I believe that the welfare of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
breed is of paramount importance. It supersedes any other
commitment to Cavaliers, whether that be personal, competitive, or
financial. Therefore I agree to act in accordance with the
following Code of Ethics at all times, and I understand that actions
contrary to the Code may be grounds for disciplinary measures to be
taken by the Board of Directors of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Club, USA, Inc. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA, Inc.
(hereafter referred to as CKCSC) is a Club composed of members
devoted to the continued betterment of the breed, who put this
interest well ahead of any commercial consideration. The following
Code of Ethics is predicated upon this fundamental philosophy.
Records And Registration
I understand that all records compiled by the CKCSC depend entirely
upon the accuracy of the information I provide. Therefore, I will
register every eligible Cavalier owned, bred or imported by me. In
accordance with the CKCSC Rules for Registration and Transfer of
Dogs, I will maintain complete and accurate records of each litter I
breed and register each puppy individually, as follows:
| For the Sire and Dam:
- CKCSC registered name, number for Accepted Foreign
Registry name and number, color, and date of birth.
- Names and addresses of registered owners.
- Dates of actual breeding.
| For the resulting litter:
- Date of whelping.
- Number, color and sex of puppies delivered.
- Name, sex, and registration number of each puppy
- Name and address of owner of each puppy
I realize that the purpose of breeding Cavalier King Charles
Spaniels is to attempt to bring their natural qualities to
perfection in accordance with the Breed Standard. There exists a
constant danger that ignorant or disreputable breeders may, by
improper practices, produce physically, mentally or temperamentally
unsound specimens to the detriment of the breed. I will consult
with the breeder of the dog I own and/or with some other experienced
breeder before undertaking any breeding.
| If I decide to breed a litter, I will
- To the best of my ability be selective with respect
to conformation, physical well-being, and
temperament of the pair to be mated.
- Breed only after a careful study and understanding
of the Breed Standard, as it applies to the
pedigrees of the two dogs involved, and to the dogs
- Breed only Cavaliers registered with or eligible
for registration with the CKCSC.
- Be prepared to provide the proper care for both the
bitch and her litter, and to retain the puppies for
as long as is necessary to assure their placement
in suitable homes.
- Never breed from or to any Cavalier known to me to
have an inheritable disqualifying, disabling, or
potentially disabling defect.
- Register with CKCSC, in accordance with the Club's
Procedures for Registration and Transfer of Dogs,
each of my Cavalier litters whelped in the USA.
| As the owner of a stud dog, I realize that I must
exercise exemplary conduct in the use of my dog in order
to abide by the standards set forth in this Code of
Ethics. Therefore I will
- Use my dog only on bitches which I feel are an
asset to the breed, whose owners agree to conform
to this Code of Ethics.
- Supply a duly signed Stud Service Certificate at
the time of mating.
- Be as helpful as possible in assisting the owner of
the bitch with the placement of any puppies
resulting form the use of my dog, realizing that I
am as responsible as the breeder for these puppies.
- Provide one free return service by the same dog for
a bitch which has failed to conceive or to whelp a
viable litter, as long as the dog is still in my
| As the owner of the brood bitch, I realize that I must
exercise exemplary conduct in breeding from her in order
to abide by the standards set forth in the Code of
Ethics. Therefore I will not
- Breed a bitch before 12 months and then only if she
is sufficiently mature and in excellent health: nor
breed a bitch that has reached her eighth birthday.
- Allow a bitch to whelp more than two litters during
any three consecutive seasons.
- Allow a bitch to carry to term and rear more than
six litters in her lifetime.
Care And Transfer Of Puppies And Dogs
| I will provide all puppies with proper veterinary and
home care, which include:
- Checking into the removal of dewclaws, including
hind dewclaws if present. The CKCSC strongly
recommends the removal of front dewclaws to prevent
the eyes from being damaged.
- The elimination of parasites, internal and
- The necessary inoculations.
- A properly balanced nutritional diet as recommended
by my veterinarian.
| I will ask my veterinarian to euthanize any puppy found
to be deformed or suffering from an irreversible illness.
| I will do my best to evaluate my Cavaliers objectively
and to use for breeding only those conforming closely to
the Breed Standard. All others I will either have
neutered before transferring them or will transfer with
a CKCSC "Registered Transfer of Dog" form, duly signed by
buyer and seller, restricting the Cavalier from being
used for breeding purposes.
| I will to the very best of my ability screen all
prospective new owners to determine their suitability and
their motives in acquiring a Cavalier. Special attention
will be given to the necessary commitment to financial
responsibility for proper care and adequate physical
| I will not allow any puppy to leave for its new home
before the age of eight weeks. The CKCSC recommends the
to twelve weeks as the appropriate age for transfer.
| I will make sure that each of my Cavaliers, upon being
released to its new owner, is accompanied by the
- Feeding instructions.
