The Assured Breeder Scheme is really no more than formalising the principles that good breeders have adhered to for years – bascially giving puppies the best start in life, taking good care of the dam and offering support to the new owner.
- Ensuring that all animals including puppies are kept and reared in good conditions. This includes allowing prospective puppy buyers to see a puppy with its mother, and any litter mates
- Taking all reasonable steps to breed happy, healthy dogs that are “fit for function”. This includes making use of all relevant Kennel Club Health screening schemes including DNA testing for a number of inherited diseases, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, and those for inherited eye diseases
- Ensuring that written advice is provided on the following
- Tendencies or potential traits in the breed and/or puppy
- Socialisation, exercise and traing
- Worming and immunisation programmes
- Providing all relevant information at the time of sale including the registration certificate (or if not available at the time of sale, as soon as possible). This should include details of any breeding restrictions or endorsements that might pertain, and the receipt of written and signed conformation from the new owner at or before the date on which the dog is physically transferred, that the new owner is aware of the restriction or endorsement. This is regardless of whether or not the registration certificate is available.
- Assisting with the rehoming of a puppy, should it be necessary, throughout its lifetime
- Ensuring that the parents of each litter are readily identifiable by either Microchip, Tattoo or DNA profile. (NB at some stage all breeding stock owned or offered at stud, will be required to be both Micochipped and DNA profiled)
- Adhering to all Kennel Club rules and regulations particularly those which relate to the minimum and maximum ages for breeding and the frequency of litters
- Providing a contract of sale and of stud service arrangement, setting out the terms and ensure that both parties have a copy
Assured Breeder Scheme Certificate
A certificate is issued to a breeder who has qualified for the Scheme and is renewable annually. This clearly states the name and address of the breeder, date of renewal and the breeds covered.
Joining the Scheme is straightforward, simply completing a form and paying a fee. At some point after being granted the Assured Breeder status the breeder will be visited by a Regional Breeder Assessor to check that standards are being met. Priority is given to inspecting breeders who breed regularly or where the Kennel Club has received complaints about the breeder or the puppies they are selling.
Apart from checking the conditions the dogs are being kept in the Assessor will want to see copies of the paperwork – paperwork that a puppy buyer should expect to receive, in addition to the Kennel Club Registration Certificate:
- A contract of sale
- Information on feeding
- Information on exercise
- Information on worming and vaccinations
- Information on grooming
- Information on breed traits and tendencies
- Information on socialisation
- Information on future training
If breeders do not meet the standards set out in the Guidelines they are given a timescale, generally 60 days, in which to make the necessary improvements.