Code of Ethics

The Bergamasco Sheepdog Association of Canada, in keeping with its aims of encouraging the continuing development of high quality Italian Alpine Sheepdogs, the Bergamasco, has developed and taken as norm the following Code of Ethics in order to promote and foster the highest standards among breeders and owners; and in so doing, encourages the cooperation in any improvement, maintenance, and protection of our breed.

All members in good standing of BSAOC subscribe to and uphold this Code of Ethics.

Anyone breeding Bergamascos holds and accepts an incredible responsibility, not only to the breed at present but to the breed of the future. Persons accepting to breed their Bergamasco should match stud and bitch based upon: temperament, conformation, the individuals and their bloodlines; the most pressing of which would be the preservation of a healthy genetic diversity in the Bergamasco breed population.

The Bergamasco of the BSAOC considered for breeding are evaluated on their own merit, no sooner than 16 months of age and may not be bred sooner than 24 months of age. Close inbreeding is prohibited and passing OFA x-rays for hips (and elbows if deemed necessary) is required. Additional health testing, including blood work-up, eye exams and thyroid screening are highly recommended and supported. The owners of BSAOC registered Bergamasco and kennels, pledge to uphold the BSAOC code of ethics by securing health and temperament of the Bergamasco above all else.

The breeding rules and code of ethics ensure a minimum standard for every litter registered with BSAOC using the FCI Bergamasco Standard; but then again, BSAOC breeders may set an even higher standard for themselves.

The following was approved by the FCI General Assembly held in Dortmund, June 10th and 11th, 1991 and approved by the General Assembly held in Buenos Aires, July 2005.

Art. 10 – Code of Breeding Ethics

Breeding and development of dog breeds must be based on long-term objectives and sound principles so that the breeding does not result in diseases, bad temperament and lack of working skills. Breeding must serve the objective of preserving as well as extending the genetic variety (polygenicity) of the breed. Only functionally healthy dogs are to be used for breeding. It lies with any breeder who selects a dog for breeding to determine whether this breeding animal is mentally and physically suited for breeding. The breeder has to ensure both good mental and physical conditions for breeding animals. As long as a puppy is in the breeder’s custody, that person must ensure a physically and mentally beneficial environment for the puppy to guarantee proper socialization.

See the complete FCI Breed Standard, under “Breed Info” on this site.