Revised September 2004
CODE OF ETHICS
hereby agree to abide by all of the terms in
this code to the best of my ability, and to support the ISSR, Inc. as the
only legitimate registry for all Shiloh Shepherd™ dogs. Furthermore, I
pledge to aid in the development, promotion and public awareness of our
I agree NEVER
to breed any dog/bitch whose hips show radiographic signs of degenerative
joint disease, whose temperament is proven faulty due to genetics and not
environment and/or possesses serious conformation faults. Any question
should be discussed with the Breed Warden.
I realize that
proper socialization, care and nutrition is vital in bringing out the full
potential of this breed. Therefore, I agree to do all in my power to keep
each of my dogs (and puppies) in ultimate condition, and to help all
Shiloh dog owners do the same.
Furthermore, I pledge without
reservation to abide by the following specific guidelines of the Shiloh
Shepherd™ Dog Club of America, Inc:
- I agree to breed only the BEST possible specimens
in order to improve the breed for future generations. I agree to
select all breeding pairs with the utmost care, and to follow the
ISSR Breed Standard as closely as possible. Furthermore, I
agree never to inbreed/linebreed on any dog that possesses a Breed
Warning (X) without proper authorization.
- Since each breeding will aid in the improvement
or destruction of the breed, I agree to show my stock as often as
possible, under different judges, at S.S.D.C.A., Inc. Specialties as
well as other ISSR, Inc. approved Rare Breed Shows, to earn their championship and prove
the worthiness of my stock. Moreover, I realize
that by showing my dogs under
professional judges I can further my education and learn more about
the faults and virtues of my individual dogs. My goal will be to
improve the Shiloh Shepherd™ and in time have a kennel full of
- As a dedicated breeder of these magnificent
animals, I will strive for honest representation of my stock to anyone
who inquires about my dogs, as well as ALL of their progeny. I agree
not to make false or boastful statements that could in the future shed
a bad light on this breed. I
will try not be "Kennel
Blind" when representing my dogs to the public.
- I agree to act in a professional manner when
representing this breed to the public, being careful to explain the
differences between other breeds and a Shiloh Shepherd™ to the best of
my ability. I agree to refer anyone with any questions that I cannot
answer to my Chapter Leader, a Board Member, or any other qualified
officer of the S.S.D.C.A., Inc. AT NO TIME WILL I ATTEMPT TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS THAT I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO ANSWER.
- I agree never to make false statements by spoken
word or by letter condemning any person or dog involved with this
Club. Any information I may have regarding any misdeeds of Club
members or misrepresentations made on behalf of any specific dog will
be sent to the
S.S.D.C.A. Grievance Committee. I understand that I can
choose to send an "anonymous" letter
with the appropriate fee
as long as all facts
listed can be proven without a doubt. All such letters/reports will be
investigated and the result made available to all members via S.S.D.C.A., Inc. special reports.
- I agree to maintain integrity in the price I
charge for my breeding stock and puppies by following the
as set forth by the S.S.D.C.A., Inc. Under NO circumstances will I
"undercut" prices for quick profit resulting in fewer sales
to my fellow breeders consequently reducing the quality control so
necessary in producing only the best possible stock.
- I agree without reservation to purchase full
study pedigrees from TCCP on all of my stock/and or future stock/ and
or projected progeny. I agree to fully study all past generations with
regard to what faults and virtues my breeding will either be
"washing out" or "locking in". Furthermore, I
agree to contact the Breed Warden for any suggestions on improving my
stock whenever necessary.
- I understand that keeping my Shiloh breeding
stock and puppies in the VERY BEST health is critical to my success in
producing the best possible progeny. Therefore, I fully agree to keep
all my dogs on a strict vaccination and worming program. I AGREE TO
KEEP ALL OF MY RECORDS READILY AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BY THE ISSR,
INC., BREED WARDEN, OR ANY DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SAME. All
puppies sold by me will be properly immunized, wormed, Vet checked,
and tested negative for Giardia, Coccidia, etc. Furthermore, I hereby
agree never to sell a "small-runty-sickly" puppy to anyone,
at any time, unless agreed upon by both parties in writing. A healthy
Shiloh puppy bitch should weigh 14-18 lbs., and a healthy Shiloh puppy
dog should weigh 16-20 lbs at eight weeks of age. FAILURE TO SUPPLY
PROPER PRENATAL CARE TO A BREEDING BITCH AND HER PUPPIES AT ALL TIMES
COULD WARRANT A SUSPENSION FROM THE S.S.D.C.A., INC., AND/OR
PRIVILEGES OF THE ISSR., INC.
