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BCCC Code of Ethics

A code of ethics is based on principles and values to guide behaviour and is related to that which it addresses. The BCCC Code of Ethics addresses the welfare, preservation and promotion of the Bearded Collie at home and while participating in activities. It is expected that all BCCC members abide by this code of ethics.

Code of Ethics:

As a member of the Bearded Collie Club of Canada I fully endorse and agree to abide by the following Code of Ethics.

Members shall:

  • Abide by and uphold the principles of the Constitution and By-laws of the Bearded Collie Club of Canada and applicable Rules and Regulations of the Canadian Kennel Club.
  • Have the welfare of their Bearded Collie(s) foremost in mind and never knowingly or willingly do anything that compromises their wellbeing.
  • Provide all suitable and necessary shelter, nourishment, grooming, exercise, health protection and veterinary care.
  • Spay or neuter their companion dogs that are not shown in breed competition or are not of suitable quality for breeding purposes.
  • Exercise good sportsmanship when exhibiting or competing in, or spectating at, dog shows, trials and other events.
  • Accept and respect the official Breed Standard as established by the Bearded Collie Club of Canada and adopted by the Canadian Kennel Club.
  • Never sell, give or trade a Bearded Collie to a pet shop, business, laboratory, broker, dealer or to anyone known to sell to such enterprises.  Neither will Members offer Bearded Collies as prizes for raffles, auctions or other events.
  • Never abandon or place their Bearded Collie(s) in a shelter, pound, SPCA or other Humane Society.  If circumstances dictate that they can no longer keep or care for their Bearded Collie(s), members shall make every effort to return them to the breeder or find a suitable new home for them.  If the breeder cannot or will not help, members shall contact the BCCC Breeder Referral Coordinator or the BCCC Rescue Coordinator for assistance in placing the dog(s).

In addition to the above, members who breed or who contemplate breeding shall:

  • Ensure that they have the necessary time, facilities and resources to properly care for the bitch and expected litter.
  • Consider the placement of their puppies seriously, and carefully screen prospective purchasers to find the most suitable homes.
  • Accept the return of, or assist in re-homing, Bearded Collies they have bred, should the situation arise.
  • Be familiar with, and keep up to date on, genetic health concerns that relate to Bearded Collies.
  • Make every effort to have prospective sires and dams examined and tested for health conditions known to the breed.
  • Mate only mature Bearded Collies which are sound in health and temperament.
  • Strive to breed Bearded Collies that meet the requirements of the Breed Standard.
  • Comply with the provisions of the Animal Pedigree Act and the By-laws of the CKC regarding registration and transfer of ownership of purebred puppies.


Approved August 11, 1998


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