Golden Retriever Club of BC
Dedicated to responsible breeding and ownership through education

The Code of Ethics of the Golden Retriever Club of British Columbia (GRCBC) is designed to promote the highest standards among owners and breeders of Golden Retrievers in British Columbia.

Its purpose is to encourage the improvement, advancement, and preservation of the breed through selective breeding, recognition of the original purpose of the breed as a working retriever and acceptance of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) breed standard as the ultimate standard.


Health and Welfare
All Goldens must receive proper exercise and attention and be kept under sanitary conditions. They shall be given health protection through regular worming, regular inoculations and proper nutrition, as recommended by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

Community Relations
Members of the GRCBC should ensure that their dogs are not a nuisance to their neighbours or community and are properly contained at all times.

1. Each member of the GRCBC has an obligation to protect the interests of their breed by conducting themselves in a manner designed to reflect credit on themselves, their breed and on the GRCBC.

2. Each member is expected to observe the highest standards of sportsmanship and conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect positively on the sport of dogs.

3. All members should make their knowledge and experience available to the novice owner.

1. All breeding stock shall be registered with the CKC or a kennel club whose stud book is recognized by the CKC. Breeders must register individually, with the CKC, all Golden Retrievers born in Canada.

2. Only dogs and bitches 18 months of age or older shall be bred. Breeders should space litters from any bitch by allowing a maximum of two consecutive litters and a maximum of three litters within five consecutive heats. All breeding shall be carried out with the original purpose of the Golden as a retriever and the CKC standard in mind.

3. Breeders must keep accurate and complete records of all matings, whelpings, sales and pedigrees.

4. To ensure a sound and controlled growth of the Golden Retriever as a breed, breeders should sell all puppies on a CKC non-breeding agreement and should recommend the spaying and neutering of all puppies sold as pets.

5. Breeders must consider their responsibility to place all puppies they cannot keep themselves in responsible and caring homes.

6. All Golden Retrievers used for breeding must meet the following minimum requirements:

a) A certificate of examination from either the Ontario Veterinary College, or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, indicating no evidence of hip dysplasia at a minimum age of 18 months.

b) An annual certificate of examination from a member of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, or from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, indicating no evidence of eye diseases or functional abnormalities which are inherited.

c) No disqualifying faults according to the CKC breed standard.

7. Stud dog owners shall ensure that their dogs are bred only to bitches meeting the above minimum standards.

8. In addition, all breeding stock should be examined for genetic disorders such as, but not limited to; heart disease (sub valvular aortic stenosis), elbow dysplasia, bleeding disorders (Von Willebrands Disease) and endocrine disorders (thyroid conditions).

9. Notwithstanding the rules of the Golden Retriever Club of B.C., all members should familiarize themselves with the CKC By-Laws pertaining to the Breeding, Registration and Identification of purebred dogs in Canada.

1. Breeders will not supply Goldens to pet stores, commercial dealers, or for raffles, prizes or other such projects. G.R.C.B.C. members will sell, permit stud service, lease studs or bitches only to individuals who give satisfactory evidence that they will give these animals proper care and attention and who are in agreement with this Code of Ethics.

2. All puppies leaving the breeder's possession must be at least six weeks of age, although seven weeks is preferred.

3. All puppies leaving the breeder's possession must have received primary inoculations, deworming and a veterinary examination and be properly identified as required by CKC.

4. Breeders must provide the buyer with written details of feeding, general care, dates and types of inoculations and worming requirements.

5. Breeders should be willing to help place any dog of their breeding for which a new home must be found.

6. All advertising shall be factual and not worded to attract undesirable buyers or encourage the raising of Golden Retrievers as a commercial venture.

All breeders who sell Golden Retrievers, permit stud service, lease studs or bitches, or enter into co-ownerships must have a minimum written contract which outlines the following (as applicable):

- the obligations and responsibilities of both seller and purchaser,
- present and future financial cost and fees,
- breeding/non-breeding conditions of sale,
- replacement or refund warranties,
- health guarantees,
- terms for repeat stud services
- terms for removal of CKC non-breeding agreements
- the written contract must clearly state any time limit for all terms of the contract.

Any member of the GRCBC who, in the opinion of the Executive, contravenes this Code of Ethics, may be subject to reprimand, suspension or expulsion from the GRCBC, as provided for in Club By-Laws.

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