These guidelines are intended to encourage and preserve the highest ethical standards in the advertising and selling of adult dogs and puppies.

Advertising

  1. The terms "pedigreed" and "champion blood lines" are subject to misinterpretation, and should not be used in advertising.
  2. The term "AKC registrable" does not imply quality, but merely indicates that the animal may be registered with the American Kennel Club.
  3. All animals should be truthfully described with no exaggerated claims as to quality or working ability.
  4. Where possible, the OFA and SHOR or CERF numbers of the adult or parents of puppies should be listed.

Seller

  1. Each puppy or adult sold should be accompanied by an AKC registration form (unless buyer and seller have both signed an agreement that AKC registration should be withheld), a correct, signed pedigree, and a complete health record. If the seller has not received the registration application for the puppy, he shall provide written identification to include the breed, the names and registration numbers of the sire and dam, breeder, and date of birth of the puppy. Also, a statement that the registration will be forwarded as soon as possible, but in no event should it be later than 90 days from the sale unless this is agreed upon, in writing, by both buyer and seller.
  2. Each puppy or adult sold should also be accompanied by the following:

    a. A written contract of sale, listing the conditions of sale, health guarantees, and clauses for possible or replacement or remuneration in exchange for the animal.

    b. Written proof that both parents were x-rayed and certified clear of hip dysplasia and that both parents were checked and found to be clear of hereditary eye diseases by a veterinary ophthalmologist within one year prior to the breeding producing the offspring in question.

    c. Publications from the Siberian Husky Club of America:

    Eye and Hip Brochure
    So . . . You Want a Siberian Husky?
    Guidelines for Ethical Breeding Practices
    The Siberian Husky
    AKC Approved Standard for Siberian Huskies

  3. The health record should list the dates of vaccinations for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Parvo Virus. No puppy should be sold without having received at least one vaccination for DHL & Parvo Virus -- a veterinarian's certificate will provide proof of this. Also listed on the health record should be dates of worming and any other pertinent information regarding dates of seasons, rabies vaccinations, heartworm check, medications, and complete medical history.
  4. The guarantee included in the contract of sale normally requires that the animal be examined by a veterinarian within 48 hours of the sale for condition of general health. On written request from the vet, the guarantee should be extended an additional five days. If during this period, the vet deems the animal unsuitable for reasons of health, it should be exchangeable for a second animal or a total refund.

Buyer

  1. The buyer should make his needs clear and precise to the seller. Do not request a pet quality puppy if one has any intentions of breeding the animal.
  2. The buyer should not purchase any animal without a written sales agreement specifying conditions of sale and guarantees. If paying the price of a show potential/breeding quality animal, one should obtain a written statement that a refund or replacement animal will be given in the event of hereditary diseases or disqualifying faults in exchange for the afflicted animal.
  3. Each puppy or adult sold should be accompanied by an AKC registration form (unless buyer and seller have both signed an agreement that AKC registration should be withheld), a correct, signed pedigree, and a complete health record. If the seller has not received the registration for the puppy, he shall provide written identification to include breed, the names and registration numbers of the sire and dam, breeder, and date of birth of the puppy. Also, a statement that the registration will be forwarded as soon as possible, but in no event should it be later than 90 days from the sale unless this is agreed upon, in writing, by both buyer and seller.
  4. No puppy should be sold without having received at lease one vaccination for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Parvo Virus -- a veterinarian's certificate will provide proof of this.
  5. Due to incidence of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia in Siberian Huskies, the buyer should require written proof that both parents were x-rayed and certified clear of hip dysplasia, and that both parents were checked and found clear of hereditary eye diseases by a veterinary ophthalmologist within one year prior to the breeding producing the offspring in question.

Last update of this page: 06/2009.

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