Code of Ethics




Section One


Each member, upon signing an Application for Membership of the Griffon Club of Queensland, and being duly elected to general membership of the Griffon Club of Queensland shall, in addition to agreeing to be bound by the Constitution, Rules and Regulations of Dogs Queensland, be also bound by the Dogs Queensland Code of Ethics relating to responsible dog ownership including the keeping, welfare, breeding, selling and placement of dogs by members to the effect of the terms and conditions set under Section 2 hereof.

Section Two


In consideration of the Griffon Club of Queensland electing me to its general membership and approval of a renewal from time to time, I undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics that:

i.  I shall ensure that at all times, all dogs under my control are properly contained within a fenced area or suitable enclosure, properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper veterinary attention if and when required.

ii.  Should I be required to leave a dog in the care of another person for any period of time I will ensure that the other person is aware of the requirement that the dog is to be kept fully leashed or under effective control at all times.

iii.  I agree not to breed from a bitch or a dog in a way that is detrimental to the dog or the bitch or to the breed. I further acknowledge that I shall breed only with the intent of maintaining and/or improving the standard of the breed and welfare, health and soundness of my dogs and I shall strive to eliminate hereditary diseases within my dogs and from within the breeds

(a) I shall not breed from any bitch kept or owned by me causing it to whelp before it has reached the age 12 months as per the ANKC regulation 8.2

(b) I shall not breed from any bitch kept or owned by me causing it to whelp more than twice in eighteen months;

(c) I shall not breed any bitch kept or owned by me causing it to whelp more than four times without prior veterinary confirmation of fitness for further breeding.

(d) I shall not breed from any male dog under (9) nine months of age;

(e) I shall not mate my bitch or dog to a close relative i.e. mother/son/father/daughter or brother/sister.

(f) I shall not breed from any bitch over the age of (8) eight years.

iv. I agree that when selling any dog that my primary obligation must be for the welfare of the breed specifically and I further undertake that I shall never dispose of any dog either by sale, commission or on consignment to any reseller of dogs in Australia or overseas.

v. I shall not directly or indirectly give a dog as a prize or donation in any contest or raffle of any kind.

vi. I agree with the principle that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on a dog that changes the natural conformation of the animal may report such operation to the Dogs Queensland.

vii. I shall breed only for the purpose of improving the standard of the breed.

viii I shall not permit any of my purebred dogs to be bred; 

(a) to a dog of a different breed;

(b) to a crossbred dog; 

(c) to an unregistered dog of the same breed or;

(d) to a purebred registered dog of the same breed that is not the property of a current financial member of a recognised Australian or Overseas canine association

ix I will only sell a dog where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and I will assist in the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

x I shall not sell or otherwise transfer from my care any puppy under eight weeks of age, after undertaking a recognised vaccination regime.

xi I shall provide a current vaccination certificate with any dog leaving my care.

xii I shall not export any puppy under (11) eleven weeks of age and when exporting I accept it is my responsibility to:


(a) have the dog micro-chipped and obtain an export certificate before the dog leaves Australia.

(b) I shall ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from me are given clear written information as to their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal, as defined in i and ii above.

(c) I shall provide to all purchasers of dogs sold or placed by me, written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements and/or an appropriate publication relating to such requirements.  This should detail responsible dog ownership as well as the responsibility to abide by local laws.

xiii I shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed, nor falsely advertise a dog or mislead any person regarding the performance or quality of any dog on offer.

xiv I shall comply with any and all valid legal provisions of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld) and with the local laws and subordinate local laws relating to the keeping of dogs promulgated by my local authority. I accept that it is my responsibility to keep abreast of any changes to the local Laws.

xv I accept that should I become aware that my dogs have any contagious disease, I will be unable to show or dispose of any dogs that are within my kennel for a period of three (3) months unless cleared to do so by a registered veterinary surgeon.

xvi I accept the following: As a member it is incumbent on me to also abide by the following requirements:

(a) Conduct myself politely and with integrity at Dogs Queensland approved events.

(b) Conduct myself in a sportsmanlike manner at such events and in any related activities or communications.

(c) Respect the reputations of other members, including judges, at Dogs Queensland approved events and in dealings in wider forums, including chat lists on the internet and in other communications.

(d) Having won a class in breed/group judging I will exhibit my dog at the next level of competition unless excused by the show manager.


The Griffon Club of Queensland

January 2011

(Amended from Minutes Feb 2013)


Contact Details

Secretary:   Naomi Lawrence
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