FBCNSW Code of ethics

1.___I shall ensure that at all times the dogs under my control are properly housed, fed, watered, regularly wormed and kept in good condition. All dogs shall receive proper veterinary attention if and when required.

2.___I shall not allow any dogs under my care to roam at large and when in public I will ensure they are under effective control at all times. I will ensure that my dogs are kept in a secure and fully fenced environment.

3.___I shall only breed for the purpose of maintaining or improving the quality and health of the breed, which may include participation in hereditary diseases programmes.

       a) I shall not breed from any bitch before she is twelve (12) months of age.

       b) I shall not breed from the same bitch more than two (2) consecutive seasons without a twelve (12) month break (the                 definition of ’breed’ means date of mating).

       c) I will not breed more than 4 litters from any individual bitch.

4.___I will not breed from any male under twelve (12) months of age.

5.___I shall not advertise any male for stud purposes until the dog has been health screened over the age of twelve (12) months and has obtained all the relevant health certificates required for the breed at the time.

       Recommended Breeding Practices

       a) In line with the breed standard, it is not recommended to breed from any dog exhibiting severe respiratory distress.

       b) X ray spines for major defects prior to breeding.  Defects include hemi-vertebrae, kinks and distortions of the spine. 

       Screening for long term stability of the spine.

       c)   X ray for hip dysplasia prior to breeding.   For breeding purposes spine and hip x rays should be taken when the dog           is over 12 months of   age.

       X rays should be submitted and scored under the French Bulldog scheme or by a nationally recognised scheme.  For                 breeding purposes spine and hip x rays should be taken when the dog is over 12 months of age.

       d)  X ray and screen puppies spines prior to sale.

       e)  DNA test for hereditary cataracts.

6.___I shall not permit any of my pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross bred dog or to an unregistered dog of the same breed.

7.___I shall not knowingly register progeny on the Main Register which does not conform to the breed’s accepted colours at the time of registration.

8.___I shall not transfer from my care any puppy under eight (8) weeks of age. All puppies must be vaccinated and microchipped in compliance with relevant State regulation, prior to leaving the kennel.

9.___I shall approve of all persons acquiring dogs from me and ensure that they clearly understand their responsibility for the care and welfare of the French Bulldog breed and that they have the time and adequate facilities to properly care for their dogs.

10.___I shall provide to all purchasers of dogs or dogs placed by me, written details of all health issues, dietary, worming and vaccination requirements as well as pedigree registration details.

11.___As a breeder I shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, nor falsely advertise or mislead any person regarding the health or temperament of any of my dogs. I shall also provide ongoing support and advice to purchasers of my dogs.

12.___I shall not knowingly sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or brokers directly or indirectly. I shall not allow my dog/s to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.

13.___I shall not act as an agent for nor sell dogs on behalf of a non-club member.

14.___In the event that I can no longer keep my French Bulldog for whatever reason and I am having trouble rehousing my dog/s, I shall notify the breeder or The French Bulldog Club of NSW for assistance in rehoming.