Code of Ethics & Constitution/Bylaws
1995, Revised September 2000
|The SOUTHERN STATES MASTIFF FANCIERS requires its
members to adhere to the following guidelines which constitute its Code
of Ethics. The Club also requires that members, breeders, and stud
owners not aid or abet the violation of these guidelines by anyone
else. This Code details certain practices necessary to implement the
objectives of the Club as outlined in its Constitution.
l. I will consider only the betterment of
the breed when breeding a bitch or allowing a breeding with any stud
dog, being conscious of controlling and eliminating inherited problems.
As breeder or stud dog owner, I shall plan each breeding with the
paramount intention of protecting the breed, and only when the parties
involved agree the breeder is in a position and has the knowledge to
give proper care to both the bitch and offspring.
As a breeder, I will
not produce more than six (6) litters, owned or co-owned , in a
twenty-four (24) month period. As a stud dog owner, I will not
knowingly allow my stud dog to be used in a program which has already
produced more than six (6) litters in a twenty-four (24) month period
I will not allow a bitch to be bred
prior to reaching twenty-four (24) months of age; nor shall any bitch be
bred after her seventh (7th) birthday. A bitch shall not be
bred more than once a year unless she fails to whelp a litter, the
litter is still born, or as part of a veterinarian’s recommendation for
treatment of pyometria. One live puppy shall constitute a litter.
understand that a licensed veterinarian’s written recommendation for the
treatment of pyometria must be received by the Recording Secretary prior
to the mating for the Board’s approval.
|3. I will sell a Mastiff only to a buyers I
believe to be interested in the protection of the breed and who agree in
writing to provide the highest quality care for said Mastiff, including
quality food, water, proper shelter from heat or cold, active
companionship, appropriate exercise, socialization and professional
veterinary care whenever necessary. I will not knowingly sell or
provide a Mastiff for resale, gift or prize or to a broker/agent for
resale. I will not engage in the brokering of puppies (selling or
buying) except in a case that would prevent a potential rescue
situation. I understand that all such cases must be documented by a
letter to the Recording Secretary. I will not sell a Mastiff for the
purpose of attack training, fighting, or any other sport detrimental to
the breed and its reputation.
|4. I will not sell a puppy/adult that is
sick; nor will I deliver to the buyer a puppy less than eight (8) weeks
of age. I will not ship a puppy less than ten (10) weeks of age.
5. I will
sell/place each Mastiff puppy/adult on a written contract signed by all
parties. Said contract shall contain (but is not limited to):
of inoculations and worming with a recommended continuation schedule
a five (5)
generation pedigree on the litter
a signed AKC
registration or transfer unless written agreement is made with the
buyer that such papers are withheld or are to follow
a provision that
ensures that the breeder is contacted whenever an owner can no
longer keep a dog at any time in the dog’s life
that the buyer have the Mastiff examined by a veterinarian within
five (5) working days of the sale (or whatever is applicable in your
state of residence) to determine that the Mastiff is healthy. If
the veterinarian determines that the Mastiff is not in good health,
the breeder will, upon the Mastiff’s return, refund the purchase
price or replace the Mastiff.
6. All Mastiff puppies/adults that I place
or sell as pet quality will be sold or placed with a spay/neuter
contract or a limited registration.
|7. I, as the breeder or seller of a Mastiff
puppy/adult, agree to be responsible for the welfare of each puppy/adult
I sell or place from the day it is whelped until the day it dies. If I
should find myself unable to physically take back a Mastiff that has
been displaced, I will assist in the rescue and the placement of said
Mastiff. I understand that, should the breeder of record refuse to meet
their obligation, the responsibility shall fall to the stud dog owner.
|8. I will show good sportsmanship at all
times and in all matters relating to Mastiffs. I will maintain the
highest degree of honesty and integrity. I will not knowingly make any
misstatements in any serious discussion or promotion of my Mastiffs or
the Mastiffs of any other Mastiff owner to persons not qualified to
judge the facts for themselves.
We believe this Code of Ethics to be in the best
interest of our breed and new Mastiff owners. This Code of Ethics is a
binding commitment required of every member of the Southern States
Mastiff Fanciers and there will be no appeal process. Failure to adhere
to this Code of Ethics will be immediate grounds for fine and
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our Code of Ethics (Top Of Page) and the Constitution & By-Laws (PDF
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in), be sure not to forget to submit your
annual membership dues with donations and to make your donations for
the SSMF supported entry trophy fund and Mastiff Rescue, or print out
payment form and mail via USPS to the address provided on the form.