Breeders Code of Ethics

Regulations for breeding Northern Inuit dogs

1. All breeders, Stud dog owners and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with the Northern Inuit Society (NIS), accept the jurisdiction of the Northern Inuit Society and undertake to abide by its Code of Ethics.  Breeders, Stud dog owners and NIS Member(s) will be referred to as Member(s) throughout this document.

2. All Members must sign this document to show they have read and understood the NIS Breeders Code of Ethics which includes all advertised updates added throughout the year.  This must be signed on the month of January each year and sent to the NIS registrations officer.  All new Members must sign and send this document as soon as they notify the NIS Registrations Officer of their intention to breed or Stud their dog out. The Health form must also be completed for all NIS dogs on the month of January each year, and sent to the Health Advisor. The Health form can be found on the Breeders Facebook page under the files tab and then useful links.

3. All Members shall, at all times, ensure that all dogs under their control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper veterinary attention, as and when required.

4. All Members commit to compliance with The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and any updates thereafter.

5. All Members must have an active NIS Registered Affix before they can breed or stud their dog. All Affix Registrations must be applied for through the Registration Officer and Kennel Names must apply the following condition: (please read carefully)

(a). A selection of three names should be given in order of preference.
(b). The Kennel Name must be one word only, at least 4 and not more than 12 characters. Hyphens and apostrophes are not permitted.
(c). The applicant(s) cannot use his/her own surname.
(d). Full breed names cannot be used within a Kennel Name e.g. Labrador.
(e). Common place names, Registered Company and Trade Names cannot be used.

6. All Members must commit to compliance of recommended dog space as per the RSPA recommendations which are as follows:

(a) For kennelled dogs living outside: the space should be large enough to allow separate sleeping and daytime activity. The dog should be able to stand and stretch without touching the sides and be able to go on hind legs. The dog should have sufficient shelter from the sun, rain and wind.

(b) For indoor dogs they should have sufficient space to be able to stand and stretch etc, and crates should not be used as a permanent living space.

All Members must commit to compliance with Breeders Spot Checks.  This is to ensure that they are complying with the COE and have adequate living space for their dogs. It will be put on the website that the NIS carryout spot checks as this will enhance our credibility as responsible breeders

7. A Member must breed only with the intent of maintaining and/or improving the standard of the Breed and the health, welfare and soundness of their dogs having regard to the following:-

(a) Striving to eliminate hereditary diseases within their dogs and the NIS breed.

(b) Health, physical welfare and fitness for function of dogs is of prime importance.

(c) Make every reasonable effort to ensure that dogs bred by them do not suffer from any disorder that impedes their sight, breathing or ability to move freely or which is otherwise detrimental to their comfort and wellbeing.

8. When planning a litter, members should ensure they have the necessary facilities to give proper care and attention to the Dam and her pups.  Owners of Stud dogs should satisfy themselves that the owner of the bitch will provide such care and facilities. Members must be able to retain any unsold pups for as long as is necessary. Any member breeding a litter must be prepared to take responsibility for any pups needing to be re-homed.


9. The Members must agree without reservation not to perform an operation that alters the natural conformation of any dog. (The removal of hind dew claws is recommended by the NIS and before the puppy is 4 days old to avoid possible future complications.)

10. The Members must agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes. Potential buyers should be made aware if a puppy has a known defect or shows any definite departure from the standard.

11. The Member must have their dog positively identified with a microchip and carryout BVA test for Hip and Elbow Scoring and follow BVA recommendation eye tests scheme (eye test completed after one year old) on bitches and Stud dogs before breeding. Overseas breeders must test their breeding stock using the equivalent of the UK B.V.A health scheme.  A copy of the results must be sent to the NIS Registration Officer, before mattings.  Results higher than the breed average (currently 12) or higher than 8 on either side of the hip score, higher than 0 on either side of elbows or anything other than clear for eye testing must be reported to the Breed Advisor.  If the owner of a high score Hip and Elbow result wishes to proceed with breeding they must bring the dog to the Breed Advisor for a full assessment (ether to the Breed Advisors home or to an NIS show).  The Breed Advisor along with one other Member of the Breed Committee will assess every point of the dog and what the dog can offer to the breed.  A report will be written and given to the Breed Committee for consideration before any dog is accepted as suitable for breeding.

12. A bitch shall not be whelped from until she has reached the age of two years old (no mating before 22 months old), and she is in good health.  A bitch should whelp her first Litter before the age of 5 and not after the age of 8 years (relief from this restriction may be considered provided an application is made prior to the mating, the proposed dam has previously whelped at least one other registered litter, and the application is supported by veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping).

