constitution requires its members to read, sign and abide
by the provisions herein which may apply to each member's
particular circumstances -- either as an owner or as a
breeder of Rat Terriers -- and to support the Rat Terrier
Club of America in the improvement and AKC advancement of
Rat Terrier breed.
I agree that as an owner of Rat
Terrier I will:
Promote and practice responsible canine ownership and
proper canine husbandry. I will endeavor to act in a
responsible and courteous manner while in public, which
includes keeping my dogs under control at all times as
prescribed by the AKC "Canine Good Citizens" standard and
to promptly clean up after them.
Foster and promote good
sportsmanship in the exhibition, showing or training of
dogs in and out of the ring.
Familiarize myself with and abide
by the rules of the American Kennel Club as applicable.
And thus support, promote and encourage in a cooperative
effort to establish the American Rat Terrier as a
nationally accepted and duly recognized AKC breed.
Consider the welfare of my Rat
Terrier above personal gain or profit.
Be honest in my representations of
the Rat Terrier breed, including issues of appearance,
temperament and health.
I agree that as a breeder of
Rat Terrier I will:
Learn, understand and follow the
RTCA and AKC Standard of the Breed and what constitutes
the proper conduct of a reputable breeder before I
undertake the responsibilities of breeding my Rat Terrier.
Agree to produce litters that
promote the improvement of breed and exemplify type, as
described in the AKC and RTCA standard and that are free
of any disqualifying genetic traits; such as short legs,
albinism, hairlessness, brindle or merle colorations and
will remove any such disqualified individual and their get
from my AKC/RTCA registrations or sterilize them. I agree
not to knowingly use individuals whose parents display
these disqualifications in my breeding program.
Always consider age, health and
the well-being of an individual dog or bitch when making
breeding decisions, including individual breed faults and
frequency and number of breeding's. I will provide routine
veterinarian examination before breeding --
especially maidens and any individual over 8 years of age.
I will never breed bitch before is one year of age and
will make sure she is physical sound as well as mentally
and physically mature before her first breeding. I will
breed ONLY when adequate care in the raising and placement
of the pups is reasonably assured.
Breed only healthy stock, that has
been tested and examined, and is know to be free of:
genetic defect, transmittable diseases, disqualifying
faults or unsound behaviors - such as unwarranted
aggression or shyness towards humans.
Provide stud dog service only to
approved and properly registered AKC bitches, and require
proof of such registration, before attempting any mating,
contractual or not. Stud owners are required to sign an
AKC certificate of service for registration and require
the bithc owner to register with AKC.
Keep accurate breeding records,
contracts and pedigrees and aid in the prompt and proper
registration of all puppies I breed in accordance with all
applicable rules and regulations set by the AKC.
Be honest with respect to the
health, conformation and temperament of all my Rat Terrier
dams, sires and offspring.
Offer a written agreement of sale
to all buyers, stating all guarantees and reserving the
right to provide a "Limited Registration" for and
individual deemed to be of pet quality and deny
registration to individuals with unwanted or disqualifying
Place puppies with new owners only
after I am convinced that the buyer will provide
responsible and humane care for that dog.
Act in a responsible, respectful
and helpful manner to all of my peers and puppy owners. To
help re-hoe any puppies or dogs of my breeding to the best
of my ability should any occasion arise indicating that
this assistance is need.
Not knowingly sell to wholesalers,
brokers or commercial distributors of any description,
including research lab facilities. Use and encourage
permanent identification, such as a tattoo, microchip or
positive identification through DNA tying.