Miniature Pinscher Club of Northern California
|Code of Ethics|
code is established in accordance with the objectives of the Miniature Pinscher
Club of Northern California. (MPCNC). It is presented for the use of MPCNC
members when buying, breeding, selling and exhibiting Miniature Pinschers.
Violations of the MPCNC Code of Ethics will be subject to prompt action under
MPCNC grievance and charge procedures, and may be grounds for expulsion.
1. Abide by the Constitution and
Bylaws of the MPCNC and the rules and decisions of the American Kennel Club
2. Maintain accurate breeding
records, registrations and pedigrees, never knowingly falsify such records. At
the time of sale, furnish a pedigree and AKC registration or transfer documents
to each buyer, unless written agreement is made at the time of sale that the
papers are being withheld.
3. All services and sales
arrangements shall be mutually agreed upon and should be stated in writing,
signed by all parties involved, including all adjustments, replacement
4. Maintain the best possible
standards of canine health, cleanliness and care, and see that puppies are
immunized and checked for parasites. Not place puppies under eight weeks of age
in a new home. Furnish a complete written health record and care and feeding
instructions with each puppy or adult sold. Prospective buyers will be screened
as thoroughly as possible to determine their intent, as well as their ability
and interest in providing safe, adequate, loving environment and long-term
relationship with a puppy or adult dog.
5. Be familiar with the Miniature
Pinscher Breed Standard and honestly evaluate the structural and mental
qualities of each Miniature Pinscher sold. No dog will be sold as a "show
dog" or "show prospect" with any known disqualifying faults at
the time of sale. Maintain prices as not to be injurious to the breed or other
members. It is strongly recommended that all puppies and adults sold as pets be
spayed/neutered by the seller and/or purchaser. This should be specified in the
written sales contract, and seller will promptly release registration forms upon
receipt of a veterinarian's certification of such spaying or neutering.
6. No Miniature Pinscher shall be
sold to commercial facilities; research laboratories; pet shops; brokers who
purchase litter lots or individuals for re-sale to pet shops or other commercial
facilities, puppy mills or their agents. Miniature Pinschers will not be offered
for raffles, auctions or as prizes in any "give away" schemes.
7. Breed only mature animals in
good health, (bitches should be a year of age), free from communicable diseases
and major genetic faults. Stud service will not be offered to bitches not
meeting these criteria, or to unregistered bitches. No bitch may be bred for
commercial reasons, and no stud dog may be bred to a bitch whose owner is
directly or indirectly involved with puppy mills; brokers who purchase litter
lots or individuals for re-sale to pet shops or other commercial facilities; pet
shops; research laboratories; or other commercial enterprises involved in like
8. Members should not undertake the breeding of a bitch unless they are prepared to keep the resultant puppies until they are suitably placed. Breeders should understand and acknowledge that they may need to take back, or assist in finding a home for a dog they produce at any time in its life should someone become unable or unwilling to keep a dog sold or placed by them originally.
9. Encourage and support the MPCA
Health and Welfare Committee, with specific attention to testing for health
disorders directly relating to Miniature Pinschers.
All advertising shall be
honest and factual as possible, and not be misrepresentative, exaggerated,
fraudulent or misleading. Deceptive or untrue statements about the dogs or
practices of others will not be made.
11. Conduct all affairs in a fair,
honest and ethical manner. Act at all times in a manner which reflects favorably
on the Club, its membership, the sport of purebred dog showing and the Miniature
Pinscher in particular. This includes respect for show sites, hotels and all
other aspects of dog ownership.