Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the Tibetan Terrier Club of Canada is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Tibetan Terrier Club of Canada members shall:

  1. Abide by and uphold the principles of the Constitution, By-laws and the Code of Ethics of both the Tibetan Terrier Club of Canada and of the Canadian Kennel Club. Failure to do so will result in the removal from the Breeders List and possibly from the club.
  2. Provide proper nutrition, exercise, regular grooming and veterinary care to maintain their Tibetan Terriers in good health.
  3. Never abandon or place their Tibetan Terriers in a shelter, pound, SPCA or other Humane Society. If circumstances dictate that they can no longer keep or care for their Tibetan Terriers, members shall make every effort to return them to the breeder or find a suitable new home for them.
  4. Never supply a Tibetan Terrier to a pet shop or commercial dealer or offer a dog as a prize for raffles, auctions or similar events.
  5. Demonstrate good sportsmanship when competing in or spectating at Tibetan Terrier Club of Canada or other dog related events.
  6. Help and offer assistance to newcomers to the breed and the

In addition to the above, TTCC MEMBER BREEDERS shall:

  1. Ensure that they have the necessary time, facilities and resources to properly care for the bitch and expected litter.
  2. Make every effort to breed only dogs that conform to the CKC breed standard in order to maintain or improve the desired qualities of the Tibetan Terrier.
  3. Breed only healthy, mature Tibetan Terriers of sound temperament.
  4. Breed no more than four litters from each female, with the first litter bred as close to 24 months of age with some leeway depending on the timing of their season, skipping a season between most litters. Bitches should not be bred over the age of eight. Exceptions or concessions with veterinary guidance could be granted with permission from the executive.
  5. Breed only dogs that have OFA clearance for Hip Dysplasia (or clearance from another recognized certified organization such as PennHip is acceptable). Preliminary x-rays must be done before breeding either stud dog or brood bitch and must be followed up by OFA certification after 24 months of age.
  6. Stud dogs can be used after 18 months of age with appropriate health testing.
  7. Breed only dogs that have had eyes cleared by a certified ophthalmologist prior to breeding. Eye exams should be followed up with re-checks every two to three years depending on clinic availability.
  8. DNA testing is required for NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis), PLL (Primary Lens Luxation), PRA3 (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and PRA-rcd4 (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). DNA testing is suggested for other available tests for Tibetan Terriers. Clear by Parentage (CBP) is accepted.
  9. Frozen semen on deceased stud dogs can be used when required testing is not complete if bred to a bitch with current up-to-date health clearances. A health guarantee is suggested for all puppies from these breedings.
  10. Consider the placement of puppies carefully and screen prospective buyers to find the most suitable homes.
  11. Only release puppies to new homes after they are at least eight weeks old and have been properly socialized.
  12. Provide the purchaser with a written contract and accurate health, breeding and registration records at the time of the sale.
  13. Provide the purchaser with details of proper feeding, grooming, training, general care and advisable veterinary care.
  14. Be willing to take back or assist in finding a new home for a Tibetan Terrier they have sold if circumstances dictate that the owner can no longer care for the dog.