Code of Ethics
The constitution of the Samoyed Club of America, Inc. states that the club, “Shall do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed.” In applying for and maintaining membership, applicants agree to further the club’s objectives and conduct all their activities in connection with the breed in accordance with this Code of Ethics. A member of the SCA should conduct activities as follows:
BREEDING. Each litter is the result of conscientious planning, including consideration of the parents’ freedom from hereditary, defects, soundness, temperament and general conformance to the official standard of the breed. The SCA member must be particularly concerned with the proper placement of puppies, both pet and show potential. The SCA member only breeds healthy, mature Samoyed adults, preferable 24 months of age, but at least 18 months of age. Prior to breeding any Samoyed, the SCA member obtains certification that its hips are normal from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, an equivalent foreign registry, or from a board approved radiologist and has its eyes certified free from genetically transmitted defects by a certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. The SCA member knowingly breeds Samoyeds only to other registered Samoyeds.
SALES. The SCA member does not sell, consign, or transfer puppies, or adults to pet shops, wholesale dealers, contest sponsors, or anyone who is known to degrade the Samoyed breed or purebred dogs, or to individuals contemplating breeding and/or sale to the aforementioned. The SCA member provides and requires written agreements signed by, all parties prior to all transactions, sales, leases and services and accordingly. delivers all forms required for registration. The SCA member urges purchasers to spay or neuter any Samoyed who will not be shown in conformation. utilizing Limited Registration as appropriate. The SCA member does not actually transfer puppies to new homes until they are at least 7 weeks of age.
HEALTH. The SCA member follows the guidelines of good kennel practice and provides all Samoyeds with maximum protection against communicable disease, consulting as necessary with a licensed veterinarian. The SCA member will not exhibit, release, or otherwise expose any Samoyed which is know to have been exposed to a communicable disease until the end of the incubation period for that disease.
REGISTRATION. The SCA member accurately registers his Samoyeds with the American Kennel Club and abides by the AKC rules and regulations.
EXHIBITION. The SCA member exhibits Samoyeds in conformation and obedience competition in conformity with the rules of the American Kennel Club and in the spirit of good sportsmanship. When traveling with Samoyeds, the SCA member takes reasonable precautions to maintain hotels and show grounds in a clean condition.
When confronted by a situation not covered by this Code of Ethics, the SCA member conducts himself or herself in the best interest of the breed and as he or she would like to be treated in similar circumstances.
Failure to conduct oneself in compliance with the Code of Ethics shall be considered prejudicial to the best interests of the Samoyed breed.
Passed by the Samoyed Club of America, Inc. Board of Governors, 9/19/1991