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Breeder's Code of Ethics

The PQRKC has adopted the following breeder code of ethics:

All breeders should promote and foster high standards among fellow breeders, owners, and fanciers to improve and advance the Vietnamese Phu Quoc ridgeback dog breed. This code of ethics should serve as a cornerstone for a breeder's accountability and responsibility to the animals in their charge and the potential new owners of the dogs they produce.

Breeders have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of a breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.



Breeders will keep accurate records, retain those records consistent with UKC registration policies, and make them available to the PQRKC upon request. These records will include, but are not limited to: stud service documents, pedigrees, all litters produced, breeding and whelp dates, and all dogs/puppies sold. Breeders may use the Breeders Record that the UKC provides to assist in maintaining these records.



  1. Breeders will provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for all dogs in their possession.

  2. Breeders will provide all dogs in their possession with optimum nutrition, exercise, socialization, vaccinations and veterinary care to ensure optimum mental and physical wellness.

  3. Breeders will plan each breeding with the paramount intention of improving the breed.

  4. Breeders will only breed purebred Vietnamese Phu Quoc ridgeback dogs certified by the VKA or the PQRKC.

  5. Breeders will provide the appropriate documentation for those concerned regarding the results of any health testing, or will disclose if any such examinations have not been done.

  6. Breeders will select stud dogs and brood bitches by evaluating conformation, temperament, working instinct and ability, with a careful study of the breed standard and the principles of genetics.

  7. Breeders will not breed any stud dog or brood bitch until they are both physically and mentally mature:

    • Bitches should not be bred before their second heat, or 18 months of age.

    • Studs should not be bred before 8-months of age.

  8. Breeders will complete appropriate health testing for breeding as follows:        

    • DNA health and breed panel via Embark, Wisdom (required)

    • Elbow and Hip screenings per OFA guidelines (recommended)

  9. Breeders will not knowingly breed monorchids, cryptorchids, dogs with vicious or shy temperaments, and will not breed dogs with serious defects or disqualifications addressed in their breed standards.

  10. Breeders will refrain from using a dog that, although free from serious or disqualifying defects, consistently produces afflicted puppies.

  11. Breeders will provide all buyers with written, signed and dated contract per industry standards.

  12. Breeders will assume responsibility for all puppies resulting from their breeding program for the lifetime of the puppies by assisting in the rescue and placement of any unwanted or surrendered dogs so that they do not end up abandoned in public shelters dogs.

  13. Breeders shall not cull any puppies for cosmetic defects such ridgelessness, or for non-serious or non-life-threatening disease or deformities such as dermoid sinus, unless the puppy is deemed unhealthy, not viable and has no chance of a normal life.


  1. Breeders will maintain a rich and diverse gene pool, understanding that diversity is important for the long-term health of the breed.

  2. Breeders will give the highest health priority to the selection of breeding stock and will not continue to breed dogs that perpetuate inheritable disorders.

  3. Breeders will maintain high standards of health and care for their dogs and provide people with puppies that are healthy and free from parasites.



  1. Breeder will be selective in the sale of their puppies, and will screen all homes appropriately to find the best fit for their puppies.

  2. Breeders will not sell dogs/puppies to dog wholesalers, retailers, pet shops, or at auctions.

  3. Breeder will refrain from releasing any puppy until it is at least 8 weeks old and weaned.

  4. Breeder will provide health guarantees in line with ethical breeding standards. 

  5. Breeder will provide refund for dogs determined to have Dermoid Sinus. 


  1. Breeder advertising of dogs/puppies will be factual and honest, both in substance and implication.

  2. Breeder will keep in mind that breeding purebred dogs involves certain responsibilities, and will not take it lightly.

  3. Breeder will not advertise that their dogs/puppies as PQRKC registered if they are not.

  4. Breeder will encourage dog/puppy purchasers to become involved in PQRKC and UKC events and to embrace the Total Dog philosophy, which is that “a sound and well-bred dog should easily be able to transition from the show ring to a physical performance event. Overall, a well-bred dog should have the looks and structure to represent a well-bred specimen, while also having the ability and intelligence to perform athletically.”

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