Breeders Code Of Ethics

By posting ads on a website owned by APET4U LLC, I will abide by this code of ethics.

  1. I will provide information on the characteristics and properties of the breed to interested individuals.
  2. I will maintain a safe, clean and sanitary facility for all stud dogs, bitches, adult dogs for sale and puppies for sale.
  3. I will breed only for the purpose of improving the quality of the breed. I will conscientiously plan each litter of puppies for sale, selecting a stud dog and bitch to be mated based on their pedigrees, conformation and temperament.
  4. I will be knowledgeable about inherited health problems in my breed and will do appropriate health clearances on all breeding animals.
  5. I will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, nor falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the performance of any dogs for sale or puppies for sale.
  6. I will not breed any male or female until they are both physically and mentally mature, and I will not continue to breed any male or female beyond an appropriate age for the breed.
  7. I will comply with all federal, state or provincial and local government laws and regulations concerning the keeping of dogs.
  8. I will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least eight (8) weeks old, or ten (10) weeks old if they are under 2lbs.
  9. I will show discrimination in the sale of my puppies and be concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. I will make buyers aware of their responsibilities as dog owners. I will not supply puppies or dogs to be trained or used for dog fighting.
  10. I will keep accurate records and retain those records for a minimum of five years. These records will include: stud service contracts, pedigrees, all litters of puppies for sale, and all dogs/puppies sold.
  11. I will not deliberately degrade any fancier, their dogs, or their kennel
  12. I will be honest and ethical in my financial dealings with buyers.
  13. At time of sale, I will provide the buyer:
    1. A properly executed Registration Certificate together with full written disclosure of the name of the Registry and its standards and requirements (or if puppy is not to be registered, a written statement to that effect). Registration materials may be withheld if a written statement is provided to the new owner of when, and under what conditions, they will be provided (e.g. until the time of spay or neuter by the new owner as verified by a veterinarian, or if a written certification identifying the exact date of birth, and the registration numbers of the Sire and Dam is provided instead).
    2. Health record including a diet, inoculation and parasite control record, and health guarantee.
    3. Basic diet and care information.
    4. A time frame during which the puppy or dog may be examined by a licensed veterinarian, at the buyer's expense, and, upon written recommendation of the veterinarian for specific genetic health reasons the puppy or dog may be retuned to the seller for a full refund or replacement puppy/dog

    I agree to be a resource for buyers of puppies or older dogs that I have sold for the life of the dog. All breeders on any website owned by APET4U LLC are required to agree to the above Code of Ethics and to be bound by its standard of behavior.

    To review the Code of Ethics for specific breed clubs, you'll find their web sites by visiting for American Kennel Club recognized breeds, for United Kennel Club recognized breeds and for Canadian breed clubs.


APET4U assumes no responsibility for the quality, health, or temperament of any dog, nor the warranty, guarantee, integrity, honesty or reliability, expressed or implied, by any person or of or by any person or organization whose name appears on any website operated by APET4U. All such warranties, guarantees and promises are between buyer(s) and seller(s) as individuals.

All buyers are strongly encouraged to carefully document, in writing, all representations, promises, statements, warranties and guarantees made by sellers of puppies for sale and older dogs for sale. Such documentation should be signed by the seller. APET4U cannot and does not become involved in resolving conflicts and disagreements between buyers and sellers. APET4U responsibility is limited to requesting assurance from listed breeders that they abide by terms of the APET4U Code of Ethics.


APET4U will disqualify a breeder from future participation in any website owned by APET4U LLC where governmental or other authority has held the breeder not to be in compliance with laws, rules and regulations.