Cairn Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics
I. GENERAL GOALS AND CONDUCT
As members of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, we
- To protect the integrity of the Cairn Terrier breed,
and to promote the improvement of the breed in accordance
with the breed standard.
- To promote the understanding and appreciation of the
- To foster a cooperative, helpful and productive spirit
at dog shows, obedience and sporting trials, and other
- To value and promote sportsman-like conduct and
communication among Cairn owners and breeders.
- To encourage rescue programs for the Cairn Terrier
breed to help ensure that all Cairn Terriers have a good
- To provide a clean, healthy, safe and otherwise
positive environment for Cairn Terriers and to ensure
proper and regular veterinary care as needed.
- To advertise and otherwise communicate fairly, honestly
and constructively concerning dogs that we own, co-own, or
otherwise have a personal interest in.
- To abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the CTCA and
the rules of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
II. PUBLIC TRUST
As members of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, we value
the confidence and trust others have placed in us as club
members and breeders of Cairn Terriers. Accordingly, we are
committed to excellence in our breeding programs, full
disclosure to others, and forthrightness in our dealings and
transactions. We specifically pledge:
- To the best of our ability, to disclose known
conditions and special circumstances of Cairn Terriers
placed by us, including genetic conditions, temperament and
general behavior, soundness, record of inoculations, and
medical records. Within reason, we will strive to disclose
all information that would materially affect the health or
value of the Cairn, and will disclose all other information
that a typical person under the circumstances would
consider important in the decision to purchase the dog. The
disclosure requirement includes only information that is
reasonably available to a typical Cairn breeder. It does
not create a duty to provide medical tests or evaluations
beyond what is usual and customary for a Cairn Terrier
breeder, unless specifically requested by the
- To place in new homes Cairns that are in healthy
condition with reasonable prospects for continued good
health. We pledge not to place Cairn Terriers with known
conditions that are life threatening and/or seriously
detrimental to the animal’s well being such as
blindness, deafness, lameness or impairment of the vital
functions without complete disclosure to--and understanding
of--the new owner.
- To refrain from breeding carriers of genetic problems
unless the breeding is conducted reasonably, carefully,
knowledgeably, and under controlled circumstances, and as
part of an overall good-faith program of line
rehabilitation or enhancement.
- To control the breeding of Cairns with (i) known
genetic problems or (ii) that are clearly inferior
specimens, considering type, temperament, soundness and
other factors. When it is appropriate to place such
pet-quality Cairn Terriers with the general public, we will
register the Cairns as non-breeding stock. In the
alternative, we will obtain the written consent of the
transferee to withhold A.K.C. registration papers of such
Cairns until the Cairns are spayed or neutered, at which
time papers may be furnished unless applicable law requires
otherwise. We will provide purchasers of puppies with
accurate and valid papers to include a minimum
three-generation pedigree and a written statement as to
whether a particular guarantee is provided (including any
terms, conditions or limitations to the guarantee),
together with complete medical records and instructions for
care and feeding.
- To make available to the novice the benefit of our
advice and experience, and to help educate the public with
regard to the standard and care of the Cairn Terrier.
- To take back or attempt to make suitable rescue
arrangements for Cairns placed by us with individuals who
can no longer care for them.
III. BREEDING PRACTICES
We are committed to promoting quality in our breeding of
purebred Cairn Terriers and to doing all that is possible to
bring their natural qualities to perfection. We specifically
- To familiarize ourselves thoroughly with the breed
standard of the Cairn Terrier as defined by the Club of
America and strive to breed dogs and bitches of
characteristic breed type, sound structure and temperament,
which are free of genetically transmitted debilitating
- To base our breeding decisions upon moral, medical,
ethical as well as practical concerns, accepting
responsibility for our actions in recognition that as
breeders we occupy a position of trust and responsibility
to our breed and its fanciers.
- To breed bitches only when they are of suitable age to
be bred and of suitable health. Members offering dogs at
stud will request similar assurances of the bitches to be
bred. In keeping with AKC guidelines, males should not be
bred before seven months of age.
- To refrain from breeding a bitch unless proper
facilities and adequate time are available to care for
puppies. Members offering dogs at stud will request similar
assurances from the owners of bitches to be bred.
- To keep and properly care for puppies until they are
suitably placed. The CTCA supports inoculating all puppies
and adults with customary vaccines. A record of all such
inoculations will be provided to the purchaser prior to the
transfer of ownership. However, understanding that some
breeders do practice holistic medicine and have a bonafide
objections to inoculations, a full and prominent written
disclosure of non-inoculations prior to transfer of
ownership will be acceptable.
- To avoid from engaging in wholesaling, mass production,
or distribution of Cairn Terriers and from selling breeding
stock to pet dealers, catalog houses or other commercial
sources of distribution. To avoid supplying Cairn Terriers
for raffles, lotteries or prize-giving contests. To avoid
and admonish these and any similar activities that would
belittle or trivialize the breed or place profit before
home-based quality care and breeding.
- To screen prospective buyers of Cairn Terriers to
ensure suitability to own and care for a Cairn Terrier.
Also, to advise prospective buyers of the characteristics
of the breed and the need for grooming, exercise and other
- To impress upon buyers that they should contact the
breeder in the event of a problem with their Cairn Terrier.
To make a genuine effort to be of assistance to buyers if a
The intent of the Cain Terrier Club of
America ‘s Code of Ethics is to protect the welfare of
the Cairn Terrier and to provide education to its membership
and the general public. Members should bear in mind that
adherence to this Code of Ethics represents a commitment to a
high standard of practice in owning and breeding Cairn
Terriers. This Code of Ethics details certain minimum practices
necessary to uphold the objectives of the Cairn Terrier Club of
America, as outlined in Article I, Section 2 of our