Code of Ethics

All members of the Irish Red & White Setter Club of Great Britain undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

Club members:

  • Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
  • 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.
  • Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
  • Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
  • Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
  • Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
  • Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
  • Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
  • Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
  • 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.
  • Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

In addition the IR&WSCGB requires that:

  • Club Members will be encouraged to take advantage of any relevant or official scheme devised to test a dog’s soundness.
  • Club Members will at all times conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring discredit to the Breed or Club.
  • Breeders will not allow their bitches to whelp more than once in any twelve month period or have more than three litters during her lifetime. Breeders will ensure that both sire and dam are fully registered with the Kennel Club.  Stud dog owners should use their discretion as to the number of times the dog is used at stud.
  • Breeders will not allow their bitches to whelp under two years of age nor beyond the eighth birthday.
  • Carriers of conditions for which there is a current DNA test need not be excluded from breeding programmes provided all progeny of such matings are DNA tested at the earliest opportunity, any carriers identified and the Genetic Sub-Committee informed. This to hold until control measures agreed with the KC come into effect.
  • Members shall not exhibit dogs/bitches in an unkempt condition, when in full season or when seriously ill, injured or lame.
  • Members shall not exhibit dogs/bitches if unreliable in temperament with people or other dogs/bitches.
  • All exhibitors will act at all times in a polite and sportsmanlike manner and with courtesy to judges, officials and fellow exhibitors alike and will accept decisions made with good grace and dignity.
  • When using social media it is expected that members will not do anything which may be seen to bring the club into disrepute. Members should respect the opinion of others and not engage in offensive, threatening or abusive activity.

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.

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