1. The primary role of this code is to serve the welfare and interests of the NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND as a breed and individually. In any activity involving ownership, breeding, sale and exhibition of Norwegian Elkhounds, members should act with this in mind. All members in accepting membership undertake to adhere to its principles.
2. The acquisition of a Norwegian Elkhound is to assume responsibility for its welfare and behaviour until its death or transfer to a new home.
3. A breeder should only breed from Kennel Club registered Norwegian Elkhounds which conform to the breed standard and are believed to be free from any hereditary defects, e.g. Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (except in circumstances as in 16b) and Glaucoma, and are mentally and physically sound and not suffering from acute nervousness or aggressive tendencies.
4. Bitches should not be expected to whelp under 2 years of age. All whelpings should be acceptable to The Kennel Club. However, it is recommended that bitches do not whelp on consecutive seasons nor after the age of eight years. It is further recommended that a bitch’s first litter should be whelped prior to the age of five years. No bitch should be expected to produce more than four litters.
5. Any puppy sold over the age of twelve weeks should be inoculated and ideally no puppy should leave the breeder under the age of seven weeks. It should be accompanied by a five generation certificate of pedigree, diet sheet, dates and details of worming and must be registered with the Kennel Club. All puppies sold should be insured for a minimum period of four weeks.
6. Breeders should make use of Kennel Club endorsements whenever necessary and inform the prospective owner of the reasons for this action. Purchasers should be asked to sign signifying their acceptance of endorsements.
7. No puppies or adult dogs should knowingly be sold to any retail or wholesale dealer, nor exported to countries where they are not protected by anti-cruelty laws. Ideally they should be sold direct to their new homes, every effort having been made to ascertain that the new owners have the facilities, time and commitment to correctly raise, train, exercise and are sympathetic to the Norwegian Elkhound’s special needs.
8. Breeders should be responsible for stock they have bred and sold, and be prepared to take back or make provision for dogs of their breeding at their own expense whenever possible.
9. Stud dog owners must satisfy themselves as to the suitability, breeding and condition of any bitch presented to them, also the condition under which any resultant litter would be reared. If the owner of the bitch is not a member of the Club they should be made aware of the Club’s Code of Ethics.
10. Stud dog owners should be honest about possible problems in each breeding programme and discerning about the use of their dog.
11. No member shall engage in false or misleading advertising or other falsification of their Norwegian Elkhounds. They should exhibit good manners and sportsmanship at all times.
12. Members agree to be willing to participate in a programme of improvement within the breed which will include completing breed survey questionnaires and should notify any defects thought to be hereditary immediately they are diagnosed in the Norwegian Elkhounds they own.
13. Members being aware of any case of mistreatment of any Norwegian Elkhound should report this to the appropriate authorities and the Club Secretary in writing.
14. Prior to being used for breeding all breeding stock must :
(a) Hold a Hip Score certificate issued under the Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association Hip Dysplasia scheme.
(b) Hold a clear eye test certificate issued under the KC/BVA scheme. The certificate to be dated no earlier than twelve months prior to mating.
In order to provide the breed with as much information as possible it would be appreciated if members had their Norwegian Elkhounds tested as above.
15. Prior to being used for breeding, it is recommended that all breeding stock should be tested for FRD.
16. (a) With immediate effect all breeding stock to be PRCD-PRA DNA tested and the results known and passed to the NECGB for publication in advance of matings. In cases of overseas stud dog/bitch for which the status is unknown, UK dog/bitch must be DNA tested clear or hereditary clear, the resulting progeny should be DNA tested with all registration certificates endorsed by the breeder.
(b) Mating of PRCD-PRA affected dogs is not recommended, with the exception of a "once off" per dog/bitch to a DNA tested clear dog/bitch. This would only be with a view to improving the eye status in a particular line. Please be aware that any such mating will produce 100% carriers, with all registration certificates endorsed by the breeder.
(c) The mating of carriers should only be to DNA tested or heriditary clear dogs/bitches and the resulting progeny should be DNA tested with all registration certificates endorsed by the breeder.
(d) It is recommended that all breeding stock should be eye tested annually so that they carry an updated certificate prior to breeding, regardless of DNA results of PRCD-PRA so that any other eye defect can be identified.
(e) All puppies sold should be accompanied by a copy of the Sire and Dam DNA results for PRCD-PRA appropriate at such time until DNA test results appear on the KC registration certificates.
The Committee shall request an explanation in writing from any member who fails to abide by the Code of Ethics. The member may be censured for such infringement and the censure published. In cases considered serious enough, action for expulsion shall be taken under the relevant section of the Constitution.
1. Overseas members who have difficulty complying with those items that require The Kennel Club's involvement are urged to use whatever local arrangements equate to our requirements.
2. Members are reminded that they are obliged to abide by The Kennel Club's code of ethics.