Code of Ethics

All members of the The Japanese Akita Inu Club undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

Club members:

1)    Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for
appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2)    Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their
dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal or who carries out a caesarean section on a
bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

3)    Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard
should be placed in suitable homes.

4)    Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5)    Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6)    Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or  to the

7)    Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying
out official duties.

8)    Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective
control when away from home.

9)    Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

10)   Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help
with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11)   Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning
responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12)    Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or
transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest
opportunity, if not immediately available.

13)    Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow
dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind.  Will not sell by sale or auction
Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14)    Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead
any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

15)    Members should be encouraged to follow the principle requirements and recommendations of The
Kennel Club's Assured Breeders Scheme.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.