Code of Ethics

The objectives of the Club shall be:

a) to promote and advance the breeding of pure-bred Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

b) to urge members and breeders to accept the Breed Standard adopted by the Club and approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Dandie Dinmont Terriers shall be judged.

c) to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows.

d) to urge all to follow the Code of Ethics adopted by the Club as a guide for breeding and ownership practices regarding the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

e) to conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

f) to encourage Dandie Dinmont Terrier enthusiasts to be active in Club events and activities and actively protect, promote, propagate, preserve and advocate for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
The following principles are necessary to attain these objectives:

a) Each member who contemplates breeding a litter or who provides the use of his stud dog shall direct his efforts toward producing Dandies of highest quality. No member shall engage in breeding without regard for quality.

b) No dog or bitch showing a serious defect in type, structure or temperament shall be used for breeding. Owners of stud dogs shall not accept any bitch for breeding whose reproduction is likely to be detrimental to the breed.

c) Each stud service shall be initiated with a written stud contract.

d) If a dog or bitch has produced any offspring with serious defects detrimental to the animal’s well-being, such as blindness, deafness, lameness or impairment of the vital functions and produces like results with a different mating partner, the owner shall refrain from further use of this animal for breeding.

e) Animals shall be used for breeding only when they have properly matured. They shall be used only as often as is consistent with their good health and with the use of sound medical practices. No bitch shall be bred more often than two out of three heat seasons and then only if she is in robust health, and shall never be bred at her first season.

f) Breeders shall register all Dandies and keep accurate records of matings and pedigrees in accordance with all American Kennel Club requirements. Breeders are encouraged to utilize permanent identification such as tattoos or microchip identification of their animals and provide DNA samples of sires and dams to the AKC.

g) Breeders are urged to register new litters and dogs individually with the AKC.


a) No member of this Club shall engage in the wholesaling of litters of Dandie Dinmont Terriers or the selling of Dandies to such places as pet dealers, catalogue houses, research laboratories, commercial breeders or similar sources of distribution. No member of this Club shall sell, consign or lease puppies or adults to pet shops or any commercial establishment, broker, distributor or wholesaler. Members are strongly encouraged to word any contract so that the purchaser or lessee will be similarly restricted.

b) The price of puppies and adults shall be based on individual quality. All should be sold in a clean and healthy condition and shall be old enough to make the necessary adjustments to a new home safely. No adult or puppy should be sold without adequate protection against disease.

c) The sale of any Dandie Dinmont Terrier shall be completed with a sales contract of the seller’s choice protecting both the buyer and the seller as to the quality, care and expectations of both parties.

d) When a Dandie Dinmont has a serious deviation from the Official Breed Standard which makes it unsuitable for breeding, it is the obligation of the seller to so inform the buyer. It should be sold with the written understanding it will not be shown or bred and a written neuter/spay agreement.

e) When a Dandie Dinmont has uncertain breeding potential, in addition to a sales contract or signed statement to this effect, the breeder is encouraged to use the Limited Registration procedure as provided by the American Kennel Club for registration of such animals.

f) The breeder’s responsibility to any dog produced does not end with the sale or placement of such animal. New owners shall be educated to the responsibility of lifetime care and selected for their commitment to the animal. If unforeseen circumstances prevent the owner’s fulfilling this commitment, the breeder shall reassume responsibility for the dog.

a) No member shall engage in false or misleading advertising or other misrepresentations of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. He shall not malign his competitors or fellow breeders by making false or misleading statements about them, their Dandies or their breeding practices.

b) Owners are encouraged to utilize permanent identification such as microchips or tattoos of their animals.

c) Members are individually granted membership into the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, Inc. because of their commitment to the protection, preservation and promotion of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Each member of the Club has an obligation to protect the interests of the breed by conducting himself in a manner designed to reflect credit on himself, the Dandie Dinmont and on the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, Inc. Violations of the Code of Ethics will be examined by the Ethics Committee and Board of Governors. Failure to comply may result in suspension or termination of membership.