ISAA Breeders’/Stud Owners’ Code of Ethics
Dogs must have a hip x-ray done before being listed on the breeder/stud pages and before breeding. This may
be OFA and/or PennHIP and the results must be on file with the BRCC. Only dogs with an Excellent, Good or Fair
on the OFA scale, or with an equivalent PennHIP rating, or with the European testing equivalent should be used
Eyes shall be tested annually with a CERF examination and be certified/approved for breeding by CERF with
published. To be listed on the breeder or stud pages, a dog must have a CERF date from the previous year and
submit the results to CERF to be posted on their website. For example, to be listed on the 2010 breeder page,
each dog’s CERF results must be from 2009. Before a dog is used for breeding, there must be a CERF exam
performed within the previous 12 months, submitted to CERF and the results received by the BRCC if not yet
posted on the CERF site. All tests must be submitted to the CERF site.
Breeders must keep a record of information on their dogs according to AKC guidelines for record keeping. All
parents’ test results, pertinent health information, dates of litters, and numbers of pups should be included on the
All information from prior litters must be current with the BRCC. Required information to be submitted to the BRCC
via email (email@example.com): A link to the page is on the website in the Breeder’s Corner under the Litter
Listing Terms and Conditions, number 3: Litter Information, and also in the Forms and Applications link. The
BRCC chair will forward all information to the membership secretary, email addresses only to the newsletter editor
(unless no email address is available and a copy via US mail needs to be sent), the name and state/province to
the pedigree generator. All information will be kept confidentially.
X-rays of the elbows (front legs) and patella’s (rear legs) are also recommended but not required. These can be
done at OFA testing and at some PennHIP testing locations.
Both the sire and the dam must be registered with the AKC and a copy of the pedigree on file with ISAA-BRCC,
preferably an electronic copy. Additionally, all imported dogs must have a copy of the FCI or CKC pedigree on file
with the BRCC.
Recent photos of the sire and dam must be on file with the BRCC.
The inbreeding coefficient (IC) scores for generations five through ten must be done prior to breeding. ISIC
recommends an IC score of .50 or lower and a score of .65 or lower is considered acceptable .A copy of the
pedigree for the pups will be generated by BRCC at the same time and both the IC scores and the litter pedigree
must be on file with the BRCC. Please request these be completed when you plan your breeding. Of course, you
are not required to have a litter listing on the website; nevertheless, this information needs to be compiled by the
BRCC. This includes all litters produced by all approved breeders/stud dog owners, all male and female dogs
Females shall not be used for breeding before the age of 24 months. This will allow them the necessary time to
become fully mature physically and emotionally. Their reproductive life shall be from 2 years of age through 8
years of age. They will have no more than 4 litters or 25 pups whichever is greater during those 7 reproductive
years. Females should have at least one season between litters or a minimum of 9 months since the birth of her
last litter. Females should not exceed 2 litters in a 24 month period. No drugs should be administered to alter their
natural cycles. Before females are bred for the first time, they must have had both a hip test and the CERF eye
test done, and the results must be on file with the BRCC.
Males shall not be used for breeding before the age of 24 months. This will allow them the necessary time to
become mature. They should sire no more than 8 litters or 50 pups whichever is greater during their reproductive
life. Before males are bred for the first time, they must have had both a hip test and the CERF eye test done, and
the results must be on file with the BRCC. Cryptorchid or monorchid males will not be used for breeding.
Any breeder/stud owner who does not meet the guidelines will be removed from the “ISAA Breeders’ Page” and/or
the “ISAA Stud Page”. Breeders will be re-listed once their dogs conform to the published guidelines. All breeding
females in the kennel must be over 24 months of age with completed health checks.
Exceptions to any of the guidelines must be explained to and approved by the BRCC.
Note: All dogs must be micro-chipped or tattooed in order to certify test results. Further requirements may be
implemented in the future in order to keep the breed as healthy and as disease free as possible.