing of the dog at any time throughout the dog(s) life.

 

(i) A breeder will guarantee the health of his stock - at the very least - being subject to a vet examination within 48 hours of the sale.

 

(j) Members of the Project will ensure that neither directly nor indirectly shall any dog to be given as a prize or donation in any contest of any kind.

 

(k) Breeders should provide the purchaser of a puppy with a "Contract of Sale" which clearly defines the differences between the Full and Foundation Register of dogs and in accordance the Project's reglations. The contract will also state on which register the puppy has been placed and any other obligation that the purchaser is required to fulfil regarding ownership of the puppy.

 

(l) Breeders who engage a purchaser in a contractual agreement over the sale of an animal are required to honour the contracts they engage themselves in, being sure that both parties understand all requirements and all clauses prior to signing.

 

(m) Breeders should keep accurate records of breeding and or stud service and should register all puppies with the Project.

 

(o)  Puppies must be raised in a clean, warm environment, well socialised from birth and free of any parasites.

 

5. NOTE

 

Any member failing to observe any provision of the Code of Ethics as determined by a Special Meeting of the Project's Breed Advisors and be dealt with accordingly.

 

I hereby understand the code of ethics and agree to abide by them at all times:

 

 

Signed: .....................................................................................   Dated: ..................................................................................

 

 

Name: .......................................................................................  Address: ...............................................................................

 

 

State: ........................................................................................  Email: .....................................................................................

 

 

Telephone Number/s: .................................................................................................................................................................

 

 

Please provide a copy of your driver's licence or any other proof of identity.

Code of Ethics