13. You cannot use your dog to Stud until he has reached the age of 18 months.

14. The dam will not be bred from if she has already whelped 4 litters (as of the 1st January 2012 the Kennel Club, international Clubs and all associated members changed the limit from 6 litters to 4 litters). As of the 14th Dec 2014 the Northern Inuit Society will automatically check to see how many previous litters the NIS has an account of and where the number previously recorded is 4 or more, the matings will be rejected. No bitch is permitted to have more than two C-sections.

15. Members must complete the following forms before and during the breeding process (all forms can be found on the Breeders Facebook page under the files tab and then useful links:

(a) Proposed mating form – The Member will inform the NIS Breed Adviser and Registration Officer about their intention of matching and mating dogs.NIS Health Form for both bitch and stud dog.

(b) Litter Registration – litter registration must take place within 6 weeks of the date of whelping. For the purposes of this clause “litter” includes all puppies there from living at the date of registration of the litter. A member shall register all puppies in a litter at the same time and on one form of application for Registration of Litter.

(c) NIS Health Form for all puppies at 7 weeks, this must include any still births or deaths during this time, and any other Heath issues or defects.

(d) Transfer of ownership form – The member must supply the new owner’s full details to the NIS registration officer once the puppy leaves the members care by completing the Transfer of ownership form.

Any Member that that receives health issue reports from owners must report this to the Health Advisor for the Health Advisor to follow up.

16. When Members fail to comply with all forms and registrations submitting’s the following will apply:

(a) First offence will receive a warning letter.

(b) Second offence will receive a fine of £25 per puppy.

(c) Third offence will receive a fine of £50 per puppy.

The Committee will apply the rules with common sense.

17. Members must not breed a bitch twice in a 12-month period (365 days).

18. Members must not conduct or permit mother/son, father/daughter or brother/sister matings. The member is fully aware that if this happens accidentally the puppies, as a result of such matings, will not be used for future breeding.

19. Members must not knowingly permit the mating of any dog or bitch which is not registered with the NIS or is not a registered NIS breeder.

20. Members must not knowingly permit any of that Members pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross-bred dog, or to any unregistered NI dog.

21. Members must not sell or otherwise transfer from that Member’s care any puppy under eight (8) weeks of age. Puppies must be microchipped and vaccinated according to the country of birth requirements prior to leaving that Member’s care.

22. Members must ensure that all persons acquiring dogs from that Member clearly understands their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal and that they have the time and facilities (i.e. adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter etc.) to perform their obligations.

23. No puppy should be exported before the age of 10 weeks unless they are travelling with an escort. Care should be taken to ensure that Countries to which dogs of any age are exported have adequate anti-cruelty laws in force.








24. Members should and where possible accept a dog back or re-home a dog they bred if the initial circumstances change.  If this is not possible the member will contact the NIS rescue to take the dog for re-homing and make a donation to the NIS rescue to help with the re-homing.

25. Members are not:

(a) Permitted to sell any dog to a commercial dog wholesalers or retail pet dealers

(b) Permitted to allow a dog owned by that member to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.

(c) Permitted to offer a dog for sale by auction through any form of media.

26. Members must not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed.

27. Members must ensure that within 28 days of the date of sale or transfer of a dog to another person that documents, as required by the NIS, are provided to the new owner of the dog.

28. Upon the sale or transfer of a dog a Member shall supply the new owner with a current vaccination certificate signed by a Veterinary Surgeon evidencing that the dog has been immunised against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvo Virus along with microchip documentation. Overseas breeders must immunise as per their country’s requirements. Members must provide the worming information and dates given.  Members will also provide the minim of 10 days’ food supply with written details on feeding (the only time this feeding rule does not apply is when sending overseas).

29. No dog should be sold or transferred in a state of ill health.

30. Members must not engage in false or misleading advertising relating to the conformation, characteristics or performance of that member’s dog and shall only advertise their Affix, the dog’s name with the inclusion of titles awarded and registered details that are on the NIS Database.

31. All Members will work in unity for the breeds advancement and place the NIS Breed ahead of any personal issues among its members.

32. Non-compliance with the Regulations of this Code is deemed to be misconduct and can lead to expulsion from the NIS.

All NIS Registered Breeders must comply with any procedures in place (or amended by committee majority vote) within the given time scales.


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