The following is a Code of Ethics approved by
The Bulldog Club of America, Div. VIII.
(AL, FL, GA, MS, TN)
Division VIII Breeders Code of Ethics
- All dogs should be kept under sanitary conditions and be given maximum health protection
through regular inoculations and proper nutrition.
- All breeders and stud dog owners must keep accurate and complete health
records of all matings and pedigrees, according to AKC rules and regulations
and breed only AKC registered bulldogs.
- All puppies leaving the breeder's possession should be a minimum of
eight weeks of age, or of an age according to any state law.
- All breeders should breed to the American Kennel Club's Standard of
Excellence for the Bulldog from physically and mentally healthy quality
stock. Breeders and stud dog owners should screen for diseases known
to be inherited by the Bulldog breed. Attention should be paid to
the proper and appropriate temperament of the breed when selecting breeding
- Before deciding to produce a litter, breeders should consider their
responsibility for that litter--they must place all puppies they do not
intend to keep and be prepared to keep puppies for an extended period of
- Breeders should provide buyers with written instructions for the feeding
and general care of their puppy, and with a schedule of dates and types
of inoculations and worming received.
- Breeders and stud dog owners should not sell or consign puppies or adult
dogs to pet stores or other commercial dealers.
- All companion pet puppies should be sold on the American Kennel Club's
Limited Registration Certificate and/or on spay and neuter agreements.
- Bitches should be bred only once a year. They should not be bred
before 18 months of age, nor after 7 years of age, nor after three whelpings.
Breeders should ensure against unwanted breedings.
- Puppies should be sold on a contract that benefits and protects seller
and buyer and ensures that the breeder/seller will be contacted
whenever an owner can no longer keep a dog, at any time within the dog's
life. The breeder/seller should either assist in the placement of,
or accept return of, said dog. Any stud dog owner, whose breeder
has not completed his responsibility to said dog, should assist in the
placement of, or accept the custody of, any dog sired by their stud dog,
at no cost to the stud owner.
- Stud dog owners should permit stud service only to quality, healthy
AKC registered bitches owned by individuals who agree with this Code of
Ethics and who present satisfactory evidence that they will give these
dogs proper care and attention.
- All breedings should be supervised by persons experienced with good
breeding procedures to ensure the health and safety of both the AKC registered
stud and bitch. Whenever possible, the stud dog owner should inspect
the litter following whelping.
- All advertising should be factual and not slanted to attract undesirable
buyers or encourage the raising of Bulldogs as a money-making business.
- Bulldog owners should ensure that their dogs are never a nuisance to
their neighbors or community.
- It is our goal that no Bulldog should ever be surrendered to a humane
society or animal shelter.
BACK TO INFORMATION ON PURCHASING A BULLDOG PUPPY
We're proud to be a part of
The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Regional