Code of Ethics

All members of the Giant Schnauzer Club undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

Club members:
1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
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 operation 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 being exhibited.
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 change.
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 available.
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 standalone 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.
15. It is recommended that all breeding Stock will be eye tested in accordance with current GSC/KC/BVA advise and have all litters screened by an BVA eye panellist prior to sale. Will provide copies of current certificates and/or Litter Screening forms to puppy buyers and, when requesting to be on the Club’s Breeders List, to the Secretary.
16. Bitches: not to be bred from before 24 months of age.
17. Bitches: not be bred from in consecutive seasons (i.e. litters to be a minimum of 10 months apart).
18. Males: to be 12 months or older before being used at stud (to allow for maturity and temperament to be assessed)
19. It is recommended that all breeding stock will be Hip Scored before breeding.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel
Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

August 2020 addition for Social Ethics