The majority of reputable breeders in Canada are members of The Canadian Kennel Club and are obligated to adhere to CKC policies and procedures, our Code of Ethics and Code of Practice. The CKC Code of Practice for Member Breeders insists that they aim to breed dogs that are healthy and sound in both mind and body to ensure that the dogs are true to their heritage and that conform to the requirements as defined by the Rules of Eligibility (ROE) for each breed where available.
Every responsible breeder should be devoted to breeding away from disorders in bloodlines in order to improve the health and well being of their lines. This means having an indepth knowledge of their breeds, including health and genetic concerns, structure, temperament and type.
In order to produce the best possible offspring, both the sire and dam must be conditioned and well cared-for. Regular veterinary care, screening for genetic problems, pre-breeding health tests, exercise and good nutrition should be standard procedures.
As well, it is the responsibility of every breeder to adhere at all times to proper and ethical business practices when buying, breeding, selling and placing their dogs. Any breeder selling a dog as purebred must register the dog and provide the new owner with the registration certificate within six months of the date of sale – this is the law, as required under the Animal Pedigree Act.