- Written medical records, which will include
immunizations, types of vaccine used, date(s) of
inoculations, date(s) of worming if any.
- A pedigree showing at least three generations.
- A copy of the Code of Ethics.
- A CKCSC Membership Application form.
- A Certificate of Health, signed by my veterinarian.
| I will see that the necessary forms and fees to transfer
ownership are submitted to the Registration Secretary.
| I will encourage all new owners to have their Cavaliers
checked by a veterinarian within forty-eight hours of
time of acquisition.
| I will encourage all new owners to keep me informed
concerning the development of any Cavalier obtained from
me, and to advise me of any problems that may develop
during its lifetime, as well as of the eventual cause of
| I will ask the owners of any dog acquired from me to
advise me if they are ever unable to keep their Cavalier,
so that I can either take the dog back or give every
assistance in rehoming it.
| I understand that if I co-own a dog it is wise to have a
contract drawn up, signed by both co-owners, stating the
exact terms of co-ownership.
| I will be certain that any advertising I do of my
Cavaliers, written or oral, is factual and honest in both
substance and implication.
General Conduct Of Members
I will remember at all times that the CKCSC exists to protect and
improve the breed, and that these aims must be uppermost in all
activities within the breed.
| I will
- Try to educate each owner or interested person, and
be constructive as well as instructive in my
- Always demonstrate good sportsmanship both inside
and outside the show ring.
- Behave in a manner that will be conducive to the
advancement of our Breed and our Club.
- Provide my dog(s) with adequate exercise, proper
diet, and the necessary inoculations.
- Maintain sanitary conditions for my dog(s).
- Make every effort to do what is best for my
Cavalier, including house-breaking and general
training, so he will become a dog which is a
pleasure to live with.
- Assure that my Cavalier has good medical care
throughout his lifetime, even if he develops a
chronic or acute illness or condition, and make
sure he is given euthanosis when I know this has
become necessary, realizing these are the
responsibilities of dog ownership.
- Conform to Section III of this Code should it ever
become necessary to sell, give away, or otherwise
rehome my Cavalier(s).
| I will not
- Knowingly falsify pedigree or breeding information.
- Seller Cavaliers to pet shops either on consignment
- Supply Cavaliers for auctions, raffles, or other
- Knowingly sell to unethical breeders, or sell to
persons whose intention is to resell is known or
- Purchase any Cavalier or any litter for resale
either to an individual or a commercial
- Maliciously degrade another member's Cavalier,
kennel, or practices.
| In all questions of Ethics not covered by this Code, I
will act in the best interest of the breed at all times.
| I will not exhibit in an Official Conformation Class any
Cavalier which has been changed in appearance or gait by
artificial means, except for the removal of its dewclaws and
the optional docking of its tail. The term "artificial
means" covers any attempt to alter the appearance or gait of
the dog, whether it be by coloring, trimming, surgery or any
| When I exhibit my Cavalier(s) I will be considerate of all
other exhibitors and their dogs, remembering that I as well
as my Cavalier, represent our breed and our Club.
Enforcement And Appeals
| I acknowledge that a violation of the Code of Ethics may
be cause for suspension or expulsion under the provisions
of Article III, Section 9 of the By-laws of the CKCSC.
| I understand that it is my responsibility to notify an
Officer or Director if I suspect a violation of this
| I understand that an appeals method will be established
by the Board of Directors in accordance with the
Constitution and By-laws of the CKCSC, whereby a member
found guilty of a violation of this Code may appeal this
| I understand that members of the Board of Directors may
not take an active part in decisions which personally
It is recognized that legitimate exceptions to this Code of Ethics
may arise from time to time. In such cases, any member may request
that the problem be reviewed by the President, or the President's
designee(s), who will make a recommendation to the Board of
Directors. Furthermore, in certain cases, upon sufficient evidence
and under conditions where the welfare of the breed is assured, the
Board of Directors may waive any of the foregoing provisions.