CODE OF ETHICS
Approved at the Annual General meeting June 1997
This Code of Ethics forms part of the application
for membership. The applicant is prepared to honour the Code.
GENERAL - all members will:
Provide their Boxers with appropriate housing,
food and health care.
Endeavour to enhance the role of the Boxer in
society as an essential member of its communities where it functions
primarily as a companion and a guardian and above all, ĎA personís
Participate, whether they be exhibitors, handlers,
judges or assistants, in dog shows, trials and other events with
honesty, fairness and integrity ever mindful of the practice of
Undertake the task of educating and encouraging
all newcomers to the world of purebred Boxers no matter their
interest: pet-owner, exhibitor, trialer, or breeder.
Include in their programs, only Canadian Kennel
Club registered (or registerable) stock, which will strengthen
the genetic pool and thus, guarantee further progression towards
the ideals of the standard, keeping authentic records of their
BREEDING - all members will breed:
With the main criterion to improve the breed.
Only for sound and valid reasons and not solely
as a commercial venture.
Only healthy and sound Boxers, who display good
Only Boxers, who are free of the following disqualifying
faults: monorchids and/or having a white background or entirely
white or any other colour other than fawn or two types of brindle
and Boxers with white markings that exceed one-third of the ground
colour (hereinafter referred to a "White Boxer").
Only bitches between the ages of eighteen months
and six years and not more than once a year.
STUD DOGS - all members will:
Ensure their stud dog is free from Canine Brucellosis
and any other communicable diseases.
Not knowingly offer at stud a Boxer, who has a
disqualifying or genetic fault.
Be selective in the bitches which are bred to
the stud dog.
Not breed their stud dogs to a White Boxer bitch.
Complete a stud dog contract to be signed by both
parties before the mating takes place. The contract shall include
the following special conditions: if the breeding produces White
boxers, the stud dog owner will only sign the litter registration
if the White Boxers are identified by a tattoo or microchip and
they are spayed or neutered as evidenced by a certificate duly
completed by a D.V.M.
Not breed their stud dog to a bitch owned by a
pet store, chain or commercial kennel.
SALES - all members will:
Arrange to identify each Boxer by a tattoo or
Ensure that tail docking and ear cropping (latter
is optional), is done under the most humane circumstances (The
exhibit of Boxer with cropped ears is not given preference solely
by virtue of being ear cropped).
Only sell White boxer if they are identified by
a tattoo or microchip and if they are spayed or neutered as evidenced
by a certificate duly completed by a D.V.M.
Screen buyers on their desire and ultimate intent
for each Boxer. Their interest and ability to provide a safe adequate
and loving home should be determined. Fenced yards and crates
should be recommended.
Ensure that all relevant Canadian Kennel Club
registration papers are provided to the new owner within a reasonable
period of time.
Provide the new owner with a health record, including
shots given, diet and care information.
Strive to be accurate and honest to the best of
their ability in appraising the quality of Boxers being offered
for sale or placement with reference to the standard of the breed.
Recommend to the new owners to spay or neuter
Endeavour to help the new owners in every reasonable
Help educate the public on the standard of the
breed and care of the Boxer in areas where they are qualified.
Not participate in any act or acts, which may
bring the name of the Club or any of its members into disrepute.
Not sell Boxers to a pet store, chain or commercial
Supplementary notes :
THIS CODE OF ETHICS CONSTITUTES THE REQUIRED STANDARD
OF BEHAVIOUR EXPECTED OF MEMBERS. ANY MEMBER FOUND IN BREACH OF THESE
RECOMMENDATIONS COULD BE CALLED UPON TO EXPLAIN THEIR ACTIONS TO THE
BOXER CLUB OF CANADA. REFER ARTICLE IV DISCIPLINE OF THE CONSTITUTION
OF THE BOXER CLUB OF CANADA.
Explanatory note regarding disqualification for "White
Approximately twenty-five percent of all Boxer
puppies born are either white or almost all white, making white
puppies neither "rare" nor "unusual". White puppies come from
a recessive gene. Throughout the Global Boxer World it is common
practice not to use "White Boxers" in breeding programs for the
"White Boxers" will not strengthen the genetic
"White Boxers" may develop skin problems, when
exposed to the sun.
"White Boxers" may become deaf in either one or
both ears. Deafness in white pups of several breeds results when
the cells of the skin lining of the ear canal lack pigment.
"White Boxers" may become blind.
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