- I fully agree to abide by
the ISSR Rules as per Article 2 Section
4 Item E-1
age limitations as applied to proper breeding protocol for all of my
stock. Furthermore, I understand that I will not be allowed to
breed my bitch more than twice within any given year, and I understand
that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will any of my bitches be allowed to whelp
more than 2 litters of puppies within an 18 month period.
In the event that an approved back-to-back litter has occurred, two heat
cycles have to be skipped in order to allow my bitch to fully regain her
strength prior to any additional matings. I understand that an overused
bitch can produce unhealthy puppies that will reflect poorly on the
entire breed. Under NO circumstance will any of my bitches whelp
more than five full litters prior to
- I agree never to STUD OUT my Shiloh Shepherd™ dog
unless he is at least champion pointed and/or Breed Conformation
Report tested. I also agree never to breed my
stud to any bitch that is not properly registered with the ISSR. I fully
understand that my stud's registration could be revoked in the event
that his progeny is dual registered (represented as legitimate Shilohs)
by any other registry/group outside of the ISSR, Inc.
- I understand that puppies may
be upgraded from b/w and orange papers with approval of buyer,
breeder, and Breed Warden, prior to 14 months of age. Any puppy which
is questionable should be sold at a lower grade.
I promise to be diligent in the sale and placement of my potential
breeding stock by making sure that a proper LER is performed and/or by
selling any questionable puppies with B/W Upgradeable papers only.
- I agree to have all of my litters, in their
entirety, evaluated by a method approved of by the Shiloh Shepherd™
Breed Warden. I also understand that it is my responsibility to plan
this phase well before the pups reach the ideal age of 50-60 days. In
the event that any specific litter that I produced was not properly
evaluated, I agree to sell all puppies with B/W
papers or on co-ownership only.
- I understand that ANY Shiloh Shepherd™ I produce
MUST be sold with a guarantee. Whether it be a conservative pet
quality guarantee or an intense show/breeding quality guarantee, all Shilohs MUST be guaranteed, in writing, signed by both parties – NO
EXCEPTIONS. Furthermore, I agree to insist that
all of my new puppy owners sign a strict penalty clause, incorporated in
my guarantee to discourage anyone from registering any of my puppies
outside of the ISSR, Inc.
- I agree to properly supervise to the best of my
ability all of my co-ownership, breeder agreement, and neuter/spay
contracts to prevent any possibility of fraud caused by others. Also,
I agree to uphold all of my guarantees quickly and fairly as outlined
in my guarantee contract.
- I agree never to sell a breeding quality or
potential breeding quality dog/bitch to anyone
that is not fully licensed with the ISSR unless the person has
Breeder’s Code of Ethics, and said dog is sold with a detailed co-ownership, breeder’s agreement, or spay/neuter contract.
- I agree NEVER to dual register my stock with any
Registry other than the International Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry, Inc.,
unless a legal and binding contract has been signed between such
Registry and the International Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry, Inc.
- I agree to never cross breed any ISSR
registered dog/bitch to a dog/bitch from another registry
that could attempt to represent the progeny from such a breeding as
legitimate "Shiloh Shepherds." I understand that any such progeny
listing one of the dogs that I own/co-own as the sire/dam could result
in the revocation of my dog's ISSR papers as well as terminate my
standing within the ISSR, Inc., thereby preventing me from registering
any future litters.
By my signature
I confess without a doubt to have read, and understood all aspects of the
International Shiloh Shepherd™ Registry, Inc. Rules and Regulations,
Shiloh Shepherd™ Dog Club of America, Inc. Bylaws and this Breeder’s Code of
Ethics. Furthermore, I understand if I choose to violate any part of this
agreement I may be suspended from the S.S.D.C.A., Inc., as a member and/or
I could have my breeding privileges suspended by the I.S.S.R., Inc.
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As we work together for the betterment of this
breed, we are taking part in creating history. Let us work with each
other, not against. Let our goal be to dedicate ourselves for glory, not
for profit. With a united effort our breed will rise to popularity. And
through our Breeder’s Code of Ethics, our breed will not be destroyed by
greed and unscrupulous breeders, but will stand and shine above the rest.
May God Bless your righteous efforts.
Original Breeders Code of Ethics established 9/90
Revised and approved by the SSDCA Advisory Board of Directors 8/1998
Updated and approved by the SSDCA Adviosry Board of Directors 7/2001
Updated and approved by the SSDCA Advisory Board of Directors 10/2004