SAJRR Breeders guide /- Code of Ethics

   The breeders of our Jack Russell Terriers form the backbone of the Jack Russell community. Their actions through selective breeding are the basis of how our Jack Russells will appear and perform in the future. The South African Jack Russell Registry is actively involved in improving the standard of breeding activities and the quality of the Jack Russell Terriers being bred toady.
   The following information has been compiled in an effort to be both informative and to guide the breeders and prospective buyers of Jack Russell Terriers.
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Code of Ethics
   The following code of ethics (COE) outline the ethical breeding practices expected of all South African Jack Russell Registry (SAJRR) breeders. All SAJRR breeders are required to sign the COE with each litter registration application. All breeders who are signatory to the COE may be subject to a kennel inspection (with notice) at any time deemed necessary by the SAJRR, and may be subject to penalties being levied should substantiated violations or transgressions to the COE be proven.
Breeding Practices
   • All terriers used for breeding must be registered prior to use for breeding. Both parents used in breeding must be registered prior to mating.
   • Conscientiously plan each litter. The stud dog and bitch to be mated should be selected by the breeder based on pedigrees, the parents' conformation (according to SAJRR breeding standard) and temperament. In-breeding should not be allowed between brother and sister and between mother or father with their own offspring.
   • Breed only to/from adults that are free from any inheritable defects, and avoid the introduction of any detrimental factors. Do not breed any adults with genetic defects. Always breed to improve the general Jack Russell characteristics according to the breed standard.
   • Breed only healthy, mature bitches preferably not before the second heat, allowing proper spacing between litters. At all time evaluate the condition of the bitch before mating is allowed. It is recommended that bitches over the age of eight (8) years not be bred without prior examination, consultation and approval by an attending veterinarian.
   • Do not breed any bitch too more than one stud dog during a single heat period. Should a second breeding occur unintentional, the resulting litter must be registered as not suitable for breeding purposes.
Stud Services
   • Register your Jack Russell at CanineSA.
 • All stud dogs must be registered with the SAJRR. Care must be taken to prevent a stud dog from breeding with its own offspring.
   • Stud dogs should only be bred with outside adult bitches who meet the SAJRR's breed standard and who are free of genetic defects and any other visible defect. If bred with any other bitch that is not registered the offspring would not be registered unless the bitch is inspected and found to comply with the SAJRR breed standards.
   • A stud dog owner must certify the use of the specific stud dog during breeding by signing the particular Litter Registration Application and noting the date of breeding and whether the mating was supervised or not.
Health and General Responsibilities
   • All terriers must be kept under clean and sanitary conditions. A sufficient diet should be fed and clean water should always be available.
   • Provide adequate kennels and exercise areas as per the requirements of Jack Russell Terriers. Do not kennel Jack Russell Terriers on wire flooring. Provide adequate dry conditions and shelter against extreme heat and cold. Health protection should be provided through regular inoculations, de-worming and pro-active veterinarian examinations. General sanitary conditions would also improve the health condition of the terriers. Terriers in kennels should not be in direct contact with each other as it provokes fighting that could cause injury or death.
   • All breeders are subject to external scrutiny and should be prepared to address concerns and improve breeding practices where necessary.
   • Ensure constant human contact and exercise on a regular basis. Supervised interaction between dogs should also be encouraged.
Sale Responsibilities
   • Breeders should apply for Litter Registration Certificates directly after birth of the litter. All buyers should be issued with a Litter Registration Certificate for their puppy at date of sale. Buyers should be informed on the procedure to obtain transfer of registration.
   • Puppies must not be younger than six (6) weeks but preferable eight (8) weeks old prior to leaving the breeder's possession. If couriered, shipped or any other type of delivery is requested, the puppy must be older that seven (7) weeks.
   • The breeder should only sell a puppy or adult to a buyer when he is confident that the buyer would care and look after his Jack Russell.
   • Sell only to proper homes where the buyers indicate that they have a fair knowledge of Jack Russells and will give the terrier the proper care, attention and exercise required. Inform the buyer on the qualities and weak points of your terriers and do not knowingly use misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising. A buyer should be fully aware of any genetic defect or illness that the dog might have before he/she buys the dog.
   • All buyers must be provided with the following information: Dietary requirements, general health information and inoculation and de-worming records. It is further recommended that veterinarian provides a general health certificate.
   • All breeders should be responsible for terriers sold for their lifetime. If a purchaser cannot keep a terrier the breeder has sold, the breeder should make every effort to assist the buyer in finding an appropriate home. If a new home can not be found the breeder should prepared to take the terrier back and be responsible for placing it in an appropriate home or give it up for rescue.
   • Breeders should not knowingly sell or consign puppies or adults to pet shops, brokers or puppy mills, nor supply terriers for raffles, prizes or similar projects.
   • The use of a sales contract is recommended when selling a puppy or an adult dog.
This Code of Ethics can be downloaded HERE to be printed, signed and returned to the SAJRR at the contact details provided.
Application to register as a breeder can be downloaded HERE. Please note that this download might take a few seconds.