Membership/Code of Ethics
TRINITY VALLEY RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB OF TEXAS Club Code of Ethics (Membership application at the bottom of this page)Our Code of Ethics is presented as a guide for members whose foremost aims should be the welfare and improvement of the breed. The purpose of these guidelines is to set forth minimum principles of practice to which TVRRCOT would have its members adhere as they strive to accomplish the goals and purposes set forth in the bylaws.  TVRRCOT is the host of several AKC Events; Conformation, Obedience and Lure Coursing being our main focus.  We do however hold several fun events/play days through out the year with our dogs.  We encourage not only the show enthusiast but the pet companion owner as well.  Education and communication are the preferred methods of obtaining compliance to our code; however,  when in doubt of any of the following points, an ethical owner is encouraged to consult with authorities such as experienced, reputable breeders &/or members of TVRRCOT Board.

I. HEALTH 1.  All dogs shall be kept in a clean, healthy, and safe environment. 2.  Dogs will be provided with all socialization, vaccinations, worming, and anti‑parasite treatments necessary to provide maximum mental and physical well being. 3.  When a Ridgeback must be euthanized the procedure should be humanely performed.
II. BREEDING 1.  A breeder’s aim and foremost responsibility shall be to produce the healthiest and best representatives of the breed possible. 2. Each litter shall be the result of conscientious planning, including consideration of health, soundness, temperament and conformity to the official standard of the breed. 3. Only healthy, mature adult dogs shall be used in a breeding program. Additional precautions, including a veterinarian consultation, should be taken when breeding a bitch over seven (7) years and under 18 months of age. 4. Only dogs screened and certified clear of hip and elbow dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or similar registry shall be bred. Breeders are encouraged to screen for all appropriate hereditary disorders. 5.  Only purebred, American Kennel Club (AKC) [or equivalent] registered Rhodesian Ridgebacks shall be used for breeding. 6.  Breeders and stud dog owners are held responsible for the progeny of their dogs. Both are required to assist in the placement and care of any dog in rescue that is either bred by them or sired by a dog that is owned, co-owned or leased by them. “Breeder is defined as the owner, co-owner or lessee at the time of whelp. Stud dog owner is defined as the owner, co-owner or lessee at the time of the breeding.”
III. SALES 1. Breeders must be particularly concerned with the proper placement of puppies; both pet and show potential. Puppies should not be displayed in public places for the sole purpose of immediate sale. 2. Breeders shall urge purchasers to spay or neuter any dog which is not considered breedable quality and make use of limited registrations where appropriate. If puppies with serious defects or faults (dermoid sinus, ridgelessness) are sold rather than culled, the breeder must take the extra responsibility to see that the dog is spayed or neutered. Dermoid surgery should be performed prior to placing the pup in a new home. 3. Members will not knowingly furnish puppies or adult dogs for wholesale, pet shops, or dispose of them as Give away”prizes; neither will they sell puppies to nor breed to dogs owned by those whom they have reason to believe may do so. 4. Members will not dispose of dogs or puppies by giving them to the local animal shelter, pound, humane society or any organization of that type. 5. Registration papers or a bill of sale stating sire, dam, and date of birth shall accompany puppies as they go new homes.
6. Breeders shall furnish the buyer with written details on feeding, dates of inoculations, worming, and general care of the dog and the name and address of a licensed veterinarian who has examined the puppy after the age of six weeks. 7. Responsibility of the breeder does not stop with the sale. The breeder should be available for consultation and to assist in the placement of any dog sold by the breeder if such need arises.
IV. REGISTRATION AND RECORDS 1. All members shall keep complete and accurate records of individual dogs, breedings, litters, pedigrees, and puppy sales as required by the AKC, and abide by the AKC rules and regulations.
V. EXHIBITION
1. Members shall abide by the rules and regulations of the AKC (or the rules of the Club under which the event is held), and exhibit in the spirit of good sportsmanship. 2. Hotels and show grounds shall be treated with respect and left in a clean condition. 3. Consideration of other guests in the hotel is imperative and dogs creating a disturbance are to be attended to immediately and precautions taken to see that it does not happen again. 4. A member does not engage in false or misleading statements regarding a judge, exhibitor, fellow member, another dog, or misrepresentation of their own dogs. 5. Alleged misconduct should be objectively and calmly presented to the proper representative of this Club or the AKC when appropriate. Members shall do all within their power to uphold, promote, and protect the interests of the breed by conducting themselves in a manner reflecting credit on the Club, its members, their dogs, and the dog world in general.

With your signature on the first page of this application, you agree to abide by this code of ethics.  Sponsor signatures must be obtained from two TVRRCOT members and mailed with appropriate fee’s.