Code of Ethics
The Lowchen Club of Canada, recognizing that its responsibility to preserve and protect the breed rests solely with the breeder and owner enthusiasts has approved a Code of Ethics to be followed by its members, a copy of which follows. It further recognized that membership in the Club automatically obligates individuals to this Code of Ethics. Violations shall be reported to a Board of Officers which shall investigate, including interviews and correspondence both with the complainant and the accused, and on the basis of the investigation, direct via registered mail, the member involved to rectify the situation. Any decision may be appealed to a full membership vote. Failure to comply with the directive shall result in immediate expulsion of the member with the subsequent publication of the expulsion to the members of the Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, Dogs in Canada, and wherever else.
CODE OF ETHICS FORMING PART OF ARTICLE XI
1. No member will knowingly sell or abet in the sale of any Lowchen to a pet shop, catalogue house, or wholesale dealer.
2. A member breeder will be familiar with the Canadian Kennel Club rules governing record keeping, registration, and sale/transfer of dogs and will abide by those rules. Any warranties or other agreements pertaining to the sale of a Lowchen will be put in writing with a copy provided to buyer, seller, and, and if required, the Canadian Kennel Club.
3. A member selling a puppy or adult Lowchen which he knows has a physical condition or serious deviation from the Standard which indicates that the breeding of the animal would be detrimental to the welfare of the breed will make the sale subject to a Canadian Kennel Club Non Breeding Agreement, signed by both buyer and seller, that the dog is not to be bred. Additional agreements pertaining to spaying, neutering and/or non breeding of the animal are encouraged.
4. All matings will be planned and aimed at improving the breed. Member breeders will be familiar with the Breed Standard and will do everything in their power to discourage breeding from clearly inferior specimens of the breed, or to any such specimens with their stud dog. No dog exhibiting a hereditary defect, unsound temperament or poor health shall be bred.
5. If a dog or bitch produces off spring 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 of different mating partners, the member owning that dog or bitch will refrain from further use of the animal for breeding, except test breeding when absolutely necessary.
6. No member breeder will breed a bitch unless he/she has the time and facilities to provide proper care and attention to the physical and emotional development of puppies. No bitch shall knowingly be bred before twelve (12) months of age.
7. Advertising by members will be as factual as possible. Misleading exaggerations or unfounded implications of superiority will not be used.
8. Members will refrain from knowingly making unfair or untrue statements about the dogs or practices of others.
9. No Lowchen exhibitor shall ever behave in a way which could bring the breed into disrepute. Good manners and sportsmanship should be exhibited at all times.
10. No private disputes should be voiced at any show, nor should support be sought from other exhibitors on matters which do not concern them.
11. The purchaser of a Lowchen puppy sold by a member shall be informed that the puppy is guaranteed to be free from disabling or congenital defects. Should a defect develop and it is confirmed by two (2) veterinarians that it is a congenital or inherited problem, the vendor guarantees to refund the purchase price and reclaim the puppy or replace it with another puppy, whichever the purchaser prefers.
12. As hereditary and transmissible conditions are discovered in the breed, members are encouraged to have all stock tested prior to breeding.