The San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club recognizes its responsibility to preserve and protect the West Highland White Terrier. It further recognizes that the quality and reputation of the breed rests squarely in the hands of its breeders. Therefore, as guidance both to the public and its member breeders, the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club sets forth below certain standards of conduct to be followed by its members. Membership in the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club assumes acceptance of and adherence to this code. Current members and prospective members must sign this Code of Ethics as a condition of membership in the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club.
Members will at all times act in the interest of the breed and in the interest of the well being of individual dogs and in a manner in keeping with the aims and interest of the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club.
As breeders and owners of pure-bred West Highland White Terriers, our aim is to promote and encourage betterment of our breed and to promote pure-bred dogs by observing breed standards and good breeding practices, and to educate the general public as to the aims of pure-bred dog owners and breeders.
As members of the Club, the rules of good sportsmanship and conduct will be observed at all times while in show competition. All rules of the American Kennel Club will be observed as to good conduct in and out of the ring.
We will always be alert to the needs of the novice, helping him to become better acquainted with show ring procedures.
We will accept both our losses and wins gracefully.
We will be considerate of all exhibitors in and out of the ring.
Advertising by members will be as factual as possible. Misleading exaggerations or unfounded implications of superiority will not be used.
Members will refrain from knowingly making unfair or untrue statements about the dogs or practices of others.
We shall be ready to share our knowledge and experience with all Westie fanciers.
No member will knowingly sell a West Highland White Terrier of any age to any pet shop, catalogue house, laboratory, or any wholesale dealer in dogs, or to any person who sells to pet shops, catalogue houses, laboratories, or wholesale dealers (a dealer being a person who regularly buys stock for sale at profit). No member will in any way knowingly aid or abet the sale of any West Highland White Terrier through a pet shop or catalogue house. Members will not knowingly offer stud service to wholesale dealers or to any person involved with pet shops, catalogue houses, or laboratories.
Members will keep their dogs in an environment and under a regime that as far as is possible ensures the well being of the dog.
As members, we will not breed to any unregistered dog, and shall abide by all rules of dog registration as established by the American Kennel Club.
All members will be familiar with the American Kennel Club rules governing record keeping, registration and sale and transfer of dogs and will abide by these rules. Any warranties or other agreements pertaining to the sale of a Westie will be put in writing, with a copy to the buyer.
A member selling an adult dog or puppy which he/she knows to be an inferior specimen of the breed not suitable for competition in conformation classes, or to have a physical condition which indicates that the breeding of the animal would be detrimental to the breed, shall so inform the buyer in writing. The sale shall be made with agreements in writing, signed by both buyer and seller, that the dog is not to be bred, is to be spayed or neutered and that AKC registration papers will be delivered to buyer upon receipt by seller of proof of spaying or neutering.
All breedings will be planned with the aim of improving the breed, with consideration given to type, temperament, health, and soundness. All members will be familiar with the Standard of the breed and will discourage matings between clearly inferior specimens of the breed; stud service will be refused to clearly inferior specimens of the breed. No dog exhibiting a hereditary health defect, unsound temperament or poor health will be bred, except as a test breeding to determine the genetic composition of the mate. Any puppies resulting from test breedings for serious hereditary defects will be placed as in Paragraph 11, unless the puppy is placed for the purpose of test breeding only.
If a dog or bitch produces offspring with a serious defect or genetically transmitted disease, the owner must disclose the information to the prospective breeder or stud owner when negotiating a breeding with another owner.
No member-breeder will breed a bitch unless he/she has the time and facilities to devote proper care and attention to the physical and emotional development of the puppies and to the well being of the dam. No puppy will be placed in a new home before the pup is weaned, tested clear of internal parasites, and had its first vaccination. No member should provide stud service unless he/she is satisfied that the owner of the bitch has such time and facilities necessary for proper development of the pups.
A bitch should never be mated without due regard for her health and well being and that of the puppies.
As members, we will strive to be responsible for each dog that we have bred. Responsibility includes placement in a proper environment, education of new owners, relocation of the dog if needed or if relocation is impossible, humane euthanasia. Owner(s) of the Stud Dog and owner(s) of the Dam share equally in this responsibility. We accept this responsibility with the understanding that once placed, the owner has the primary responsibility for the health and welfare of the dog.
Acceptance of membership in the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club is not an endorsement of a member's breeding program and may not be used as such for any form of advertising or promotion. Failure to observe this condition for membership will be cause for immediate termination of membership.
This Code of Ethics was adopted by the San Francisco Bay West Highland White terrier Club on December 9, 1973 in order to clarify Article I, Section 2 of the Club's Constitution
This Code of Ethics was amended on October 20, 1990 (item number 6).
This Code of Ethics was revised on September 20, 2003.
Members in good standing of the Club should understand that failure to comply with this code will be considered an offense under Article VI, Discipline, of the By-Laws of the Club.