Breeder Code of Ethics

The breeder shall at all times breed for the improvement of the West Highland White Terrier as exemplified by the AKC standard.

The breeder shall only use for breeding adults which are of sound temperament and are free from hereditary defects. In addition, if a dog or bitch produces offspring with the same serious defect detrimental to the animal’s well-being, such as blindness, deafness, lameness or impairment of the vital functions, from litters by three different mating partners, the member owning that dog or bitch will refrain from further use of the animal for breeding. The breeder shall breed only healthy, mature bitches (preferably after one year of age and after their first season); allow proper spacing between litters (it is recommended that no bitch be bred more than two times in succession); urge bitch purchasers to spay those which for any reason will not be used for breeding; and properly safeguard unspayed bitches from unplanned matings.

The breeder shall breed only when he is in a position to adequately care for the bitch and the litter and to house the puppies for at least four months or longer, if necessary, with the plan of keeping at least one puppy for himself. Stud service shall be refused to any bitch that is unregistered, and to any bitch considered to be in poor health, of unsound temperament, or exhibiting serious hereditary faults. Nor shall a dog be used at stud that exhibits these failings. In the event that a mating cannot be accomplished with the stud contracted, no substitution of studs shall be made without the prior consent of the owner of the bitch.

The breeder shall maintain a reasonable price for puppies and adults within the current price range for the breed, based on individual quality.

The breeder shall not sell or donate dogs or puppies to commercial dog wholesalers or retailers, or unethical breeders, nor to any buyer where there is reason to believe that the puppy or dog will not be properly cared for. Further, the breeder shall not buy or sell in litter lots. 

Buyer Information
The seller shall inform the buyer of the characteristics of the breed and supply written instructions on feeding and maintenance of the particular dog being sold, and shall make available to the novice the benefit of his advice and experience.

The seller shall inform the buyer of any known defects or disqualification’s prior to sale and any puppy known to have a defect detrimental to the breed shall be sold only without papers or under the condition that it be spayed or neutered and the papers withheld until such condition is met.

The breeder shall fairly represent to the purchaser any stock offered for sale, and will not use misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising. Advertising shall be in good taste, restrained, and without derogatory remarks made or hinted concerning the methods, animals, or reputations of other breeders.

No puppy shall be released prior to eight weeks of age and properly weaned, inoculated, and determined to be free of internal and external parasites. Each dog sold shall be accompanied by a current health certificate and /or a written record of all medical treatment within the preceding year and should include a recommendation as to when to consult a Veterinarian for further immunization.

If, within forty-eight (48) hours of sale, a dog is determined by a licensed Veterinarian to be in ill health, the cause of which is clearly attributable to the seller, the dog may, upon presentation of a written diagnosis from said Veterinarian, be returned for refund of purchase price or for another dog of equal value, the choice of which to be determined by the seller. In addition, if the dog should develop a major communicable disease (i.e., distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis) within ten (10) days from date of sale, the seller must be notified immediately and will provide instructions for refund or replacement as specified above. Any Veterinarian’s diagnosis shall be subject to confirmation by a Veterinarian chosen by the seller. Should said Veterinarian not concur with the diagnosis, the matter shall be presented to a third Veterinarian mutually agreed upon by the seller and the purchaser. 

Registrations, Pedigrees and Contracts
The seller shall furnish the buyer of a dog with at least a three-generation pedigree, certified to be correct to the best of his knowledge.

Registration papers, litter registration papers, or transfer forms are to be in the possession of the buyer within three months from the date of sale or given upon final payment of the dog unless delayed by the registering kennel club. While certificates are pending, registration data (whelping date, registered names and numbers of the sire and dam, and breeders name) will be provided. No dog shall be sold until after litter registration application is made to the registering kennel club or handled in accordance with the registering kennel club rules. Exceptions shall be made only where papers are to be withheld by common written consent. When financial or breeding agreements are made between buyer and seller, they should be in the form of a written contract.

To avoid misunderstandings and for the protection of both buyer and seller, the use of sales contracts is strongly recommended to cover any guarantees or agreements relative to the sale, with signed copies for each party involved as well as the AKC. NOTE: Under AKC rules (Chapter 3, Section 6) all forms necessary for registration MUST be completed and supplied unless agreed otherwise in written, signed statements.

All members of the West Highland White Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will reflect credit upon themselves and upon the breed, regardless of the location or circumstances. Members shall bear in mind at all times that all competition of dogs is a SPORT!!! Good sportsmanship shall be expected from both winners and losers, in and out of the ring.