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June 2022

All breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with the Kennel Club, accept the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

Members of the Lancashire Heeler Association also undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics, which are incorporated within the Association's Rules.


  1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

  2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

  3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

  4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

  5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

  6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or the breed.

  7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

  8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

  9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

  10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

  11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

  12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

  13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as standalone items (not accompanying a dog).

  14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

  15. Will, when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the Kennel Club's Assured Breeder Scheme.

  16. Will ensure that the DNA status for PLL (ADAMTS17) of both parents is known before breeding and that prospective buyers are aware of the DNA status for PLL (ADAMTS17) of the puppies and the implications of breeding from them.

  17. Will ensure that the DNA status for CEA of both parents is known before breeding and that prospective buyers are aware of the DNA status for CEA of the puppies and implications of breeding from them.

  18. It is strongly recommended that registrations of puppies are endorsed by the breeder as "Progeny not eligible for registration" unless they are known to be clear for PLL and CEA.

  19. Will be encouraged to make use of KC/BVA/ISDS eye testing and litter screening schemes for breeding animals and puppies.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

Note: The LHA Code of Ethics were approved by members at the AGM held on the 31st October 2021 and approved by The Kennel Club 16th June 2022.


LHA Code of Ethics Page 1 of 1 June 2022

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