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Our purpose is to encourage, protect and advance the interests of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The fate and integrity of our breed is dependent upon the decisions of owners, breeders and exhibitors. To this end we offer the following Code of Ethics for members of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society of NSW Inc.

Please note: There is a Code of Ethics by which members of the Royal New South Wales Canine Council are bound. These have been incorporated into this Code of Ethics, with additions to cover the Staffordshire Bull Terrier


  1. A member shall, at all times, ensure that all dogs under that members control are properly housed, fed, watered exercised and receive proper veterinary attention if and when required
     

  2. A member shall not allow any dogs under that members care to roam at large and, when away from home, ensure that they are kept full leashed or under effective control at all times.
     

  3. A member shall breed only with the intent of maintaining and/or improving the standard of the breed.
     

  4. A member shall not breed from a bitch unless it has reached adequate maturity and is in good health, and thereafter not more than once in each succeeding period of twelve (12) months. Provided, however, that it should be necessary, through extenuating circumstances, to breed with a bitch more than once within twelve (12) months), the member shall rest the bitch on the third season.
     

  5. The member shall not knowingly permit any of the members pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross-bred dog or to any un-registered dog of the same breed.
     

  6. The member shall not sell or otherwise transfer from that members care any puppy under eight (8) weeks of age, thus allowing for vaccination which must be given at six (6) weeks of age, and for the necessary ten (10) to fourteen (14) days for the vaccine to take effect.
     

  7. A member shall ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from that members clearly understands their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal and that they have the time and facilities (i.e adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter etc) to perform their obligations.
     

  8. The member shall provide to all purchasers of dogs sold or placed by that member written details of dogs sold or placed by that member, written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements and/or appropriate publications relating to such requirements and responsible dog ownership.
     

  9.  The member shall not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers who are not registered with the joint RNSWCC/PIJAC Pet Shop Accreditation Scheme or directly or indirectly allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a content of any kind.
     

  10. A member shall not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed.
     

  11. A member shall ensure that when selling or transferring a dog to another person that documents as required by the RNSWCC Rules and Regulations will be provided to the purchaser.
     

  12. Fairness to the dog and the breeder - if for whatever reasons you cannot or do not wish to keep the dog you have purchased, a member must contact the breeder. Responsible breeders make every effort to see that the dog is re-homed. Alternatively, contact the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society of NSW Inc., NEVER turn the dog loose to fend for itself. Animal shelters are not to be considered an option for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier you have purchased.
     

  13. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner/breeder/exhibitor shall NEVER, under any circumstances, condone, support or ignore the practice of pitting a dog against any other animal in a fight for pleasure or profit. Information regarding this type of abuse shall be reported to the proper humane authorities.
     

  14. Breeder should consult with known authorities regarding the specific countries outside of Australia where dog fighting has not been made an illegal practice, and refuse any export to these countries.
     

  15. Good sportsmanship should be advanced by all. When participating in competitions, refrain from the use of disparaging, false and misleading statements about judges, fellow competitors and other dog owners. Conduct yourself in such a manner as to reflect credit on the sport of purebred dogs in general and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in particular.