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AMAEP Members Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics adopted by teh AMAEP

Alaskan Malamute Club of America (AMCA) - Code of Ethics

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Approved: 9 Oct 2013


The Alaskan Malamute Club of America asserts that its membership has the obligation to preserve the Alaskan Malamute breed without exploiting it. It further asserts that its membership has an obligation to the club to uphold the high ideals set forth for all dog club organizations by the American Kennel Club.

It is urged that dogs and bitches only be bred when it is conscientiously felt that such breeding will result in improvement of the breed.

Club members should strive to breed healthy dogs with good temperaments and place them in suitable homes.

Club members should make themselves aware of health problems that affect the breed so that they may make educated decisions when planning a breeding.

Breeding is a responsibility that does not end when puppies go to their new homes.

Good sportsmanship is a requirement of the AKC and is expected of AMCA members.

Club members should set a good example, and offer assistance and mentoring to prospective and new Malamute owners with regards to care, health issues, training and suitable activities, as well as being a good “dog neighbor”.


1. Members shall abide by the rules of the American Kennel Club and uphold the Constitution and By-Laws of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. At large members shall abide by the rules of their country’s kennel club.

2. No member shall knowingly be involved in the sale/placement of puppies/dogs through retail or wholesale outlets, mail order businesses, dog dealers/agents/brokers, or act as a finder for such operations. No member shall knowingly be involved in the sale/placement of puppies to any entity whose reason for purchase is resale. Puppies/dogs shall not be placed through auctions or raffles.

3. No member shall knowingly be involved in the breeding or selling of wolf hybrids.

4. No member shall sell/place any puppy/dog without furnishing registration papers unless both parties have signed an agreement stating when/if and under what circumstances papers will be furnished. If registration papers are not provided at the time of sale, information to identify the puppy/dog, (such as birth date, litter or individual registration number, pedigree, microchip number or tattoo) shall be furnished at that time. If the dog is not registerable the purchaser/adopter shall be so informed.

5. It is recommended that any puppy sold as a pet/companion be registered using the AKC’s limited registration application. Dogs/puppies bred by members outside the U.S. should use a comparable foreign limited and/or non-breeding registration where available.

6. Dogs used for breeding shall be cleared of hip dysplasia by OFA, Pen-Hip, comparable foreign registry, or a qualified veterinary radiologist. Dogs should be cleared of inherited eye diseases by CERF, a comparable foreign registry or a qualified veterinary ophthalmologist.

7. It is strongly recommended that members take full advantage of all practical DNA tests when selecting dogs for breeding. No member shall knowingly breed two dogs to each other who are carriers for the same genetic disease. Dogs may be used if their ancestors have been cleared by DNA testing.

8. When available, health screening and DNA testing should be used as a resource to manage, decrease, or eliminate genetic diseases in the breed. In planning a breeding health issues such as, but not limited to, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, allergies, heart disease, coat funk, and orthopedic disorders should be considered. Members are encouraged to store DNA with the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) or comparable facility as well as participate in health research of diseases in the Alaskan Malamute.

9. Members shall disclose known genetic status of the puppy/dog being sold and that of its parents. Screening or test results shall be disclosed in a written sales contract signed by the seller and buyer. If any of the above (hips, eyes, CHD, PN) have not been done it shall be so stated. A breeder’s policy regarding replacements or refunds due to health issues shall be clearly stated in their sales contract.

10. Breeders should understand and acknowledge that due to unforeseen circumstances they may need to facilitate in re-homing or rescuing dogs they have produced or sold. Purchasers should be made aware of this in their contract

11. Members shall provide secure facilities for their dogs that provide adequate space and protection from adverse or extreme weather. Water and food shall be provided on a daily basis. Facilities shall be clean and dogs shall have regular access to exercise. Members shall provide appropriate health care for dogs in their custody.

12. Health, registration, identification, breeding and sales records shall be kept current. It is recommended that dogs be permanently identified by tattoo or microchip and that breeders permanently identify puppies before they go to their new homes.

13. Members’ dogs should be well socialized and have basic obedience training.

14. Advertising and promotion of dogs shall be factual. Members will exercise care in evaluating perspective buyers and do their best to place dogs in suitable homes.

AKC Code of Sportsmanship

PREFACE: The sport of purebred dog competitive events dates prior to 1884, the year of AKC’s birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of our sport: conformation, performance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years. With the belief that it is useful to periodically articulate the fundamentals of our sport, this code is presented. Sportsmen respect the history, traditions and integrity of the sport of purebred dogs.

• Sportsmen commit themselves to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy, and vigorous competition, as well as winning and losing with grace.
 • Sportsmen refuse to compromise their commitment and obligation to the sport of purebred dogs by injecting personal advantage or consideration into their decisions or behavior.
 • The sportsman judge judges only on the merits of the dogs and considers no other factors.
 • The sportsman judge or exhibitor accepts constructive criticism.
 • The sportsman exhibitor declines to enter or exhibit under a judge where it might reasonably appear that the judge’s placements could be based on something other than
the merits of the dogs.
 • The sportsman exhibitor refuses to compromise the impartiality of a judge.
 • The sportsman respects the AKC bylaws, rules, regulations and policies governing the sport of purebred dogs.
 • Sportsmen find that vigorous competition and civility are not inconsistent and are able to appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of competitors.
 • Sportsmen welcome, encourage and support newcomers to the sport.
 • Sportsmen will deal fairly with all those who trade with them.
 • Sportsmen are willing to share honest and open appraisals of both the strengths and weaknesses of their breeding stock.
 • Sportsmen spurn any opportunity to take personal advantage of positions offered or bestowed upon them.
 • Sportsmen always consider as paramount the welfare of their dog.
 • Sportsmen refuse to embarrass the sport, the American Kennel Club, or themselves while taking part in the sport.

10 Rules of Ethical Breeding


  1. The only valid reason to breed purebred dogs is to preserve the best qualities of the breed. Breeding to supply any market is not a valid justification.

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  3. You need to do all of your breeding with the best interests of the breed in mind, never your pocket book. For this you need to be a serious student of the breed and devote years of your life to it. Never "in one day, out the other".

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  5. As a beginner or new owner, you need to engross yourself in the breed as much as possible and ideally find a suitable mentor.

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  7. In order to be a serious breeder, you must show and compete you sires, dams and litters.

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  9. You need to keep track of every puppy you produce, whether pet or show, for the entire length of that animals life, to know how your breeding program is working.

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  11. All dogs sold as "pet dogs" must be released to the new owners on a spay/neuter contract.

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  13. All show puppies need to go on a contract that will not allow breeding unless the dog lives up to the quality intended, and passes all health checks and certification necessary for that breed. If a prospective breeder does not want to do this, then I am sorry but they will have to mess with someone else's dogs, not mine!!

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  15. All show dogs will be released as a Co-ownerships, which allows both you and Banshee Malamutes a certain amount of control in the breeding process of our puppies. In this regard our signature is required in order to have future litters registered. The latest news from the AKC is that there is a pending change to the rules that will not allow registration unless all papers are properly signed. If you have a difference with your co-owner it will need to be settled in court before the AKC will register litters or puppies. This is new and still pending, but a step in the right direction.

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  17. Every breeder owes to the breed, and to themselves, they be involved with rescue.

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  19. Every breeder should be prepared to take any dog back for whatever reason. If they do not have the space, then they need to be prepared to make other arrangements. But take back they must! Banshee Malamutes requires by contract that owners who must release custody of one of our dogs must return that animal to Banshee Malamutes.

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Published on: 2013-04-09 (1226 reads)

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