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Tasmanian Golden Retriever Club
Westpac Bank, Sorell
BSB: 037621 Account Number : 163864
The Code of Ethics of The Tasmanian
Golden Retriever Club Inc.
1) Aims of
a) To promote the Golden Retriever and the improvement
b) To educate
and encourage members, breeders, exhibitors and judges to abide by the requirements of and standards for the
c) To promote and support competition in all practical
ways and to hold exhibitions and club events to promote the breed and
responsible pet ownership.
d) To promote public interest in the Golden Retriever
and in all ANKC sanctioned activities.
e) To promote good fellowship among those interested
in the Golden Retriever.
These objects are to be achieved under the
requirements of and in a manner consistent with both the Constitution of the
Club and the Constitution of the Tasmanian Canine Association Inc., trading as
Dogs Tasmania, and any laws, by-laws of any relevant state or local government
body and/or the Dog and Cat Management Board.
2) Standard of
The Breed Standard is a written criterion developed
by The Golden Retriever Club of the United Kingdom and accepted by the ANKC
which describes the ideal Golden Retriever. Members should breed to conform
with the standard, always striving to produce a better dog.
3) Tasmanian Canine Association Registration:
Each dog/bitch used for breeding or to be shown or
worked must be properly registered with the Tasmanian Canine Association.
4) Hereditary Testing:
All members’ breeding stock and any other stock
used by them (such as Stud Dogs) must have completed the following hereditary
testing PRIOR to any matings taking place.
a) Hips and Elbows scored by an approved scorer under
the ANKC CHEDS scheme, or in the case of frozen semen a recognised scheme by
the kennel control in the country where the dog resides. Breeders shall aspire
to only breed from dogs/bitches that have a hip score equal to or lower than
the breed average.
b) Clear Eye Certificate for Hereditary Cataract and
PRA from a registered Veterinary Ophthalmologist that has been undertaken
within 18 months prior to a mating. In the case of frozen semen, the sire will
have a current clear eye certificate at the time of collection of semen.
Recommended Testing as per National Golden
Retriever Council Guidance
a) DNA tested for
PRA 1 and PRA
2 or is clear by parentage for one generation. Where a dog is a carrier for
either PRA 1 or PRA 2 it will only be mated to a dog that is clear of the same
PRA to ensure there can be no affected puppies from the mating. In the case of
frozen semen from an untested dog it is expected that the semen shall be used
only on a clear bitch.
b) Clear heart certificate from a registered
Veterinary Cardiologist specialist when the dog is resident in Australia. See: https://ausngrc.org/health-matters/heart-certificates/
must conform to the rules and regulations of Dogs Tasmania and must keep
accurate breeding and litter records.
a) Members shall not allow any bitch owned by them to
be mated under 18 months of age or over 8 years of age or allow their stud dog
to be mated to any bitch under 18 months of age.
b) A member shall not breed a bitch (except under
extenuating circumstances) causing it to whelp more than twice in eighteen
months without prior approval of Dogs Tasmania.
c) Breeders when evaluating the implications of a
dog’s health breeding results, shall also ensure they give equal consideration
to the important factors such as temperament, genetic diversity, conformation
and general health of the dog when planning their litters.
6) General Health
should endeavour to maintain the best possible health and care of all their
dogs/bitches, and to have their dogs/bitches regularly checked by their
veterinarian. Any member found to have been guilty in a court of law of any
charge relating to the health and welfare of any animal they own, or oversee
their care, shall immediately be removed as a member of the club and shall
forfeit any future privileges or approval of membership.
7) Selling Puppies
shall not sell or otherwise transfer from their care any puppy under eight (8)
weeks of age without the approval of Dogs Tasmania. Members shall not sell or
donate puppies to retail, commercial or wholesale outlets; or for raffle prizes
They should endeavour to place their puppies in good homes and to carefully
‘vet’ the prospective new owners. The Breeder shall provide the new owners with
sufficient information covering diet and care for the first twelve months.
8) Honesty in Representation
should represent their dogs/bitches as honestly as possible and not use
misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising; nor denigrate
other owners or breeders. Remember that the welfare of the breed comes before
9) Community Relations
should ensure that their dogs are not a nuisance to their neighbours or the
community in general, and that they are properly supervised and always
controlled. Dogs should be given basic behavioural training and be registered
with their local municipal council.
should show good sportsmanship whether winning or losing at any TCA sanctioned
or club event; and in no way
denigrate the dog or bitches of others.
11) Collection of Data Regarding the Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever Club Inc acknowledges the ANKC’s Code of Ethics Clause 4:
“Members shall constantly strive to improve their knowledge of their chosen
breed or breeds, and their knowledge of the requirements for the care, welfare
and betterment of dogs. To promote the ideals of Clause 4 that the data and
health screening results connected with your dog received by the club will be
stored and where relevant used for registration and publication in relevant
NGRC/ANKC documentation. The data may also be used for research and shared with
trusted and reputable partners for the sole purpose of undertaking research to
improve dog health and welfare.”