Code of Ethics The following is my personal Code of Ethics which covers all aspects of owning, exhibiting, breeding, selling and protecting the Irish Wolfhound.
1. I put the welfare of each of my Irish Wolfhounds above personal gain, profit and personal convenience. 2. All my Irish Wolfhounds will be Micro-chipped. 3. Every effort is made to educate potential new owners about the history, care and characteristics of the breed. Including all health issues and longevity. 4. I will not advertise litters for sale in newspaper classified ads, Puppyfind, Next-Day Pets, Pet Central etc., I will however place an ad on the AKC Marketplace of which I am a Breeder of Merit and will announce here on my Website, including my Facebook Page when I am planning a litter. 5. I do not breed for the Pet Market and will never sell puppies to pet stores, or puppy brokers. 6. Before breeding I will have homes available for the puppies I do not keep. 7. I do have a Contract that will be read, initialed, dated and signed. A signed copy will be provided to the buyer in their binder. 8. I do not breed for personal profit or commercial exploitation, I breed to keep puppies for myself to show and possibly breed in the future. The puppies which I do not keep will be available for sale on a Limited Registration only. They will not be able to be bred or shown. They will however make wonderful companions for approved homes. 9. I will never breed a bitch before the age of 2 and the bitch will not be bred more than 3 times in her lifetime. 10. No puppies will be released to their new homes before 10 weeks of age, it will more than likely be 12 weeks of age. 11. All puppies before going to their new homes will have appropriate veterinary care, will be parasite free, will have all age appropriate vaccinations and will be micro-chipped. 12. All new homes will have a "real" fenced yard for exercise. These are large powerful sighthounds and must not be allowed to roam free.
I will provide each new owner with: A. Feeding instructions B. 5 Generation Pedigree C. All Medical records that include number and type, date of vaccines. Deworming schedule, copies of Liver Shunt Testing, all health testing records on the Sire and Dam. D. A bill of sale and copy of the signed, witnessed Contract. E. Copy of the Breed Standard F. I will register all puppies online and have the Limited Registration paperwork sent to the buyer from AKC. G. I will provide the buyer with a Binder full of information concerning the health issues, to include pneumonia protocols. H. A large bag of Giant Breed Puppy Food I. A slip lead
Because things happen in life, in my contract there is a clause that if for any reason, something should arise where you can no longer care for the dog. The dog (regardless of age) will be returned to me, not to be resold but to live with me for the rest of his/her life. Which is also the reason why I am a Co-Owner, I brought the puppies into this world and I am responsible for them until the day they pass. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly.
A very well known and respected Arabian Horseman (Ed Strand of Strand's Arabians Stables) taught me that breeding is a Science and a Art. It does not matter if it is horses or Irish Wolfhounds, the goal is to improve the Sire and Dam. If you are not breeding with that purpose in mind and you can not clearly state what the strengths are, you are trying to improve, and weaknesses you are attempting to eliminate all you are doing is breeding strictly for profit.
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