Tailwise Breeder Code Ethics
At Tailwise, we are developing an online community of responsible breeders who prioritize the health and well being of every dog. We’re on a mission to stop puppy farming and that means ending any unethical practices by being transparent and accountable.
Breeders in Our Community
The manner in which all dogs are bred and reared affects their welfare. Every breeder in our community is held accountable to a set of standards created in collaboration with Tailwise breeder, veterinary, and other industry advisors.
There may never be a one consensus about how best to take care of and raise our dogs. However, membership in our Tailwise community represents a breeder’s commitment to provide honest communication with their customers and follow responsible breeding methods. Membership means a commitment to bring transparency and accountability to their methods in order to promote, and enhance, the welfare of their dogs. Tailwise breeders commit to the health and well-being of their dogs.
Breeding and RearingAll Tailwise breeders agree to:
- Ensure all litters are the result of planning, including consideration of parents' temperament and physical well-being, genetic health, clearances for hereditary diseases, pedigree and parentage. Where validated tests for inherited diseases are available, the dog/s intended for breeding should be tested.
- Dogs that have required surgery to rectify exaggerated conformation that has caused adverse welfare e.g. an excessively flat face must not be bred from.
- Provide a clean and safe environment for all dogs on the premises, which includes at a minimum:
- Regular social contact and enrichment including exercise, socialization, and other enrichment (e.g. toys)
- Appropriate clean water and daily food (in accordance with breed, age, and size)
- Indoor spaces with protection from extreme temperatures
- Outdoor access when temperatures are safe for the specific breed of dog
- Veterinary care for dogs when required
- If dogs are kept in kennels:
- Kennel must be constructed of impermeable material
- Have appropriate living and exercise space
- Cleaned at least daily and have appropriate bedding, lighting and ventilation
- Access to toys and other enrichment items
- Provide a clean and safe environment for a female and her litter, which includes the following (in addition to all the above):
- A non-stressful environment for whelping and nursing separate from other dogs
- A whelping pen
- A whelping pen providing enough space to move and not on top of puppies
- The whelping area should be cleaned frequently due to the extra puppy waste
- Not breed a female before she is mature (generally 2 years of age), and then only if she is in excellent health and has been approved for breeding by a registered veterinarian.
- Not breed a female beyond the appropriate age for her breed or as is advised by a registered veterinarian.
- Not allow a female to have a litter within 12 months of their previous litter.
- Not allow a female to have a multiple cesarean sections unless approved by a registered veterinarian.
- Not allow a female to rear more than the appropriate number of litters in her lifetime (which is generally no more than 4 to 6 litters).
- Ensure all puppies are:
- Handled regularly
- Introduced to social adult dogs
- Introduced to a variety of people
- Checked by a registered veterinarian as a part of a full examination with a clean bill of health (unless an exemption is applicable)
- Vaccinated and deworming
- Comply with all legislation relevant to their breeding establishment.
- Keep appropriate records of all breeding
Placing Dogs with New OwnersAll Tailwise breeders agree to:
- Keep puppies until they are placed in suitable homes.
- Not allow any puppy to leave for its new home before being an age appropriate for its breed (which is generally 8 weeks).
- Screen and question all prospective owners to determine their suitability.
- Disclose any known health issues of a dog before it goes to a new home.
- Never misrepresent the characteristics of a breed or a dog.
- Make sure that each dog, upon release to its new owners, is accompanied by the following:
- Health certificate including all records of vaccination and deworming dates (unless an exemption is applicable)
- Contract of sale (preferable)
- National registry registration documentation (if applicable)
- Microchip certificate and number
- Results of all health tests on both parents and the puppy where appropriate
- Resources regarding breed-specific health problems and expectations (preferable)
- Advice on specific breed care
- Maintain detailed records of each litter they breed.
- Refrain from selling, consigning or transferring dogs to third party pet dealers, pet shops, or to individuals with known or suspected intention to resell.
- Be available to answer questions and offer guidance to new owner for the entire lifespan of the dog.
- Regardless of the reason or circumstances, take the dog back or help in rehoming it if the new owner is no longer able to keep the dog