There are currently 10 Scheme Requirements that Assured Breeders must fulfil:
1. Ensure that all breeding stock is Kennel Club registered, and take all reasonable steps to ensure that it is healthy and "fit for function"
2. Hand over the dog's registration certificate at the time of sale if available, or forward it to the new owner as soon as posible. Explain any endorsements and obtain written & signed confirmation that the new owner is aware of the endoresement(s), regardless of whether the endorsed registration certificate is available.
3. Follow Kennel Club policy regarding maximum age and number/frequency of litters
4. Permanently identify breeding stock by DNA profile, microchip or tattoo.
5. Make use of health screening schemes, relevant to their breed, on all breeding stock. These schemes include DNA testing, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye conditions.
The current list or required and recommended checks relevant to each breed is available by clicking here
6. Give written, breed specific advice in the Puppy Sales Wallet on:
a) tendencies or potential traits in the breed
b) socialisation, exercise and training
c) feeding and worming programmes
7. Inform the buyer in writing, in the Puppy Sales Wallet, on the immunisation measures taken
8. Provide reasonable post-sales telephone advice and endeavour to deal with any issues arising in good faith.
9. Inform buyers of the requirements and the recommendations that apply to Kennel Club Assured Breeders as well as the existence of the complaints procedure.
10. Draw up a Contract of Sale for each puppy and provide a copy in the Puppy Sales Wallet.
There are currently 6 Scheme Recommendations that Assured Breeders are strongly encouraged to follow:
1. Make sure that whelping facilities accord with good practice.
2. Follow relevant breed specific recommendations
3. The Contract of Sale should clearly lay out to the buyer the nature and details of any guarantee given (e.g. time limit) and/or any provision for refund or return and replacement of a puppy. If endorsements are being used the contract should also explain why these have been placed and under what circumstances they would be removed (if any). The Contract should be signed and dated by both breeder and purchaser, showing that both have agreed to these terms.
4. Encourage new owners to take their puppy to the vet as soon as possible after taking delivery of it.
5. Commit to help, if necessary, with the re-homing of a dog, for whatever reason, throughout the dog's lifetime.
6. Assured Breeders should participate in any breed health survey or other health initiatives in their breed.