Code of Ethics.
- Members shall read and understand the legal obligation they have through the relevant Codes of Practice relating to dog breeding in their State or Territory and agree to abide by the practices except where these practices might conflict with the Australian Association Of Pet Dog Breeders Inc Vet Audit or Code of Practice , in which case the more stringent standards will apply.
- Probationary Members shall provide personal Identification and allow their property to inspected by an Independent Veterinarian within 3 months of joining the AAPDB.
- Members shall ensure that their dogs are always under effective control.
- Members shall feed their animals a balanced diet appropriate to their life stage.
- Members shall keep their animals appropriately vaccinated, groomed and free from internal and external parasites and shall seek veterinary attention promptly for animals showing symptoms of illness.
- Members shall not house their animals in cages for any reason other than transport, breeding or treatment of illness.
- Members shall not euthanize retired breeding dogs. Retired dogs must be desexed, re-homed or kept as pets. Euthanasia may only be performed by a qualified veterinarian in the case of:
- intractable behavioural problems that preclude dogs from being used for breeding or re-homed as pets
- Painful or life threatening health problems that detract from the animal’s expectation of experiencing reasonable quality of life
- Members may house breeding dog’s in a Foster Care / Guardian home. The breeder owns and takes responsibility for the breeding and welfare of these dogs until they are desexed on retirement. The breeder is fully responsible for the sale of puppies and will provide a Foster Care / Guardian Care contract clearly outlining the responsibilities of the Owner and the Foster Carer / Guardian Family.
Sale of puppies:
7. Members must Vaccinate all puppies no younger than 6 weeks of age.
8. members shall never sell a puppy younger than 8 weeks of age.
9. Members should sell their puppies either:
a) Desexed atleast 7 days prior to being rehomed or,
b) with a $50 (minimum) desexing Voucher refundable on proof of desexing and prior to 6 months of age.
10. If a member should sell to a Pet Store, then that Pet Store must be a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia or Pet’s Australia and offer desexing vouchers with all puppies.
11. Members may not act as brokers or retailers unless this is fully disclosed to buyers and the puppies are sourced from Vet Audited Full Members of the AAPDB.
12. Members shall not sell puppies to people under the age of eighteen (18) years and shall not sell puppies at shows or fairs.
13. Members shall accurately describe the breeding of the puppies they sell.
Post Sale Obligations:
- Members shall offer a 3 day “cooling off” period after private sale of a puppy during which time the pup can be returned and the purchase price refunded, excluding any previously stated non-refundable deposit or any transport costs involved.
- Members shall provide new owners with information regarding feeding, veterinary care and training of their puppies
- Members are responsible for illnesses present at the time of sale of the puppy. Should the puppy be found to be ill at the time of sale, the member shall be responsible for verified Veterinarian expenses relating to that illness, to a maximum amount equal to the purchase price of the puppy.
- Members must accept responsibility for testable preventable genetic or congenital health problems arising in the first 18 months of the dogs life. If a Vet diagnoses a puppy / dog with a testable genetic or congenital health problem within the first 18 months of it’s life, the breeder must pay verified Veterinary expenses up to the purchase price of the puppy , replace the puppy or take back the puppy and offer a full refund.
- Members must provide written post sale agreements outlining any genetic health testing that has been undertaken, what conditions are not preventable, and when refunds will be offered. (at present it is not a requirement of the AAPDB that all member’s dogs are genetically tested though we do intend this to become mandatory after the 30th June 2019).
- Members must undertake to take back and re-home any dog they have bred at any stage in the animal’s life should it become homeless for any reason.
- Members will behave professionally in their dealings with other members, pet owners and the general public
a) members will treat their customers with respect and will always protect their confidentiality.
b) Members will treat their fellow members and other breeders with respect and will not make comment which will bring fellow breeders, the AAPDB or the Pet Dog Breeding Industry into disrepute.
9. Members will promote responsible pet dog breeding and responsible pet ownership in both words and actions.