Hillmeadow Code of Conduct
We are not perfect, but with integrity and honesty we commit to the following:
Our focus will always be what is best for the dogs we own and breed.
We will always comply with the legislation of our provincial government and municipality concerning the ownership and breeding of dogs.
All dogs will be housed indoors in clean and comfortable home environments.
All dogs will be provided with regular off-leash time and exercise.
All dogs will be provided with companionship, socialization, physical activity, and mental stimulation as per their breed needs.
All dogs will be kept clean and regularly groomed as appropriate to their breed needs.
All dogs will be under control at all times with the least possible disturbance to our neighbours.
The housing, enviroment, and exercise areas of all dogs will be kept clean with precautions taken to ensure bio-security.
All dogs will be provided with quality veterinary recommended nutition and will be kept in good body condition.
All dogs will be provided with ample, clean, and fresh drinking water. Water will be tested regularly to ensure its safety.
All dogs will receive regular vaccinations, de-worming, and parasitic control. All dogs will receive annual veterinary inspections. All dogs/puppies in our care will receive immediate professional attention should they become ill or injured. All medical care will be documented with accurate dates.
We will keep and maintain health records for all dogs in our care.
We will keep and maintain breeding and whelping records for all dogs in our care.
We will always be forward thinking about the future of the Australian Cobberdog.
We recognize that the Australian Cobberdog is still a young and developing breed. We will select breeding stock with the aim to produce puppies that are as close as possible to the breed standard in type, coat, and temperament.
We will ensure a high quality of life for our dogs and future generations by carefully planning and selecting over generations.
No female shall be mated without conscientious consideration of her welfare (both physical condition and emotional well-being) and that of her offspring.
We shall not breed a litter unless we have the time, energy, finances, and facilities to devote the the care and nuturing of the puppies and their mother.
We will screen prospective buyers for their suitability for providing a loving and responsible home for a Cobberdog puppy.
Prospective buyers will be fully aware of the characteristics of the Cobberdog breed, stressing the necessity for care, grooming, and exercise.
All puppies will be registered with the MDBA before 6 months of age, and the buyer will be provided with original of the dog's registered pedigree. A copy will always be maintained for our own records.
No puppy shall leave our home to join a new family before 8 weeks of age.
All puppies will receive age appropriate vaccinations, regularly de-worming, vet checks and certifications with all appropriate documentation before leaving our home.
All pet puppies will be de-sexed before going home when appropriate.
All families will be provided with all relevant breed and puppy care information before the puppy goes home. This includes information about puppy care, diet & nutrition, parasite control, potty training, crating, early socialization, grooming, veterinary medicine, and any other information relevant and helpful to the purchasing family.
All puppies' families will be provided with a written health guarantee.
Support and advice will always be provided for our puppies and their families.
Puppies will never knowingly be sold or given to labratories (ie. research establishments, medical or experimental facilities) , pet shops, dealers, dog fighting rings, shelters, or humane societies.
We will only sell puppies and adult dogs which are in good health at the time of sale to the best of our knowledge (as evidenced by their veterinary check).
We will never knowingly sell a puppy or adult dog with apparent physical defects without the buyer being made aware of such defect and its possible consequences.
We will always impress upon the buyer that they should always contact us in the even of any problem arising with the puppy or adult dog.
We will make every attempt when possible and practical to help our puppies and dogs' families when a problem arises.
We will only provide breeding stock to other MDBA registered breeders.
We will only provide the highest quality breeding stock to other breeders to the best of our ability.
Our advertising will always be factual.
We will update and maintain our website.
We will do our best to return correspondance in a timely manner.
We will treat all clients with respect and professionalism.
We will endeavor to help others understand that the Australian Cobberdog is not another breed or crossbreed with a different name. We will help to accomplish this by ensuring that our website and promotional material separate the Australian Cobberdog from any other breed or crossbreed we may own or breed.
We will not make any negative or mean comments about other breeders, their dogs, or their practices.
We will make every effort to co-operate and be pro-active in any measures to eradicate hereditary diseases or genetic defecs known or suspect in the Cobberdog breed.
We will be honest and forthright in notifying any genetic or hertiable diseases found to be in any dogs that we have bred or own. We will pass on any information to help breeders make informed choices in their breeding programmes.
We will lead by example.
We will advocate for responsible dog ownership.
We will continue to learn and educate ourselves about the science of canines and dog breeding.
We will exhibit and promote excellence in the discipline and practice of dog breeding.
Our MDBA logo, member status, breeder number, and/or prefix will only be used to promote dogs that are registered with the MDBA.
We will not do anything to bring the MDBA into disrepute.
We will not use the AIACC logo, membership, or position in any way concerning any other breed or crossbreed that I have an interest in.
We will not do anything which brings the AIACC, their members, or committee, into disrepute.