Effective November 15, 1999
Revised April 14, 2007
Each member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, referred to as the CWCCA shall consider the welfare of the Breed and Club paramount when engaging in any activities involving owning, breeding, leasing, exhibiting, and selling of the Cardigan Welsh Corgis. Acceptance of this Code of Ethics is a condition of membership in the CWCCA.
Section 1. CWCCA members are expected to comply with the following:
- Each member shall take lifetime responsibility to ensure that Cardigans of his/her breeding or ownership are cared for in a safe and healthy environment. Should a Cardigan owner no longer be able to care for the dog, the owner shall take all reasonable steps to secure a new home for the dog. If the owner is unable to complete their commitment to the dog, the breeder shall resume responsibility.
- Each member who contemplates breeding a litter, or who allows the use of his/her stud dog to the same end, shall direct his/her effort toward producing Cardigans of exceptional quality. Members should be forthright and honest regarding their bitch’s or stud dog’s strong and weak points, reproductive record and familial history.
- A member shall not use for breeding a Cardigan showing a serious defect in type, structure, temperament and/or health. Owners of stud dogs shall not accept for breeding a bitch, the reproduction of which is likely to be detrimental to the breed.
- Each member shall make an active effort to become educated with regard to inherited problems particular to the breed. Each member should screen all breeding stock for appropriate hereditary problems.
- A member shall refrain from further use of a Cardigan for breeding if that Cardigan has produced offspring with serious inherited defects detrimental to the animal’s well-being, such as blindness, deafness or impairment of the vital functions, and produces like results with a different mating partner unless such defects can be managed via the use of genetic marker test, judicious breeding and offspring management. In such instances, only superior animals should be bred and only with the informed consent of all participants..
- A member shall not engage in false or misleading advertising or other misrepresentations of his/her Cardigans, nor shall he/she malign his competitors by making false or misleading statements regarding his/her competitors’ Cardigans, breeding practices or person. No photographs shall be retouched to change the appearance of the dog.
- Members are encouraged to use the limited registration as provided by the AKC and/or a signed spay/neuter contract when selling or placing Cardigans not to be used for breeding.
- Each puppy or adult shall be placed or sold in a clean and healthy condition, including appropriate immunization for its age, and shall be at least seven weeks old (unless precluded by state law), namely old enough to make the necessary adjustment to a new home safely. The breeder/seller shall provide each new owner with a health record and written information on the feeding, health care and training of the dog.
- All members should make themselves aware of and comply with their state laws regarding the breeding and selling of dogs.
- Each member of the Club has an obligation to protect the interests of the breed by conducting himself/herself in a manner designed to reflect credit upon himself/herself, the breed and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America.
Section 2. Members are expected to comply with the following rules. Failure to comply with the following may be considered to be action(s) not in the best interests of the Club or Breed. Leasing an animal does not exempt the owner from complying with these rules.
- No member shall breed a bitch to cause her to produce puppies more often than twice in 18 months nor breed her before 12 months of age.
- Blue Merles may be bred to blacks (with or without red or brindle points) only.
- No member shall dispose of a Cardigan in a shelter or pound.
- No member shall engage in the wholesaling of litters of Cardigan Welsh Corgis or the selling of any Cardigan(s) to such places as pet dealers, animal brokers, catalogue houses or commercial sources of distribution, nor supply Cardigans for lottery, raffle or auction.
- When a member places or sells a Cardigan Welsh Corgi on a limited registration as provided by the AKC, the reason(s) for such shall be clearly understood by the buyer, and the breeder/owner shall have a signed statement to that effect. All other puppies or adults shall be registered or eligible for registration with the AKC. All new owners will be provided with appropriate AKC registration documents, pedigree and health record unless otherwise agreed upon in writing and signed by all parties.
- No member shall knowingly exhibit a Cardigan Welsh Corgi in conformation with a disqualifying fault under the AKC-approved Standard for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
- (1) No member shall knowingly exhibit a Cardigan Welsh Corgi in conformation with a condition that renders it ineligible under AKC regulations, including but not limited to a dog which has undergone any of the following procedures to change its appearance by artificial means as set out in Chapter 11, Section 8 of the AKC Rules Applying to Dog Shows.
- The correction of entropion, ectropion, trichiasis, or disichaisia.
- Trimming, removal or tattooing of the third eyelid (nicitating membrane).
- The insertion of an eye prosthesis.
- Correction of harelip, cleft palate, stenotic nares, or an elongated soft palate resection.
- Any procedure to change ear set or carriage other than that permitted by the breed standard (does not include taping puppy ears).
- Restorative dental procedures, the use of bands or braces on teeth, or any alteration of the dental arcade.
- The removal of excess skin folds or the removal of skin patches to alter marking.
- Correction of inguinal, scrotal or perineal hernias.
- Surgery for hip dysplasia, OC.D., patellar luxation and femoral head resection.
- Alteration of the location of the testes or the insertion of an artificial testicle.
- Altering the set or carriage of the tail.
Revised by vote of membership April 2007