Mission of The Schapendoes Club of Canada
Promote and protect the Schapendoes breed for its qualities as a sheepdog as per its origins while respecting his natural appearance, temperament and health.
Code of Ethics
- Maintain an environment of consistently high standards pertaining to the health and care of the dog(s) while breeding Schapendoes that conform to the tests required by DoesData and the Schapendoes Club of Canada.
- Breeders must keep accurate records of stock, breeding and pedigrees, make them available on their web site and send the information to the club secretary. If the breeder has no web site, he must submit his records to the secretary of the club when he joins the Shapendoes Club of Canada. All records must be entered in DoesData along with all health problems of the breeding dogs and their offspring.
- Not knowingly breed any Schapendoes that do not conform to the tests required by DoesData and the Schapendoes Club of Canada. Dog(s) used for breeding must have been tested before breeding.
- Compulsory Tests:
PRA test: Dog(s) must be free of Progressive Retina Atrophy (eye diseases) by Bloodline or tested if no proof by Bloodline.
Eyes test: Dogs must have been tested for eyes or CERF within 1 year before breeding (with an eyes specialist).
OFA test: hips, cardiac
ATL test: total enzymes (blood test)
Optional Tests: Elbows, Knees, epilepsies, thyroid, retinal deficiency
- To breed Schapendoes that conform as closely as possible to the Canadian Kennel Club Standard for the breed.
- To breed only from stock that is physically and temperamentally sound and to refuse stud service to any bitch that is unregistered or shows obvious defects. The minimum age of reproduction is 24 months for both male and female.
A female can be used for breeding only if at least 10 months have passed since her last pregnancy. A breeder may apply to the Schapendoes Club of Canada for a special exemption to reduce this period of time. A female can be used for breeding to give birth only twice in a period of 24 months.
- Provide extended pedigrees, instructional material and complete health records including a veterinarian certificate, at time of sale.
- All pets must be sold with the Canadian Kennel Club non-breeding agreement and a spay/neuter contract.
- Puppies may be placed in new homes not before 8 weeks of age.
- A written contract detailing the responsibilities and obligations of both parties (buyer and seller) must be used during the sale to protect both parties.
- Not to sell or donate Schapendoes to commercial dog wholesalers, retailers, laboratories or raffles.
- All publicity pertaining to the sale of dogs must be made on the breeders web site, with the CKC, the Schapendoes Club and it’s News Letter or other methods sanctioned by the Club. Classified ads whether in print or on line are proscribed.
- Future owners must be selected carefully. Breeders must verify that these new owners have the aptitudes and capacity to deal with this breed and that they understand the commitment that they are undertaking.
- A breeder who sells a dog for the purpose of breeding accepts the responsibility of being a co-owner/mentor with the new owner for the life of the dog. He must verify that this new owner follows the Code of Ethics of the Schapendoes Club of Canada.
- All breeding procedures should be in writing between the breeder(s) and the buyer(s) to protect all parties.
- Breeders must send the list of all new owners and their puppy’s information to the secretary of the club within 3 months after their puppies have been sold. The information will be entered in DoesData. The “new puppy” membership fee, as set by the club, must be sent to the Treasurer of the club.
- Unethical practices and complaints will be brought before the Board for consideration. Official complaints are to be submitted in writing, as outlined in the by-laws, to the board.
- The members of the Board of Directors of The Schapendoes Club of Canada reserve the right to refuse membership to anyone who does not abide by the Code of Ethics.
“The English texts of this Code of Ethics shall be the official language used when interpretation is required.”