Changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme

CHANGES have been made to the Assured Breeder Scheme so that members must now permanently identify all their dogs before sale – unless a vet advises otherwise.

They must also keep additional records of any veterinary treatment their dogs have, and must ensure puppies are inspected by a vet before sale. Records of veterinary treatments and examinations must be passed to the new owner.

Breeding records

In addition, breeding records should be kept including:

Oestrus dates of bitches;

Dates of mating;

Details of sire;

Whelping record – sex, date of birth, weight, description;

Caesarean sections;

Date/cause of death;

Details of sale – date, name and address;

Stud dog litters produced.

The changes are effective immediately, but members have been given six months to comply to the changes.

Rule 4.4 now reads: “Assured Breeders must permanently identify breeding stock owned or offered at stud by microchip, tattoo or a DNA profile. This is checked automatically when litters are registered.

“Puppies must also be permanently identified prior to sale unless otherwise advised in writing by a vet. The permanent identification of dogs must be carried out by a trained operator.

“Where dogs or puppies are microchipped or tattooed, the relevant number must be registered on a national database.”

Rule 6.2 states: “Assured Breeders must ensure that the puppy has been inspected by a vet prior to sale and pass any record of veterinary treatment or examination to the new owner.”

The KC has now recruited and completed the training of its 24 assessors – six full time and 18 part time – and has bestowed UKAS accreditation on about 1,500 of its 7,554 members.

Backlog

In the new year the KC said it would be visiting and assessing every breeder before they could join the scheme at least every three years thereafter, and this week it said it now had the capacity to carry out ‘well over’ 300 assessments a month as it worked through a backlog; priority has been given to those who are expecting a litter or who have recently had a litter.

“With the exception of those in one or two areas, members who have notified the ABS department that they are expecting a litter have been allocated an assessor who will prioritise their assessment visit,” said ABS manager Bill Lambert.

“The scheme continues to evolve to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of puppy buyers and responsible breeders. We have recruited and trained further assessors and have carried out more assessment visits than ever before, and will continue to increase our capacity to carry out visits.

“We thank all breeders on the scheme for their patience and support during this time and call upon all responsible breeders to join the scheme so that puppy buyers can make the vital distinction between good and bad breeders. It is important that all responsible breeders join the scheme, exposing those who fail to adopt even the basic principles of responsible breeding and leaving them nowhere to hide.”