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Code of Ethics.....

       What the Kennel Club says - registration of pedigree litters will not be accepted if .....................

  • The dam has already whelped 4 litters. Where the number of litters previously recorded is 4 or more, the application will be rejected.

  • The dam has already reached the age of 8 years at the date of whelping.

  • The dam was under one year old at the time of mating

  • The offspring are the result of any mating between father and daughter, mother and son or brother and sister.

  • The dam has already had two litters delivered by caesarean section

  • The dam was not resident at a UK address at the date of whelping.

  • If either the dam or sire are endorsed with progeny not eligible for registration

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       The Weimaraner Club of Scotland  - member code of ethics

         Club members:

  • Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

  • Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.

  • Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled.Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

  • Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

  • Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

  • Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

  • Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

  • Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

  • Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

  • Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

  • Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

  • Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

  • Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind.

  • Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

  • Will consider the welfare of their dogs and the Breed above any personal gain or profit and will take responsibility for any dogs they own.

  • Will only breed from Weimaraners of sound temperament, which show natural ability and will always strive to produce Weimaraners conforming to the standard as published by the Kennel Club.Neither dogs nor bitches in poor health or with any serious hereditary faults will be used for breeding.

  • Will not allow their stud dogs to mate a bitch who has already whelped on three or more occasions, or where such mating would result in the bitch whelping more than twice in a twelve month period, or with a bitch of less than two years of age or where such mating would result in a bitch whelping after attaining her seventh birthday.

  • Will not allow their bitches to whelp on more than three occasions during the lifetime of the bitch, or more than once in any twelve month period, nor will they allow their bitch to be mated before two years of age or where such mating would result in a bitch whelping after attaining her seventh birthday.

  • Will encourage clients buying stock to present the dog to a veterinary surgeon within three days of purchase.Should a veterinary surgeon, at such an examination, advise that the dog is not suitable for the purpose for which it was bought, members will seek a second qualified opinion and, if verified, take back such a dog, offer a full refund or agree a mutual compromise.

  • Will be encouraged to take advantage of any relevant, official scheme devised to test a dog's soundness.Members will inform those accepting their stock that there is evidence of certain breed associated conditions for which no current control schemes are available.Details of these conditions, as it affects the members stock, will be made available to prospective purchasers.

  • Breeding litters must be members of the Weimaraner Club of Scotland for two consecutive years before their puppies will be included on the Puppy List.

  • Will ensure that the sire of any litter is fully registered at the Kennel Club and that the dam of the litter is fully registered at the Kennel Club in their own name(s).

  • Will ensure that every effort is made to place puppies into suitable homes and will not sell puppies under the age of eight weeks.

  • Will register any litter bred by them at the Kennel Club and with the Club Secretary.

  • Will ensure that any litter bred by them has been properly wormed at least three times by seven weeks of age and will provide a signed declaration confirming dates and worming preparation used.

  • Will not part with any puppy with its Registration Papers if the puppy deviates seriously from the Breed standard or shows signs of a serious hereditary defect and will make a reasonable reduction in price accordingly.

  • Will be encouraged to take responsibility for any Weimaraner bred by them which is in need of rehoming.

  • Will, when engaged in competitive events with their dogs, conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring discredit to the Breed or the Club, and will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.

  • Will comply with all aspects of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and any subsequent amendments, and to the equivalent animal welfare legislation throughout the United Kingdom and to any other legislation concerning the care, well-being or breeding of dogs

  • Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.



The Weimaraner Club of Scotland, over the years, with input from members and committee has developed a code of ethics that is felt reflects the minimum expectations when owning and breeding Weimaraners.

This has been developed with the dogs, the breed type, the owner, the breeder, the general public and also the law in mind.


Note that the Kennel Club also has ethics and regulations which require to be met to register pedigree dogs. These however, are general to cover all breeds and do not have the same breed specific, protection intention written into them.  They are worth noting as a check - especially when looking at prospective puppy purchases.  



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