VCA code of ethics
1. Members must abide by the VCA Code of Ethics, and any laws, by-laws and regulations of the federal and state governments and the relevant local council.
Standard of the breed
2. The Breed Standard is a written criterion developed by the Golden Retriever Club of the United Kingdom and accepted by the Victorian Canine Association (VCA), which describes the ideal Golden Retriever. Members shall breed only for the purpose of improving the quality of the breed, and not for the pet shop market or any other commercial purpose.
VCA rules & regulations
3. Members shall ensure that when selling or transferring a dog to another person that documents as required by the VCA Inc. Rules and/or Regulations, will be provided to the purchaser or transferee.
4. Members shall ensure that each dog to be used for breeding or to be shown or worked is properly registered with the VCA, in accordance with the understanding of the purchaser.
5. Members must maintain accurate breeding and litter records.
Hereditary defects, health & breeding
6. Members owning stud dogs shall be selective in the bitches they accept, in terms of soundness and hereditary defects, and as the owner of a stud dog, ensure that the owner of the dam has the ability and the necessary facilities to successfully whelp, raise and assure the future well being of any resulting litter. They also have an obligation to assist the breeder as needed and/or requested.
7. As the owner of the dam, members shall ensure that the owner of the sire has the knowledge and experience to provide a safe and supervised mating, including the diligent care of the dam.
8. Members shall endeavour to breed dogs that are as free as possible from hereditary defects including Hip Dysplasia, eye disorders (which include Cataracts, PRA, Distichiasis and Entropian), bad temperament and structural defects.
9. Members shall ensure that at all times all dogs under their control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper veterinary attention, if and when required.
10. That excepting in extenuating circumstances, Members shall not allow any bitch kept by them or registered in their name to be mated before it is eighteen months of age. Thereafter Members shall not breed from any bitch kept by them or registered in their name more than twice in any 18-month period. Members will not breed any bitch kept by them or registered in their name more than four times without prior veterinary certification of fitness for further breeding.
11. Members shall not permit any pure bred dog owned by them or registered in their name to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross-bred dog, or to an unregistered dog of the same breed.
Selling or donating
12. Members shall not sell or allow any dog to be sold to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly to allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind, or auction or allow to be auctioned any dog owned by them or registered in their name.
13. Members shall ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from them clearly understand their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal, and that they have the time and facilities (i.e. adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter, etc.) to meet their obligations. The concept of a dog being a LIFETIME commitment should always be reinforced with the purchaser.
14. Members shall provide to all purchasers of dogs placed by them, written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements and/or an appropriate publication relating to such requirements and responsible dog ownership. Regardless of age, spaying or neutering of all dogs sold, as companions should be actively encouraged.
15. Members shall not sell or otherwise transfer from their care any puppy under eight weeks of age, thus allowing for vaccination to be given at six weeks of age, and the necessary ten to fourteen days for the vaccine to take effect. Members shall not export a puppy under the age of 12 weeks.
Honesty in representation
16. Members shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, nor falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the performance of any dog, and at all times shall adhere to proper and ethical business practices when breeding, selling and placing their dogs.
I 7. Members shall not allow any dogs under their care to roam at large and when away from home ensure they are kept fully leashed, or under effective control, at all times.
Any member failing to observe any provisions of the Code of Ethics may be dealt with under the Rules of the Club.