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.
To display good sportmanship at all times, both in the ring and at all Club functions, and in conjunction with this, no Club member shall degrade or berate any other member, their kennel or their participation in Club activities in all forms of communication including and not limited to social media.
I will refrain from deceptive or erroneous advertising.
Effective January 1, 2022