Code of Ethics for the Evergreen Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club
Love and respect of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is implicit in the membership of the Evergreen Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club. Therefore, all members agree to foster the goals set forth in the code of ethics.
1) Responsibilities of members:
a. Read and familiarize yourself with the American Chesapeake Club standard for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever that is approved by the American Kennel Club.
b. Appreciate the unique nature of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and try to develop the characteristics this dog has inherited through selected breeding (intelligence, desire to mark and retriever with style, love of the water and keen scenting ability).
c. Assume the responsibility of proper feeding, maintenance, health care and training at all times.
d. Always conduct yourself in a manner that will reflect credit on yourself and the breed. Refrain from public criticism or malicious degrading of others and their dogs.
e. Never knowingly sell or place a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with unethical persons or those who would not provide proper and humane care to the dog. Refuse to sell any Chesapeake Bay Retriever to any pet shop, wholesale dealer in dogs or to any group that would auction or raffle a dog.
f. Should you become aware of the mistreatment, abuse or need for relocation of any Chesapeake Bay Retriever, make every effort to be of assistance by notifying the breeder of the dog involved, the appropriate local authorities and help in any other way that you are able.
2) Responsible of brood bitch/stud dog: The Evergreen Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club members agree that Health Clearances are vital. Only animals with a minimum of OFA Hips, current Eye clearance, PRA, DM and EIC testing/clear by parentage should be used for breeding.
a. Do not breed Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that are not registered by the American Kennel Club or by kennel clubs not recognized by the AKC.
b. Strive in each breeding to improve the breed according to ACC Breed Standard. Consciously plan each breeding based on parents of appropriate temperament, appearance and other desirable qualities.
c. Be aware of genetic defects which can be harmful to the breed when breeding endeavor to select animals that will reduce the incidence of genetic problems while enhancing the positive attributes and abilities of the breed. Be open with all persons interested in the welfare of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and discuss possible physical or temperament defects in your own stock.
d. Do not breed any bitch that is not mature (never before the second heat) and in good health. Do not allow puppies to go to their new homes until they are at least 8 weeks old.
e. Act responsibly towards all puppies produced by your brood bitch or stud dog for the lifetime of the puppies (we recommend that the breeder encourage the owner to contact him/her if he can no longer keep a dog at any time in the dog's life).
f. Understand that written contracts are strongly recommended for all transactions such as sales, guarantees, co-ownerships, breeding rights agreements, bitch leases, stud services, etc, keep accurate records and pedigrees and give new owners registration papers or forward as soon as possible.
g. Use and promote the use of the American Kennel Club Non-Breeding registration on pet quality puppies that are sold or placed by you.