The Borzoi Club of America Code of Ethics
Members of BCOA pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics:
The purpose of this Code is to set forth principles of practice that
the BCOA Board would like to have members adhere to as they strive to
preserve the quality of the breed. The Code represents the minimum in
ethical practices. To this end, the member agrees:
- To abide by and uphold the principles of the Constitution and By-Laws
of the Borzoi Club of America, Inc.
- To understand and abide by all
Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club.
- To accept and breed
only to the Standard of the breed as set forth by the BCOA and approved
by the American Kennel Club, striving always to maintain the highest
quality for the breed as outlined by the Standard.
- To require that
any agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the member
comply with all principles outlined in this Code of Ethics and Guidelines.
- To provide the best possible environment for the physical and emotional
well-being of the dogs including fully complying with local laws governing
health inoculations, curbing of animals, and restraint and control
of their actions on and off their home premises.
- To put the welfare
of each dog above personal gain, profit and/or personal convenience,
remembering that each dog (purchased, bred or sold) is a lifetime responsibility.
- To make every effort to assist the novice and educate the public
regarding the Borzoi and provide accurate information as to their general
upkeep, the maintenance of their well being, grooming and training
- To strive always to behave in a sportsmanlike manner and refrain
from misleading and false advertising, maligning or giving false statements
regarding dogs, breeding practices and BCOA members.
- To support ethical trade practices and sell only to responsible persons.
To avoid at all cost the wholesaling of litters of Borzoi puppies,
or the sale of breeding stock or individuals to pet shops or other
commercial sources of distribution and never to provide dogs for the
purpose of raffle, lottery, or auction.
Nothing in this Code of Ethics should be construed to be in violation of
the Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club or the Constitution
and By-Laws of the Borzoi Club of America, Inc.