Resources – 2018 Code Of Ethics


The Code of Ethics is established in accordance with the objectives of the United States Of American Coton de Tulear Club (USACTC) to protect and advance the interests of the Coton de Tulear. It is written to provide guidelines for the responsible ownership and ethical breeding practices, and it is dedicated to the preservation and welfare of the Coton de Tulear.

All Members:
•USACTC and Affiliate Club members shall be responsible for adherence to the Code of Ethics.
•Individual members of the USACTC and Officers of each Affiliate Club shall re-affirm acceptance of the Code of Ethics on an annual basis, by written confirmation accompanying the USACTC dues notice.
•Shall maintain the best possible standard of health, cleanliness, safety, and care of their Coton de Tulear.
•Shall consider breeding a litter only if the breeder is prepared to keep the resultant offspring for as long as it takes to suitably place each puppy.
•Shall not release Coton de Tulear litters, puppies or adults to pet dealers, commercial retailers or distributors or to any party for the purpose of auction, resale, lottery or raffle prize.
•Shall sell all puppies and adults in a manner that reflects the member’s care, concern and integrity, by selling puppies or adults in good condition, good health, and of sound temperament.
•Shall display good sportsmanship and conduct at all times and in such manner as to reflect credit upon themselves, the USACTC, and the breed.
•Shall bear responsibility for the truth and accuracy of any photographs or information personally used for breeding or advertisement.
•Shall be accountable for the actions of a handler in their employ as they pertain to the Code of Ethics.
•A Coton de Tulear bred by a member of the USACTC or sired by a stud dog owned by a member of USACTC that is turned into rescue shall be provided for, financially or in fact, by the breeder or stud dog owner.

Mandatory Testing Requirements, checked by accredited/certified veterinarians

1. Patellar evaluation; no sooner than 12 months of age.
2. Dilated eye exams (CERF); no sooner than 6 months.
3. Cardiac Evaluation; no sooner than 12 months of age
4. Radiographs on hips; Preliminary test may be done before two years of age. Certified test must still be done after two years of age.

Testing- Strongly Recommended

1. Radiographs of elbows- Preliminary test may be done before two years of age. Certified test must still be done after two years of age.
2. Thyroid screening
3. Complete screening of all genetic tests on breeding stock, both dogs and bitches. COE breeders will not breed known carriers to carriers of any known genetic disease.

• BNA (Banders’s Neonatal Cerebellar Ataxia)
• DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
• CMR2 (Canine Multifunctional Retinopathy)
• vWD (Von Willebrands Disease)
• PH (Primary Hyperoxyluria)
• HU (Hyperuricosuria)

Breeders and Owners of bitches and stud dogs , alike should:

• Agree that the prime objective for breeding the Coton de Tulear is to produce animals of exceptional quality. To that end, only breed dogs and bitches of sound temperament and structure, good health, and characteristic type as described in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) approved Official Standard for the Coton de Tulear.
• Be informed of and work diligently toward the elimination of hereditary health problems of the breed by refraining from breeding a dog or bitch if they have, in 2 litters to different partners, produced offspring with the same serious genetic fault, such as blindness, deafness, PDA, lameness, or impairment of vital functions which prevent these offspring from living a normal, healthy life without major surgical or significant medical intervention.
• Ensure that bitches and dogs to be bred are in robust health. Eyes, cardio, patella, and hips should be checked by accredited veterinarians and declared to be within normal limits. Members should make an effort to submit all health tests performed to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), for inclusion in their data base.
• Not breed a bitch prior to 1 year of age or after 8 years of age, not permit more than 6 litters in her lifetime, not breed a bitch more than 2 out of 3 consecutive seasons.
• Not breed to an unregistered Coton de Tulear.
• Honor all contracts regarding sales, co-ownerships, breeding rights, agreements, compensations, leases, stud service and/or any written agreements set forth.
• Acknowledge that the owner of the sire is as responsible as the owner of the dam in all matters of the welfare of the offspring. Anyone standing a Coton de Tulear at stud bears great responsibility to the future of the breed; therefore, a stud owner should use the dog discriminately and with paramount intention of advancing and protecting the breed.
• Release puppies only at or over the age of 9-10 weeks.
• Furnish written instructions on the care, feeding and health care to the new owner, as well as written health record of immunization or medical treatments.
• Sell puppies and adults with a Health Certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian within a month prior to sale or request that the puppy or adult be examined by the new owner’s veterinarian within 2 weeks of the transfer.
• Provide an accurate and valid documentation of AKC registration & pedigree.
• Use a Spay/neuter contract in the sale of a puppy or adult that shows a health issue or serious fault as described in the Standard. Members are encouraged to use the limited registration option offered by the AKC.
• Be prepared to accept and provide care for any puppy/adult returned directly to the breeder

It Is Strongly Recommended That:

• Written agreements be used in all practices of co-ownerships, breeding and/or selling of Coton de Tulears.
• USACTC members serve as ongoing ambassadors to all individuals interested in our breed.
• A copy of the Code of Ethics be given to each buyer at the time of sale.

Violations of the Code of Ethics shall be considered prejudicial to the best interest of the Club or the breed.