SOUTHERN WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER CLUB
GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS
All members of the Southern West Highland White Terrier
Club undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all
dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and
2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an
operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the
animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations
to the Kennel Club.
3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform
to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful
to the dog or to the breed.
7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance
to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept
leashed or under effective control when away from home.
9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are
10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and
healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances
11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance
concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the
new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to
forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately
13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers
or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a
competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration
certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely
advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Member’s Code of Ethics
15.The Southern West Highland White Terrier Club recognises its responsibility
to preserve and protect the West
Highland White Terrier. Therefore certain standards of ethics are laid out for
the guidance of Members, who should
have read and familiarised themselves with the British Kennel Club Standard
for the Breed.
Membership of the Southern West Highland White Terrier Club assumes acceptance of this Code. Anyone who
knowingly and/or persistently acts in breach of the Code to the detriment of the Breed shall be refused membership,
in accordance with Rule 10 of the Club.
It is expected that members will keep their dogs in an environment and under conditions that as far as possible
ensure the well-being of the dog. Wilful neglect or cruelty to any dog may result in exclusion or expulsion from
membership, subject to the provisions of Rule 10 of the Club.
16.Members should breed only from mature dogs and bitches believed to be clear from known physical and mental
defects of a harmful nature, remembering that the prime concern should be to produce healthy, sound and typical
stock, who will be a credit to the breed. Dogs at stud should not be used for stud purposes before the age of 10
Members are to agree without reservation that any Veterinary Surgeon operating on any of their dogs to correct a
hereditary defect, may report such an operation to the Kennel Club.
Members should sell only those dogs which, to the best of their knowledge, are in good health at the time of sale,
and endeavour to act responsibly when defects do arise.
As a general rule, no bitch should be required to have more than six litters, due regard being given to the number of
puppies whelped and never without due regard for the well-being of the bitch. No bitch should be mated before her
second season and never before the age of 14 months or after the age of 8 years without Veterinary advice. No bitch
should be mated continuously.
No member should breed a litter unless he/she has got the time and facilities to devote proper care and attention to
the rearing of puppies, and to the well being of the dam, no member should provide stud services unless he/she is
satisfied that the owner of the bitch has such time and facilities. In providing stud services to bitches, members are
to ensure that the bitch is sound in wind and limb.
Unregisterable stock should not be used for breeding. Stud service should be refused to unregisterable bitches.
Where the breeder wishes to endorse registration as, for instance, "progeny not eligible for registration", or, "not for
export", then the purchaser must be clearly made aware of these endorsements and their consequences before sale is
17.When selling stock, members should be honest in their dealings with Clients both at home and abroad, putting the
interests of the Breed before profit. New owners should be provided with a minimum three generation pedigree, diet
sheet, completed transfer of ownership form, details of worming and inoculation advice. It is essential that all
relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog to another person.
Puppies and/or adult dogs may not be exported unless Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries & Food (MAFF) guidelines
have been followed regarding age and health regulations for the country of import, and, if age is not specified, never
before the age of 12 weeks.
No dogs should be sold to importers in countries, particularly the Far East, where they are not protected by anticruelty
Laws or where organisations do not exist to combat neglect of animal welfare. If in doubt, the MAFF,
RSPCA or Kennel Club should be consulted. Breeders are also made aware that it is possible to register a puppy
"Not eligible for issue of an Export Pedigree", to help deny registration in any country of importation. Before
selling dogs abroad, members should make every effort to check the credentials of the prospective purchaser
through, for instance, membership of recognised West Highland White Terrier Clubs in the appropriate country, or
through recommendations. It is recommended that importers be known personally to the breeder, and to ensure that
their concern for the welfare of the dog is beyond doubt.
When selling to older prospective owners, the breeder should be aware that commitment to the dog may be of the
order of 15 years, and provision should be made for the dog in the event of the incapacity or death of the owner.
Dogs should not be sold to homes where they will be regularly left on their own for the majority of the day. Interest
in Club membership should be stimulated in non-members.
18.No puppies or adult dogs should be given, loaned or sold to commercial, wholesale or retail dealers, (including
establishments commonly known as "Puppy Farms") nor to laboratories, as raffle prizes, competition prizes nor
donated to a contest of any kind. In addition, stud services should not be made available to such outlets. The outlets
specifically mentioned here are to be similarly avoided whether they deal in several Breeds or just the West
Highland White Terrier, and such avoidance shall apply equally to purchasing from such outlets. Care should be
exercised as to the suitability of future homes, and, where possible, after-sales follow up with interest and advice is
19.No breeder should breed a litter unless he/she is reasonably sure of securing suitable homes for the puppies. No
puppies should leave the breeder before 8 weeks of age.
Members should be aware that they have a commitment to the wellbeing of all the dogs they breed for the whole of
the dog's life. Purchasers should be encouraged to contact the breeder in the event of any problems with the dog.
Members should make every effort to be of assistance in these circumstances. If a dog comes into the care of a
Breed Rescue Scheme, then the Breeder should recognise his/her responsibility to assist the Breed Rescue organisers
in ensuring that the dog is appropriately cared for and re-homed.
Members are advised to keep accurate records of sales, litter, wins etc., for their own benefit and protection.
20.In matters appertaining to "loan of a bitch" or "stud" agreements, members are advised to seek Kennel Club
advice and act accordingly.
21.Members must not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the Breed, nor falsely advertise dogs, nor
mislead any person regarding the quality of the dog. All advertising and publicity/promotional material should be
strictly factual. Wilful misrepresentation in this context is both illegal and contrary to the interests of the Club.
22.Members of the Southern West Highland White Terrier Club are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful
and sportsmanlike manner to judges and fellow members, both inside and outside of the ring. Abusive language and
conduct is especially deemed to be contrary to harmony and good fellowship among members. Serious cases of
misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of Rule 10 of the Club.
23. The Code of Ethics applies to everyone who has agreed to be subject to the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club.
They, whether owner, keeper or in temporary charge of a dog for any purpose, accept their responsibility in that they
i)properly house, feed, water and exercise all dog(s) in their care and arrange veterinary attention if and when
ii)not allow any of their dog(s) to roam at large, or cause a nuisance to neighbours, or those carrying out their
iii)when dog(s) are away from home, ensure that dogs shall wear properly tagged collars, and shall be kept fully
leashed or under effective control;
iv)acknowledge responsibility to clean up after your dog(s) in public places or anywhere their dog (s) are being
24.Special Code from the Kennel Club. Members will inform those accepting their stock that there is evidence of
certain Breed associated conditions for which no current control schemes are available. Details of these conditions,
as it affects member's stock, will be made available to prospective purchasers.