The Utonagan Society Breeders Code of Ethics 2007
1. All TUS Breeders should accept full responsibility for their puppies for life. Taking back or arranging re-homing for any dog of their breeding. Due to the current RSPCA case, TUS will not endorse any breeder over-dogging themselves. If you are found to be over-dogged and unable to provide adequate diet, care, exercise and health needs, your accreditation will be removed and the relevant authorities contacted.
Any Member/Breeder found to be aiding and abetting the dispersal of stock in order to hinder any welfare investigation, will have their Membership permanently revoked.
2. Please note that MRD has been found in several related Utonagan; some of these dogs are currently being bred from independantly of TUS. With this adding to the, smaller number of, inherited cataract incidences we now have to insist that the BVA's suggestion to eye test every 12 months be compulsory for all Utonagan breeding stock. All TUS registered pups are also required to be litter-screened before leaving the breeder, for the same reason.
3. We ask that all Breeders approach the Commitee for advice on any planned matings before they occur. The Committee have experience and detailed information on all Utonagan lines and the health problems affecting these. We have accurate records detailing which lines do not mix well and the health problems evident, therefore are best placed to advise you on any proposed matings.
4. The Society’s minimum breeding age for a bitch is 20 months of age. However, the Utonagan is known to mature a lot slower than other breeds, and it is hoped that Breeders will carefully assess their bitch's level of maturity to ensure she is ready for the physical, and emotional, stress of pregnancy and whelping, before allowing a mating to occur. Some bitches may not be ready until 3 years of age. Another factor to consider is that Epilepsy, Addison's Disease and Anal Furunculosis have been known to occur as late as 3-4 years of age. If there is evidence of these conditions in your bitches line, it would be advisable to wait as long as possible before breeding from her.
5. TUS, proposed, stud dogs should be assessed by the Committee at 1 year of age. If deemed suitable for breeding purposes (i.e. two fully descended testicles, plus no more than to cosmetic deviations from the Breed Standard) they should then be hip and eye tested.
6. Any dog displaying cosmetic faults, i.e. soft ears, spitz tail, should only be mated to dogs with good ear and tail carriage and from lines strong in these areas. No dog in the breeding programme should display more than two cosmetic faults.
7. Any Breeder who is considering using an unregistered stud dog on a TUS registered bitch, should first fully determine the dog's health and lineage by means of pedigree and, where possible, health test results. They should approach the Committee/Breed Advisor for advice before proceeding with this mating. A full written explanation for or against registration of any resultant pups will be issued to the Breeder regarding the prospective dog.
8. As well as BVA Eye testing for eye disease, all puppies must be vet checked before leaving their breeder.
9. No dog with a highly uneven hip score over the breed’s mean average of 21, should be bred from. If their score is highly uneven - 2/18, 3/18, etc. - caution is needed, so please seek advice.
No dog should be bred from until hip score result is back from the BVA and copied to the secretary. It is not acceptable to breed from your dog based on merely your vet’s assessment of the x-ray plates.
10. In-Breeding, i.e. brother/sister, father/daughter, mother/son, half brother/half sister etc. should not be done, as historically the breed has been too heavily inbred already.
These matings will not be acknowledged by the Society. Any resultant progeny will not be registered.
11. Line Breeding – Any breeder considering mating cousins, grandparent/grandchild, uncle/niece etc., should fully research their lines beforehand to ensure there are no hereditary health problems or conflicting cosmetic faults. You also need to ensure there has been no occurrence of inbreeding, line breeding in the last 3 generations of each dog. Please consult with the Committee/Breed Advisor if you are unsure of your dog's lineage.
12. Breeders should complete change of ownership and membership application forms with each new owner, on collection of their pup. The completed forms and fees should then be forwarded to the Secretary by the Breeder. In order to prevent loss of contact with registered dogs and so that we can monitor health of all TUS puppies, it is a requirement that all pup owners loin TU, or provide us with full contact details.
13. Would all breeders note that any health issues reported to you in relation to pups that you have bred or your own breeding stock, regardless of how old the dog may now be, must be reported to a member of the TUS Committee as soon as possible. This will ensure that health records are accurate and appropriate measures are taken to eliminate health problems within the breed.
Any sub-registered dog will only be considered for entry on the full register if:
This is to ensure we do not allow health-impaired bloodlines into our limited, but healthy, gene pool.
Crossbred puppies will remain on the sub-register for life though, dependent of New Blood element, may be included in the breeding programme, if deemed suitable.