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MICHELLE COLE AT
NEW ENGLAND SAINT BERNARD CLUB, INC.
APPLICATION FOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
The New England Saint Bernard Club is an active, growing club – one of the largest and oldest Saint Bernard specialty organizations now in existence. We Welcome Your Application.
GUIDELINES AND STATEMENT OF POLICY
The basic reason for breeding and exhibiting the Saint Bernard is for the improvement of each generation of the breed over previous generations. All breeding and exhibiting activities should be viewed in this light. In keeping with the aim, the following practices are encouraged:
1. Breeders shall strive for perfection of the Saint Bernard in accordance with the Official Standard set by the American Kennel club. In this regard they shall…
a. Maintain high standards of health, care, safety, and humane treatment of their dogs.
b. Remember that a very small percentage of Saint Bernard’s are of breeding quality. Over-production should be avoided.
c. Use only physically sound and temperamentally sound stock, free from hip dysplasia, eye malformation and poor temperament. Saint Bernard’s with outstanding defects should be spayed or neutered.
d. Refuse stud service to any bitch that is unregistered or shows the above or other obvious defects.
e. Study and learn the good and bad points of their own stock, never doubling up on a known or visible fault or faults. f. Ideally, x-ray for evidence of hip dysplasia at the age of one year or older, treating the mild cases as they would any other fault and excluding from breeding programs dogs with more severe evidence of hip dysplasia. X-ray should be read by recognized authorities on the disorder. Not every veterinarian is competent to take or pass upon such x-rays. g. Refrain from breeding the bitch until her second season, preferable waiting until at least 18 months of age. A bitch shall be bred no more than two out of three seasons, this depending upon the size of the litter whelped and her condition. It is suggested that in most cases a period of one year elapse between litters.
2. Breeders shall neither stock nor offer stud services without true representation to the public, or use misleading or untruthful statements verbally, in writing, or in advertising.
3. No member shall buy or sell Saint Bernard’s through commercial pet outlets, nor buy or sell in litter lots, nor sell to persons whose activities tend to degrade the breed.
4. The buyer shall be supplied with a truthful four‐generation pedigree; written instructions concerning the care, feeding and training of the dog purchased; written statement as to inoculations and other veterinary care provided; and a Bill of Sale in accordance with AKC requirements.
5. Purchasers shall be urged to spay or neuter Saint Bernard’s not suitable for breeding.
6. Registration papers shall be supplied without extra charge with every AKC registered dog. If the dog is not for breeding, this may be agreed to in a written contract between buyer and seller.
7. A breeder shall guarantee the health of his stock subject to a veterinarians ’examination within 48 hours of sale.
8. Breeders shall price their dog in accordance with local rates for quality Saint Bernard’s. Undercutting the price of Saints eventually will make it impossible to breed good dogs for the return which can be anticipated.
9. A breeder shall try to keep in touch with the progress of his breeding in order to better analyze his own programs.
10. Breeders shall exhibit at dog shows when feasible. In so doing, they shall show a spirit of good sportsmanship, and behave and dress so as to enhance public opinion of the breed.
11. Members shall not degrade any other kennel or member. It is the obligation of all to give advice and assistance to less experienced fanciers in a spirit of kindness and goodness.