Membership Code of Ethics
The Heart of Dixie Shiba Fanciers, Inc. establishes this Code of Ethics, which states the minimum responsibilities and practices that shall be maintained by all of the members of this organization.
As a member of the Heart of Dixie Shiba Fanciers, Inc. I will:
1. Agree to follow the regulations as set forth by The American Kennel Club as they pertain to my purebred dog operations.
2. Agree to abide by and uphold the principals of the Constitution and By-Laws and this Code of Ethics of the Heart of Dixie Shiba Fanciers, Inc.
3. As a breeder, furnish with each puppy or adult Shiba a signed registration application & three generation pedigree.
4. As a breeder, furnish any Shiba sold a certificate stating that the dog in question is in good health.
5. Maintain best possible standard of health and care in all my dogs and see that the puppies are immunized and checked for parasites. I will furnish complete health records, care, feeding and grooming instructions.
6. Encourage spaying or neutering of animals not desirable for breeding.
7. Refuse to knowingly sell dogs to wholesalers, retailers, puppy mills, dog fighters, or any other where there is reason to suspect that the Shiba will not receive proper care or may be used in any way detrimental to the breed or the dog itself.
8. Establish a reputation of trust and honor among my fellow club members and all interested parties.
9. Adhere to ethical breeding practices, striving to achieve the maximum ideal of the breed.
10. In my breeding program, keep alert for and work to control and/or eradicate inherited problems and conditions that are particular to my breed and breed as closely as possible to the standard of the breed.
11. Represent my dogs as honestly as possible to prospective buyers and try to assist the serous novice in his/her understanding of the breed.
12. Try at all times to show good sportsmanship and keep in mind that the good of the breed comes before any personal benefits.
13. Refrain from deceptive or erroneous advertising.
14. Not knowingly falsify any records, pedigrees or registrations and acknowledge that if so proven, I will have my membership privileges revoked.