Code of Ethics

  • I agree to follow the regulations as set forth by the American Kennel Club as they pertain to my purebred dog operations
  • I agree to abide by and uphold the principles of the Constitution and By-Laws and this Code of Ethics of the American Shih Tzu Club, Inc.
  • I will furnish a signed registration application, transfer or AKC limited registration certificate and 3 generation pedigree with each puppy sold. I may have a written agreement with the purchaser at the time of the sale that papers will be withheld.
  • I will encourage spaying or neutering of animals not desirable for breeding.
  • I will not sell my puppies to pet shops or commercial pet mill establishments, nor will I donate puppies for raffles or auctions.
  • I will not crossbreed or advertise for sale puppies that have been crossbred.
  • I will not give stud service to unregistered bitches.
  • I will advise the purchaser of my puppy to have the puppy checked by a veterinarian within 2 days (48 Hours) of the sale (additional time allowed if the puppy is sold on a Friday or Saturday). I will refund the purchase price or take the puppy back and replace it, if it is found to be unfit by a veterinarian.
  • Except for unusual situations, I will not sell my puppies at less then twelve (12) weeks of age.
  • I will maintain the best possible standard of health and care in all of my dogs and see that puppies are immunized and checked for parasites. I will furnish complete health record, care, feeding, and grooming instructions with each puppy sold.
  • I will attempt to sell my pet puppies within the range of other breeders in my area.
  • In my breeding program I will keep alert for and work to control and/or eradicate inherited problems and conditions that are particular to my breed, and breed as closely to the standard of the breed.
  • I will represent my dogs as honestly as possible to prospective buyers and try to assist the serious novice in his understanding of the breed.
  • I will try at all times to show good sportsmanship and keep in mind that the good of the breed comes before any personal benefits.
  • I will refrain from deceptive or erroneous advertising.