Border Collie Club USA, Inc., BCCUSA®, is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the American Kennel Club, and its Border Collie Registry, by breeding for type and function, and by promoting and advancing the trialing, sporting competition, showing, and companionship of Border Collies.
BCCUSA and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred Border Collie as a working dog and family companion, to further advance Border Collie health and well-being, to protect the rights of all dog owners, and to promote responsible dog ownership.
Founded in 2020, Border Collie Club USA, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization.
The Border Collie Club USA (BCCUSA) endorses the following Code of Ethics for its members. It is the purpose of the BCCUSA to encourage its members to protect and advance the interests of the working Border Collie. Addressed by this Code are six primary topics of concern: Membership Responsibilities, Dog Ownership Responsibilities, Conduct, Breeding, Selling, Enforcement and Discipline. In furtherance of the purposes and philosophies of the BCCUSA, the following Code of Ethics is established to act as a behavior model for the membership. Our goal is to provide guidelines that will facilitate responsible breeding and selling, to insure the future and preservation of the working Border Collie.
The BCCUSA emphasizes responsible ownership of the breed and supportive relations among club members. Therefore, in all questions of ethics, covered or not covered by this Code, members shall act solely in the best interests of the breed and should willingly aid any Border Collie owner in upholding these common interests.
Member Responsibilities: Members’ responsibilities include: educating the public about the breed and preserving the breed, keeping in mind that they and their dogs represent the breed and the BCCUSA. Members are required to maintain good sportsmanship at all events and competitions as Members’ conduct should always be in accord with the intent of the BCCUSA Purpose and Philosophy, BCCUSA Constitution and Bylaws, and the AKC Code of Sportsmanship.
Dog Ownership Responsibilities: Members shall ensure that their Border Collies receive required vaccinations, any necessary veterinary care, and adequate nutrition. Owners should advise Breeders of any hereditary diseases or conditions that arise, providing copies of veterinary documentation or correspondence. Owners of the breed shall ensure their dogs receive proper training and are kept safe and under control at all times to prevent any charges of public endangerment or nuisance. Any public fouling will be immediately cleaned up. All dogs will be properly licensed according to community regulations. Owners shall never abandon their Border Collie at any time. If the Border Collie cannot be kept, the Owner should contact the Breeder for possible return or help in re-homing. Failing that, the Owner shall contact the BCCUSA for Border Collie Rescue assistance.
Conduct: The Purpose and Vision of the BCCUSA must be uppermost in the minds of members. All actions in regard to the dogs, fellow members, and the general public must consider the best interests of the breed. Members’ conduct shall be positively directed towards educating the public, improving one’s own knowledge about the breed and demonstrating good sportsmanship. Degrading another members’ kennel or stock with malicious intent is prohibited. It is further prohibited to threaten any members, their Border Collies or their property in any manner whatsoever. The BCCUSA advocates public release of information regarding any aspect of breeding as long as that information is released with permission of all parties involved and is accompanied by proper professional documentation. As an example, if a Border Collie is found to be affected with PRA, the owner should provide veterinary documentation, ensuring that both the owner of the sire and dam are also notified. Actions such as altering, hiding, or destroying information or certification are also prohibited. Facts, official results, and professional communications are encouraged in the best interests of the breed.
Breeding: The goal of any breeding should be to improve the breed and maintain the inherit herding instinct of world’s premiere sheepdog. Therefore, dogs and bitches must be of suitable age (BCCUSA strongly recommend breeding stock be at least two years of age) and of general overall good health and intelligence, certified free from hereditary eye defects, hip dysplasia, be of good temperament, and of sound structure and bite. Breeding without consideration for the preservation of herding ability is emphatically discouraged. The owner of the sire is as responsible as the owner of the dam in all matters of the welfare of the offspring. The terms and conditions of the breeding must be clear to all parties prior to breeding. Proper documentation of the breeding is also essential.
Selling: All Border Collies sold shall be in good health and of a suitable age to leave the litter (7 weeks old minimum age recommended), and properly documented (pedigree and registration). Breeders are strongly encouraged to implement a contract of sale for each of the offspring sold. The terms and conditions of the sale shall be clearly outlined, with written instructions on feeding, health, training and grooming included. This contract should contain language that instructs the Owner to contact the Breeder first in the event that the Owner can no longer keep the Border Collie. The Breeder should understand and acknowledge that they may need to take back, or assist in finding a new home for, any Border Collie they produce at any time in its life, if requested to do so. Advertising must be of an honest and informative nature and the price of the dog clearly stated. Sellers shall keep a record of names and addresses of all Buyers, offering support and advice to all. It is prohibited to sell, consign or donate dogs to commercial dog wholesalers, retailers (pet shops), laboratories, or raffles, including charity raffles or auctions. Moreover, Sellers should refrain from selling to unethical breeders or persons whose intentions are unknown or suspect.
Enforcement and Discipline: It is the responsibility of each member to make an inquiry concerning suspected violations of this Code of Ethics. Should such a violation appear to exist, the Board of Directors should be notified and action taken in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Bylaws of the BCCUSA. Board members may not take an active part in decisions that personally affect them.
By adhering to this Code of Ethics, we shall best accomplish the general Purpose and Philosophy of the BCCUSA.