Code of Ethics
All members of the Weimaraner Club of Great Britain undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
- 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 of 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 operation 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 a 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.
WCGB Breed specific Code of Conduct
- Members will consider the welfare of their dogs and the breed above any personal gain or profit and will take responsibility for any dogs they own.
- **Members will only breed from Weimaraners of sound temperament, which show natural ability and will always strive to produce Weimaraners conforming to the standard as published by the Kennel Club.Weimaraners registered by the Kennel Club as 'colour not recognized by the kennel Club' are not considered to conform to that standard.**
- Members will not allow their stud dogs to mate bitches of less than two years or which would produce a litter after the bitch’s eighth birthday or within 12 months of whelping a previous litter or who have had three or more litters. Neither dogs nor bitches in poor health, of unsound temperament or with serious hereditary faults will be used for breeding.
- Stud dog owners will use discretion in the number of times their dog is used in the course of each year.
- Members will not allow their bitches to whelp more than once in every twelve months or to be mated before two years of age or to whelp after the bitchs' eighth birthday. A bitch will not have more than three litters during her lifetime.
- Members will abide by the conditions for entry onto the Puppy List.
- Members shall ensure that any stock from which they breed shall be registered at the Kennel Club.
- Members will not, when advertising, misrepresent themselves or their stock and will deal only in a fair and honest manner with clients who shall be advised of any fault the dog may have. Clients buying stock shall be encouraged to present the dog to a veterinary surgeon within three days of purchase. Should a veterinary surgeon, at such an examination, advise that the dog is not suitable for the purpose for which it was bought, members will verify this opinion and, if necessary, take back such a dog and refund the purchase price.
- Members will be encouraged to take advantage of any relevant, official scheme devised to test a dog's soundness.
- Members will, when engaged in competitive events with their dogs, conduct themselves in such a way as not to being discredit to the breed or Club, and will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.
- Repeated violations of the Code of Conduct may result in expulsion in accordance with Rule 12.
- Trophies will be withheld from members and non-members who have previously failed to return trophies when requested and who failed to offer a reasonable explanation.
- The breeder/stud dog owner will be expected to take responsibility with rehoming of their stock.
- 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.