Code of Ethics
The Great Pyrenees
Club of America in keeping with its aims of encouraging the development of
finer Great Pyrenees has adopted the following Code Of Ethics to promote and
foster the highest standards among breeders and owners and to encourage
cooperation in the improvement, advancement and protection of our breed. All
members of the Great Pyrenees Club of America shall abide by this Code of
1. Members shall be aware at all
times that the Club exists to protect the breed and that these aims are to be
uppermost in the minds of members in all their activities in the breed.
Members will at all times, whether at home, traveling, at shows or at motels,
display good sportsmanship and conduct themselves in such a manner as to
reflect credit upon the club and the breed.
3. Members shall refrain from
unnecessary and unconstructive criticism of another's dog and from personal
attacks upon a fellow member.
4. Novices are encouraged to seek the advice
and assistance of more experienced owners and breeders, and the more
experienced shall graciously assist the novice with his problems, and share for
the good of the breed, the benefits of his knowledge.
5. In all questions
of ethics, covered or not covered by this Code, the individual member shall act
solely in the best interests of the breed, and the membership as a whole shall
willingly aid any fellow member in upholding these interests.
shall bear in mind that a Code of Ethics is more than a set of rules; it is a
commitment to a high standard of practice in owning and breeding and that
adherence to the spirit of the Code is as important as adherence to its law.
1. All Great Pyrenees owned by, or in
the care of, members shall be given a proper, healthy environment, nutrition
and care at all times and no member shall have more dogs than can be safely and
adequately housed and cared for. No member's dog may be treated in an inhumane
manner subjected to cruel or unusual punishment or abused. Nor may it be
subjected to any conditions likely to eventuate in unnecessary danger to the
2. Members shall be diligent in the handling of their dogs in
public places and shall do so in a manner to minimize the risk of trauma or
danger to any human being or animal.
3. Members recognize their
responsibility to protect the name and reputation of the breed and shall not
allow their dogs to roam at large unsupervised, nor to become a public
nuisance, nor to become a public trust.
4. Treatment and handling of active
livestock guardian dogs owned by members shall be consonant with the best
management techniques for such dogs.
1. All advertisement of puppies and
adult dogs, written or oral, shall be factual and as forthrightly honest as
possible in both substance and implication.
2. Advertising and promotion,
written or oral, shall be confined to the aspects of the breeder's stock and
shall not degrade the stock of others.
3. The breeder shall be cautious in
discussing show prospects of any animal lest it imply a guarantee of show
success that cannot or will not be insured.
4. The breeder shall be equally
cautious in encouraging buyers as to breeding prospects, inasmuch as the
breeding of a Great Pyrenees is not to be undertaken lightly by any owner.
1. Anyone breeding a bitch bears
great responsibility to the future of the breed; therefore a breeder shall plan
each breeding with the paramount intention of advancing and protecting the
breed, and only when in a position to give proper care to both bitch and
2. The bitch owner safeguards a bitch from breedings which are
not carefully planned.
3. Recognizing the extended growth pattern of a
giant breed, the breeder shall not breed a bitch before her second heat; breed
a bitch before 20 months without the express approval of a veterinarian; breed
a bitch more than 2 out of 3 heats.
4. A breeder carefully selects stud and
matron with an eye to conformation and temperament and only after careful study
of the breed standard, the individuals and their near relatives, the pedigrees
and the basic principals of genetics.
5. All animals to be bred shall have
sound, typical structure, conformation and type, and shall be of sound
temperament and free from crippling or disabling hereditary defects.
breeder shall refrain from using an individual who, although free from such
hereditary defects, consistently produces afflicted offspring from different
7. Any breeder breeding from lines in which any serious or disabling
hereditary defects occur has an ethical obligation to disclose that to all
8. Dogs being bred shall have been x-rayed for hip dysplasia. The
results of these x-rays shall be made known to the owner of stud and bitch and
to all buyers of pups. If the animal is not free of dysplasia, the implications
of that fact shall be made clear to all buyers. Members should be aware that it
is inadvisable and genetically risky to breed an animal which is not totally
free of hip dysplasia. If an individual is bred on the basis of a screening
x-ray at under 18 months old , it shall be re-xrayed at over 18 months. Adult
x-rays shall be submitted to the GDC, OFA or Penn Hip.
