These recommendations are meant as
guidelines for what the American Shetland
Sheepdog Association (ASSA) considers ethical
dog-related practices in the areas of breeding,
selling, buying, and exhibiting the Shetland
OF THE BREEDER/SELLER:
ultimate goal of the responsible breeder should
be to improve the breed by producing attractive,
healthy, puppies with good temperaments, whether
for pet or show.
2) Breeders should have a basic knowledge of
genetics, the breed, dog breeding in general,
and the specific faults and virtues of their
chosen genetic lines. They should also be aware
of potential health problems, associated both
with the breed itself, and the specific lines.
This is to encourage improvement of the breed by
using top quality stock, along with extensive,
3) A breeder should be discriminating in the
placement of his stock. A breeder should not
sell to, or aid in selling a Sheltie to any
person who he, or she, has reason to believe
will not provide proper care and environment, or
who may use the dog in a fashion which is
detrimental to the dog itself, or the breed.
4) It is recommended that breeders not sell
puppies under the age of eight (8) weeks and/or
without proper, documented, immunization and
health protection for their age.
5) Breeders should be honest and forthright in
answering questions pertaining to their
6) Breeders should recommend future immunization
and worming schedules, as well as ways to deal
with various health and/or behavioral problems
that might occur. Breeders should also inform
new owners of any health clearances that have
been performed on one or both of the parents.
7) The ASSA encourages all Sheltie owners that
breed Shelties to assume more responsibility for
dogs produced throughout their lives rather than
just until the first sale.
8) Breeders should maintain the best possible
health, safety, cleanliness and veterinary care
for their animals, as well as proper nutrition
and socialization; and should pass these
recommended measures along to new owners.
9) All agreements should be in writing, and be
clearly understood by all parties.
10) Breeding arrangements should never be
established which would encourage the pet buyer
to undertake a breeding program. If a "breeder"
does not have the time, facility or desire to
themselves have a litter out of a particular
brood matron, that dog should not be passed to a
pet buyer just to produce puppies.
11) Responsible breeders should require the
spaying/neutering of all non-breeding animals
and follow-up should be done to ensure that this
aspect of the contract has been fulfilled.
Shelties used for breeding should conform as
closely as possible to the breed standard.
2) Breeding animals should be screened and clear
of discoverable genetic defects prior to
3) The following is a partial list of possible
Males should be entire (monorchids
and/or cryptorchids should not be used.)
Dogs with questionable temperaments
should not be used for breeding.
Dogs on medication intended to alter the
dog's physical or mental condition
should not be used for breeding.
responsible breeder prohibits the sale of
animals or the provision of stud services/brood
matrons to commercial operations, including
puppy mills, pet shops, brokers, laboratories,
auctions, raffles, or contest giveaways.
2) Motivation for breeding the Shetland Sheepdog
should be the creation and improvement of the
breed, rather than solely for financial gain.
AKC RULES COMPLIANCE:
Complete and accurate records must be kept; and
those necessary forwarded to new owners.
2) Breeders agree to abide by all AKC rules and
regulations, whether pertaining to breeding,
exhibiting, record-keeping or any other aspect
of purebred dog ownership.
3) Breeders will breed only AKC-registered dogs.
Sheltie owners should encourage public
education, represent the breed honestly to
prospective buyers, and help people to make
informed canine-related decisions.
2) Breeders should make themselves available to
the purchaser after the sale has been
consummated to help with education counseling,
grooming and other care questions as well as
solving behavioral problems.
3) Breeders should make available to fellow
breeders any information they have that might
aid in that breeder's efforts to improve the
4) ASSA members should be an example of
leadership and outreach to encourage proper
Maligning of others or others' dogs is
inappropriate. Good sportsmanship is appropriate
at all times.
In general, all dog owners have a responsibility
to their canine companions to provide proper
care and humane treatment at all times, whether
in a multiple or single dog household. Proper
care and humane treatment includes adequate and
nutritious diet, clean water, adequate exercise,
clean comfortable living conditions, regular
veterinary care, kind and responsive human
companionship, and training for appropriate
behavior. Dogs should not be kept in
circumstances or numbers where all of these
needs cannot be adequately fulfilled.
Approved by ASSA Board of Directors - May 1996