Cairn Terrier Club Canda
Code of Ethics

The Cairn Terrier Club of Canada recognizes its responsibility to preserve and protect the Cairn Terrier. It further recognizes that the quality and reputation of the breed rests squarely with its breeders. Therefore, as guidance both to the public and its member breeders, the Cairn Terrier Club of Canada sets forth below certain standards of conduct to be followed by its members.


  1. Strive to conform to the CKC Breed Standard to improve progeny and to reduce conformation faults. Give equal consideration to type, temperament, soundness, and health.
  2. Should make a conscientious effort to learn about and keep up to date on genetic health problems and to register serious anomalies with the appropriate registries. Breeders should discuss and disclose known problems to a potential breeding partner (bitch/stud owner). Controlled test breeding may be appropriate, as more information about genetic defects become known (DNA markers, modes of inheritance, etc.). Members are encouraged to regularly test for health and genetic problems.
  3. Comply with Canadian Kennel Club rules governing record keeping, registration, sale, and transfer of dogs. Any warranties or other agreements pertaining to the sale of any Cairn Terrier are put in writing, with a copy provided to the buyer, seller and the CKC, where applicable.
  4. Should sell puppies to pet owners/homes on a CKC non-breeding contract Sell all puppies and dogs with written sales agreements to include clear terms and conditions signed by the seller and buyer. The conditions should request that the seller be contacted in the event that the owner, at any time, is unable to keep the dog. It will be the obligation of the seller to assist in the placement of the dog in question.
  5. Disclose all relevant and known pedigree and genetic history of dogs sold for potential show and breeding stock. Pet owners shall be provided with complete medical and health records, and instructions for proper care, feeding and grooming.
  6. Breed litters only when they have the time and facilities to devote proper care and attention to the rearing of the puppies and to the well being of the dam. Members provide stud services only when they are satisfied that the owner of the bitch has appropriate time and facilities to whelp and raise puppies. Generally, no bitch should be mated before the age of 18 months or after the age of 7 years.
  7. Do not sell any puppy or dog or provide stud service to any pet shop, catalogue house, or wholesale dealer, or in any way knowingly aid or abet the sale of any Cairn Terrier through a pet shop, catalogue house, or wholesale dealer.
  8. Refrain from knowingly making unfair or untrue statements about their own dogs and practices, and about the dogs and practices of others.

I have read, understand and subscribe to the above.

Signature of Applicant