1. Anyone using their dog at stud
bears great responsibility to the future of the breed; therefore a stud owner
shall use the dog discriminately and with the paramount intention of advancing
and protecting the breed.
2. No member shall offer at stud an animal who
does not meet the requirements set forth above for bitches in sections 4-8.
3. If the stud has not been bred before or has not produced a live litter
or has had breeding problems in the past, such information shall be provided to
the bitch owner before the bitch is accepted for breeding.
4. Prior to
accepting any bitch for service, it is the obligation of the stud owner to
advise novice breeders of the responsibilities, problems, obligations and
expenses involved in breeding a litter.
5. It shall be the responsibility
of the stud owner to ascertain that any bitch brought to any stud shall meet
the requirements of the Code, whether owned by a club member of not. The stud
owner shall further ascertain to the best of his ability that any produce of
the breeding shall be raised and sold in a manner in keeping with the ethical
standards of this Code. The stud owner shall supply any bitch owner who is not
a GPCA member with a copy of this Code and explain its provisions.
owner of the stud is under no obligation to provide stud service for a bitch
who when brought to the stud dog is not as represented by her owner or presents
serious hereditary defects or is not in good health.
7. The owner of a male
shall not accept a bitch for service if the bitch cannot be maintained in a
safe and healthy manner.
8. Bitches shall be bred only to the stud
specified by her owner unless an acceptable substitute is agreed upon by both
9. Insofar as is possible, at least 2 services shall be effected,
and it is the obligation of the stud owner to offer a free return service under
the same conditions if no litter results. A litter is defined for the purposes
of this Code as a minimum of 2 live pups at 36 hours.
10. Owners of stud
and bitch shall sign a written agreement, clearly stating the conditions and
terms of service.
11. The owner of the stud dog has an obligation to all
pups sired by his males (s). Therefore, if the owner of the bitch (breeder of
the litter) refuses to take responsibility for the puppies produced as set
forth in "Sales" the owner of the stud dog shall assume that responsibility.
1. A breeder shall be discriminating
in the sale of all dogs and concerned with the type of home in which they are
placed. No member shall engage in wholesaling litters, or in individual sales
or consignments of pups or adults to pet shops, dealers, catalog houses or
other commercial establishments. Nor shall they be donated or given as prizes
in contests, raffles or fund raising events, no matter how charitable.
breeder shall be available to buyers for whatever advice, reasonable aid or
assistance they may need for the life of the dog. GPCA members shall help and
support their fellow members in fulfilling this obligation.
3. Any member
selling or placing a Great Pyrenees is expected to assist any buyer in finding
a suitable new home for their dog at any time that the buyer wishes to
relinquish it. If the buyer is unable or unwilling to find such a home, the
member shall assume physical and/or financial responsibility for that animal.
The same responsibility shall be assumed for any animal sold or placed which
comes into the possession of any rescue network or shelter at any point in the
dog's life. This applies to all co-breeders of the dog.
4. A breeder, for
the protection of both breeder and buyer, shall provide adequate written
contractual proof of sales and guarantees. No promise shall be made orally
which is not put into writing.
5. It is recommended that a breeder supply a
Copy of the Code of Ethics to all buyers and explain to them its provisions.
6. The breeder shall supply the AKC full or limited individual registration
form or a written guarantee that it shall be supplied by the time the pup is 4
mos old, or on completion of sale. A puppy may, for good cause, be sold without
papers if this in understood and agreed to in writing by both parties, as
specified by AKC.
7. Any animal sold under the designation "pet/companion"
shall be sold without full registration papers and on a mandatory spay/neuter
contract. A breeder may supply full registration papers upon proof of
sterilization or upon the breeders reassessment of the animal as being of
8. It is the responsibility of a breeder to grade
all litters as to quality. A breeder shall not offer a buyer the choice of
purchasing the same pup for one price with full registration and another price
with limited registration. A breeder may choose to change a registration from
limited to full at a later date. The buyer may be offered this option which may
be contingent upon a change of contract and terms but not contingent upon
payment of an additional price.
