This Code of Ethics sets forth principles of conduct to be followed by all members of The Rocky Mountain Biewer Club. Each member is charged with the responsibility to uphold, promote and practice the principles set forth in this Code of Ethics with the primary focus being the welfare, improvement and advancement of the Biewer Terrier breed.
Each member of The Rocky Mountain Biewer Terrier Club will consider the welfare of the individual dog and the breed when owning, breeding, exhibiting or selling Biewer Terriers, and will refrain from activities that are contrary to the best interests of the breed and the Club.
Every Biewer Terrier will be provided clean living quarters, appropriate professional veterinary care, proper nutrition, and regular grooming.
Gossip, hearsay, and innuendo regarding another member or their dogs is strongly discouraged. All advertising will be factual and not misleading in any way.
Responsibilities of breeders:
Every breeding will be planned with the intention of improving the breed. Only Biewer Terriers that are physically and temperamentally sound and free of serious defects or disqualifying faults will be used for breeding. Appropriate documentation regarding the results of any health testing will be made available when requested, or honestly disclose that such testing has not been done.
Breeders have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of the breed, and must take responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated. Maintaining a rich and diverse gene pool is critical to the long-term health of the Biewer breed and it is every breeders’ responsibility to place the highest priority on health when making breeding decisions.
Stud dogs and brood bitches will be selected through an evaluation of conformation, temperament, and health with a careful study of the breed standard and principles of genetics. They will not be bred until they are both physically and mentally mature. It is recommended that dogs offered at stud will not be bred prior to one year of age, nor after ten years of age. It is also recommended that bitches will not be bred prior to 18 months of age, nor after six years of age. All breeding animals will be in good health and free of communicable diseases and genetic faults. Dogs that consistently produce puppies with inheritable conditions should not be used for further breeding, even if they are free from serious or disqualifying faults themselves.
Breeders will keep accurate records and retain those records consistent with the requirements of their chosen registering organization. These records will include, but are not limited to Stud service documents, pedigrees, all litters produced, breeding and whelping dates, and all dogs/puppies sold.
Breeders/Sellers must be concerned with the proper placement of the Biewer Terrier, both pet and show potential puppies/dogs, to ensure they are placed in a good home and given proper care. Dogs will not be displayed in public places for the purpose of an immediate sale. No Biewers will be sold to pet dealers, pet stores, pet wholesalers, or pet brokers either singly or in litter lots. Biewers will not be offered as raffle or contest prizes, or any other type of giveaway or auction.
All advertising of dogs/puppies will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication, as to registration, health, pet/show quality, and spay/neuter requirements.
All Biewer Terriers sold should be in good health and of a suitable age to leave the litter (12 weeks is the minimum recommended age). To the best of the breeder’s/seller’s knowledge, all Biewers sold will be healthy, free of communicable disease, and internal and external parasites.
The seller should provide written instruction on feeding, care, training and grooming, and medical records including dates and types of vaccinations and wormings.
Enforcement and Discipline:
Failure to comply with the Code of Ethics will subject a member to disciplinary action. Discipline under this code will be based upon procedures as provided in Article X of the By-Laws of the Rocky Mountain Biewer Terrier Club. Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the interests of the breed or the Club.
Acceptance and Agreement with the Code of Ethics:
Membership in The Rocky Mountain Biewer Terrier Club automatically obligates the member to this Code of Ethics. Each member will be provided with a current, dated copy of the Code of Ethics before their membership becomes effective.
Accepted by the Membership on September 7, 2018