Berger Picard Club of America
Standard of Ethical Conduct for Breeders
As a member of the Berger Picard Club of America, I recognize that I am often faced with decisions about courses of action that can impact the health and well being of my own dogs and the preservation of the Berger Picard breed as a whole.
As a breeder I will:
• Continue to broaden my search for knowledge and information about the Berger Picard’s reproduction, genetic and breed history and use that knowledge to build and better the next generation produced.
• Truthfully and realistically represent the Berger Picard being bred, sold and /or placed in terms of temperament, quality, health and genetic history.
• Obtain a Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) number by performing all of the recommended health tests listed on the CHIC website before breeding a Berger Picard.
• Use health testing as a guideline to choose complimentary mates that do not exhibit the same heritable defects or genetic diseases.
• Not knowingly repeat a breeding of any pair of individuals who, although free from a hereditary defects themselves, have produced multiple afﬂicted offspring with hereditary defects that affect the quality of life of their offspring.
• Refrain from breeding Berger Picards until they are twenty-four (24) months old.
• Share all health results, positive and negative, with the public.
• Strive to produce dogs in accordance with the breed standard.
Care and Sale of Litter:
• Refuse to knowingly sell to commercial wholesalers, retail brokers, or research laboratories. • Place each puppy or dog, to the best of my knowledge, healthy and free of communicable diseases and parasites and they will have had age appropriate vaccinations deemed necessary between my veterinarian and I.
• Supply the new owner with a four (4) generation pedigree, AKC registration certiﬁcate, immunization and veterinary records, feeding instructions, further suggested immunizations, health,grooming and training needs as well as information on the Berger Picard Club of America and an associate membership application.
• Place all puppies/adults with a contract (agreement between new owner and breeder) signed by both.
• Use spay/neuter contracts (signed and held by both parties) along with limited registrations when placing non-breeding Berger Picard puppies or adults with known hereditary defects detrimental to the breed with full disclosure of defect.
• Remember that my responsibility as the owner of the sire or the dam does not end with the placement of the puppy.
As a breeder I will strive to have contact with the new owner(s) of the Berger Picard puppy throughout the life of the dog.
• Permanently identify all Berger Picard litters that I produce with either a microchip or tattoo.
• Accept the return of a Berger Picard that I breed at any stage in its life.
The long-term interest and well being of the Berger Picard should be the goal and of paramount importance to every Berger Picard breeder. Thereby, as a breeder of Berger Picards, I have read the preceding document and pledge to uphold it and I understand the consequences of not abiding by this standard could possibly cause my membership privileges to be rescinded for a minimum of twelve (12) months. Membership privileges will be reinstated after twelve (12) months if compliance has been met.
Ratified August 6, 2015
Download PDF version here:Standard of Ethical Conduct for Breeders-2015
The BPCA Preferred Breeders List – Requirements
To encourage all breeders to strive for the highest level of quality in their breeding programs by providing an opportunity to have their dogs and litters listed on the BPCA Preferred Breeders List. The following requirements which are included in the Breeders Code of Ethics will be available for signing to all BPCA full voting members who are in good standing with both the BPCA and the AKC.
1. Current CHIC numbers for both the sire and bitch will be required before any litters will be listed.
2. All retired breeding stock born after 2003 that have ever produced puppies must be listed on OFA and have a CHIC number.
3. All active breeding stock must be listed on OFA and maintain a current CHIC number which must include a current eye exam.
4. Although retired breeding stock is not required to have a current CHIC number, due to the known late onset PRA risk, all retired breeding stock must have an OFA eye exam when they are at least 9 years old unless said retired breeding stock has already been positively diagnosed and listed as such on OFA with PRA. Any additional eye exams after this requirement is met are encouraged.
5. The required eye and hip tests for the CHIC number must be done after the dog/bitch is 24 months old.
6. For all litters registered with your kennel name, both the sire and the dam must be over 2 years old and must each have a current CHIC number before they are bred. All co-bred litters and litters resulting from leasing contracts will be reviewed on a case by case basis for approval to be included.
7. All primary registered owners or breeders who have leased or are currently leasing a dog/bitch, are responsible to comply with the required health testing and guidelines prior to breeding that dog/bitch.
8. Co-owned dogs/bitches that do not live with the breeder do not need to be listed unless those dogs/bitches are going to be bred with a club member as a Breeder Of Record.
9. Dogs/bitches over the age of 2 who have never produced puppies and are either altered or will be altered are not required to be listed or to have a CHIC number. All owners are strongly encouraged to have at least a DNA sample submitted. Hip and eye tests are also encouraged.
10. If imported semen is used for a litter, equivalent health tests are strongly recommended.
11. In some cases, where there are extenuating circumstances, the Board of Directors will decide if the breeder can be listed.