The Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc.
CODE OF ETHICS
Amended as of August 30, 2014
MASCA, in keeping with its paramount aim of breeding the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size to the highest standard for working ability, health, versatility, and conformation, has adopted the following Code of Ethics to promote and foster the highest standards among breeders, owners, and fanciers, while encouraging good sportsmanship and cooperation toward the improvement and advancement of the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size.
ALL MEMBERS OF MASCA AND THOSE BREEDERS AND OWNERS UTILIZING THE MASCA REGISTRY ARE REQUIRED TO SUBSCRIBE TO AND UPHOLD MASCA’S CODE OF ETHICS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN AND IN MASCA’S BYLAWS.
PRIOR TO DOG REGISTRATION OR MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST READ, AGREE TO ABIDE BY, AND SIGN THE MASCA CODE OF ETHICS.
The objectives and purpose of the Club shall be:
A) To promote and breed for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size as a versatile working dog with the required herding ability, intelligence, structure, strength, stamina, temperament, and agility to perform any tasks presented to the dog.
B) To oppose the influence by any organizations, registries, or persons whose beliefs and/or actions might result in practices considered detrimental to the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size.
C) To ensure that MASCA’s members, owners and breeders accept and breed in accordance with a single standard for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size, as approved by MASCA from time to time. Members may not simultaneously register a MASCA-registered Australian Shepherd as a different, separate breed with another registry and retain the MASCA registration privileges for that dog. In addition, MASCA’s members, owners and breeders may not register a dog with MASCA as an Australian Shepherd of the miniature size if that dog is of a separate breed or already registered with an outside registry.
D) To provide and maintain a registry for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size which will include: individual dog records, pedigree records, stud dog, bitch, and breeder records. The above documentation will prevent the introduction of any factors that would oppose the MASCA Mission Statement and prove detrimental to MASCA and the integrity of the registry.
Article 1: Records
- Each MASCA member who breeds his/her bitch or uses his/her stud for services must keep accurate breeding records of the following: stud services, leases, pedigrees, all litters produced, sales of dog/puppies, and all exchanges involving Australian Shepherds of the miniature size for a minimum of five (5) years.
- Any MASCA member who falsifies a registration or knowingly misrepresents a pedigree to MASCA must be reported to the MASCA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will determine any further actions, which may include suspension of at least 6 months, expulsion from MASCA, and/or a fine, in accordance with the provisions set forth in MASCA’s Bylaws.
Article 2: Breeding
- A MASCA breeder should plan each breeding with the paramount intention of improving the breeding standards of the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size.
- A MASCA breeder should select a stud and matron with an eye towards correct conformation, natural working ability, and temperament. The breeder must take into regard the MASCA Breed Standard, pedigrees and basic principles of genetics when making these selections.
- A MASCA breeder shall refrain from breeding any dog or bitch under the age of twelve (12) months. Offspring of any dog and/or bitch under the age of twelve (12) months but over the age of nine (9) months shall be eligible for Provisional Registration only. Offspring of any dog and/or bitch under the age of nine (9) months shall not be eligible for MASCA registration. Two (2) years is the preferred minimum age for breeding any dog or bitch.
- Before entering into any breeding agreement, a MASCA breeder must reasonably scrutinize the registration, pedigree, conformation, and working potentials of both sire and dam, keeping in mind the requirements for the ideal Australian Shepherd of the miniature size as described in the MASCA Breed Standard.
- A MASCA breeder should refuse any breeding if, in his/her opinion it is not in the best interest of the breed. Should he/she refuse the breeding, an explanation of his/her reasoning should be given to the owner of the bitch/dog. A breeder should use for breeding purposes only those individual dogs that are free from defects such as monorchidism, cryptorchidism, deafness, hereditary eye or hip defects and other disqualifying defects. A breeder must further refrain from breeding any individual dog who, although free from defects, consistently produces afflicted puppies.
Article 3: Health
- A MASCA breeder must maintain high standards of health care and shelter for his/her dogs. In furtherance thereof, a breeder must guarantee the health of puppies at the time of sale.
Article 4: Sales
- A MASCA breeder must be discriminatory in the sale of his/her puppies and be concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. At a minimum, the breeder must thoroughly screen all prospective puppy buyers. With this in mind, Australian Shepherds of the miniature size shall not be donated for raffles, sold to wholesalers or retailers such as pet shops, or sold at public auction. These actions can result in a suspension of not less than 6 months, expulsion from MASCA, and/or a fine, in the Board of Directors’ discretion in accordance with MASCA’s Bylaws.
- A MASCA breeder should, for his/her own protection as well as that of the buyer, provide adequate written contractual proof of registration, sale and guarantees at the time of sale.
- A MASCA breeder should provide a minimum of one (1) year written guarantee against handicapping congenital defects on all puppies sold. With the sale of breeding stock, the breeder should guarantee against all hereditary defects and disqualifying faults according to the MASCA Breed Standard for a like period of time.
- A MASCA breeder should provide a spay/neuter contract on all puppies sold as pets only, withholding registration papers until proof of spaying or neutering is submitted by the buyer. Alternatively, the breeder can provide early spay/neuter on all puppies sold as pets only.
- A MASCA breeder must be willing to take back and find alternative homes for any dog of his/her breeding in the event that the buyer is unable to provide proper care for it at any time in the future.
- A MASCA breeder should transfer all applicable registration papers when the purchase agreement is completed and agreeable to both parties or in a timely manner if waiting for proof of spaying or neutering.
- Upon the sale of a puppy/dog, the MASCA breeder should provide the buyer with a three (3) or more generation pedigree that includes the following information: all registrations of dam and sire, coat color, eye color and indication of naturally bobbed tail occurrence (if known), diet and care information, health guarantees (including preliminary eye exam results) and worming/inoculation records (including date and type of serum).
- A MASCA breeder should refrain from releasing a puppy to the buyer until it is at least seven (7) weeks of age.
- A MASCA breeder will be honest about the registrations of the parents and said litter. The breeder will provide the buyer with the information on all registries that the parents and litter are registered with, and which registry the breeder wants the puppy registered with.
Article 5: Advertising
- The MASCA breeder agrees that all advertising of puppies/dogs should be factual and honest in both substance and implication. The breeder will not advertise a MASCA dog as an AKC Miniature American Shepherd.
- The MASCA breeder should be cautious in informing buyers about the breeding potential of a dog, as the breeding of Australian Shepherds of the miniature size is not to be taken lightly.
Article 6: Member Relations
- MASCA members shall be expected to express good sportsmanship in all activities involving the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size. Unsportsmanlike conduct must be reported to the MASCA Board of Directors for further actions.
- MASCA members must refrain from unnecessary criticism of another person’s dog(s).
- As a matter of ethics, the MASCA member pledges to help educate the general public, as well as graciously assist the novice breeder, with correct and pertinent information regarding the Australian Shepherd of the miniature size.
Article 7: Implementation
- Any infractions of this Code of Ethics should be reported, in writing, to the MASCA Board of Directors in accordance with the MASCA Bylaws. Correspondence to the Board of Directors should be sent to: MASCA, PO Box 1526 Red Oak, TX 15154.
- If and when a MASCA breeder: (i) deviates from these ideals, (ii) is uncooperative in rectifying their dog(s)’ information, (iii) falsifies said information (in violation of the Bylaws and this COE), or (iv) acts in a manner unbecoming to a MASCA member, then written evidence should be presented to the Board of Directors for disciplinary action. Infractions may result in termination of membership and/or revocation of MASCA registration privileges for all members, owners, breeders, and/or dogs, in accordance with the terms of the MASCA Bylaws.
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