9. It is the ethical obligation of a member
breeder to guarantee dogs produced and sold to be as represented. Any
replacement or refund arrangement agreed to by breeder and buyer and just to
the interests of both parties shall be considered satisfactory. It is
understood, however, that any dog which dies or must be destroyed before the
age of 18 months due to physical or temperamental conditions which are
hereditary, shall be replaced one for one, within a year of death. or If that
is not possible, the full purchase price shall be refunded.
releasing any Pyr, pup or adult, the breeder shall follow these guidelines:
a. He shall supply a pedigree of no less than 4 generations.
shall provide written information of the care of the animal.
c. He shall
supply records which detail all dates and types of medical care given the
animal including shots,
d. He shall release only animals which are to the
best of his knowledge in good health.
e. Animals being released shall have
had all the necessary inoculations and worming for their age.
puppies leaving the breeder shall be at least 8 weeks old. Those to be shipped
shall be 9 weeks.
g. He shall request that buyers take the animal to a
veterinarian of their choice upon receipt and if the animal is unhealthy, allow
buyers 72 hours to return the animal at their expense for a full refund.
If the animal has not been seen by the buyer or the buyer's agent before
shipping, the breeder shall allow the buyer 48 hours to return the animal at
the buyers expense if not satisfied that the animal is as represented by the
breeder. A full refund shall be made.
LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN DOGS
1. All provisions of this Code apply
to livestock guardian dogs, except as specified.
2. Members will not engage
in the breeding or selling of livestock guardian dogs unless they are willing
to undertake the education and responsibility involved with such animals.
3. In order to protect both type and function in the breed, breeders shall
not separate show and guardian stock.
4. It is the obligation of the
breeder to determine the specific needs of the buyers and to be available to
them for information and advice.
5. Members recognize the growing impact on
the breed of the indiscriminate production of livestock guardian dogs.
Therefore, they will observe the following:
a. All dogs intended to be
primary livestock guardian dogs shall be sold on written spay/neuter
agreements, and without registration papers . Registration papers may be
supplied with dogs that have been spayed or neutered before leaving the
b. Pairs of pups or dogs shall not be sold to the same party
unless they have been spayed and neutered before leaving the breeder.
Extreme caution will be taken in selling a breedable animal to anyone who
breeds, or intends to breed, livestock guardian dogs if that person is not a
member of the GPCA. Such dogs shall be sold on co-ownership with written
contracts specifying that the buyer shall abide by the provisions of this code.
1. All suspected infractions should
be reported to the President in writing. All reports must be signed by the
complaining party and shall be accompanied by a $100.00 deposit which shall be
refunded if the complaint is upheld. Complaints against members under this Code
may be filed by non-members.
2. Within 30 days the Board of Directors shall
appoint a committee of 3, no more than one of whom may be a member of the Board
3. The investigation committee shall immediately contact the
accused party and provide him or her with a photocopy of the complaint,
including the name of the complaining party. Once the investigation is
undertaken, both the complainant and the accused shall refrain from harassment
of the other. any violation of this shall be reported to the committee and may
be considered a violation of the Code.
4. This committee shall investigate
the complaint, including but not limited to, contacting the accused and the
5. Upon completion of the investigation and after
consideration of the facts developed, the committee will report its finding and
recommendations to the GPCA Board within 60 days.
6. The entire Board will
vote upon the action to be taken.
a. In the case of a
first offense members shall be given one month in which to correct the
violation in keeping with the recommendation of the investigating committee and
proof of such correction shall be submitted to the committee. Further, the
Secretary shall be directed to remove the name of the member from the
information and referral list for a period of 6 months.
b. In the case of
repeated or flagrant violations, the committee may recommend that the case be
submitted to the Board for action on suspension or expulsion.
c. In all
cases of repeat or flagrant violation the names of the member, the nature of
the violation and the conditions of discipline shall be published in the GPCA
d. Lack of compliance with the terms of discipline shall be
considered a flagrant violation and shall be submitted to the Board. 8. The
President or the Secretary will notify in writing both parties to the
complaint, as to the results of the Board's action. 9. Nothing in this
implementation section shall in anyway preclude the Board or any individual
member from taking stronger action as provided by the Bylaws on discipline.
The Board of Directors or the
membership as a whole may, upon sufficient evidence and under certain
stipulations, where the good of the breed is protected, waive any of the
foregoing provisions. Members are urged to bring to the Board any problems that
confront them in their efforts to comply with the code. the President may
appoint a committee as is designated under "implementation" to consult with and
assist the member and make recommendations to the Board.
A publication of the Great Pyrenees
Club of America. Adopted 1985, rev. 2001