Pyrenean Mastiffs USA Club

As approved by membership on August 18, 2018

This CODE OF CONDUCT (COC) is established in accordance with the objectives of PYRENEAN MASTIFF USA CLUB (PMUSA) and is a condition of membership. PMUSA members recognize that as individuals, our practices of ownership, breeding, sportsmanship, and ethics directly affect the welfare of the breed. We realize that no code will ever cover every behavior necessary to protect the breed. Therefore we acknowledge our actions are the truest reflection of our personal integrity and ethics, our commitment to the enhancement of our breed community, and true concern for the welfare of the breed.

INTRODUCTION: The Pyrenean Mastiff is centuries-old, rare breed from thePyrenees Mountains in Spain. This livestock guardian protected flocks from wolves, bears and thieves. Today, while it is still an effective guardian, many families have found the joy of owning the gentle and loving, yet independent, Pyrenean Mastiff. The physical appearance should be as described in the Pyrenean Mastiff Standard approved by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which is the same standard as that approved by the American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service (AKC-FSS).

CORE VALUES:

  1. Members agree to adhere to all guidance and policies of PMUSA.
  2. Members are not a monolithic group and will have differences of opinion from time to time on actions or the direction of the club and its guidance. Discussions will reflect these differences. Members must ensure these discussions and actions remain civil and that no member or their kennel shall be villainized by any other member.
  3. All members are mentors that help to educate newer members and the public.
  4. Members shall maintain the highest possible standards of health, cleanliness, training, and care of all dogs. Dogs should be contained within safe boundaries when the owner cannot personally supervise their safety.
  5. No PMUSA member shall abandon or dispose of any Pyrenean Mastiff in an animal shelter or pound unless required to do so by law.
  6. Pyrenean Mastiffs shall not be given as prizes, offered in raffles, sold to pet shops or at auctions, or brokered in any manner.
  7. Members that breed Pyrenean Mastiffs agree to adhere to PMUSA’s Breeding Guidance.
  8. It is recommended but not required that breeding and miscellaneous contracts are in writing to help ensure that there is a clear understanding between parties. If it is not in writing, PMUSA will not be involved with any disputes that arise from that transaction.
  9. The relevant data for each imported dog or bitch will be entered into the PMUSA database.
  10. Foreign-born puppies should be transported only after reaching 9 weeks of age.

BUYING AND SELLING DOGS/PUPPIES:

  1. Unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise that will not compromise health or welfare, puppies may be released to their new home only after reaching 9 weeks of age.
  2. While puppies are young and can change as they grow, the sellers should honestly evaluate their puppy according to the AKC-FSS Pyrenean Mastiff Standard to ensure the potential of the puppy matches the quality listed on the sales contract.
  3. All advertising shall be factual and informative, honestly representing the Pyrenean Mastiffs offered. Prices shall not be included in any advertising.
  4. Breeders shall sell only to responsible persons who are interested in the protection of the breed and who agree to provide the highest quality of care, including socialization and training. A generic application is available on the PMUSA website for members to use to help screen potential buyers.
  5. A PMUSA member will sell each Pyrenean Mastiff puppy/adult on a written contract signed by all parties. Said contract shall containat a minimum:
    1. Stipulate that the buyer have a veterinary check-up within five (5) working days of the sale, (or whatever is applicable in your state of residence), to determine that the dog/puppy is healthy. If the veterinarian determines that the dog/puppy is not in good health the breeder will, upon the dog/puppy’s return, refund the purchase price or replace the dog/puppy with one of the same quality.
    2. The contract should also contain a provision that ensures that the breeder is contacted whenever an owner can no longer keep a dog at any time in the dog’s life and that the breeder will take back the dog if asked to do so or arrange for the transfer of the dog to a new owner approved by the breeder.
  6. Additional items that should be transferred from the seller to the new owner of a puppy or adult dog include:
    1. Complete care/feeding instructions.
    2. A record of veterinary exams, inoculations and worming or clear fecal exams.
    3. Provide the buyer with all required registrations as defined in the Breeding Guidance with a minimum of a (3) generation pedigree within 90 days of sale.

COMPLIANCE: Failure to adhere to the provisions of the PMUSA Code of Conduct may result in proceedings for suspension and/or expulsion pursuant to the Bylaws of the PMUSA.