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Most national kennel clubs and other cynological organisations have regulations, recommendations and/or guidelines outlining the important ethical principles and strategies that should be followed when breeding pedigreed dogs. Although there are many similarities in content, there are also differences in scope, focus, intent and other issues. Official policies from cynological organizations apply directly only to the members of those organizations. Obviously, there will be overlap with the issues addressed by the various kennel club guidelines, but the focus and scope are generally somewhat different.

Many national, regional and local authorities also have general guidelines and/or regulations or laws addressing health and welfare issues in the breeding and keeping of dogs (pedigreed and other) that are intended for sale.

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  1. Ethical and Breeding Guidelines

    This section includes Official Policies, which includes the official guidelines, rules and regulations for national kennel clubs or registry bodies relative to breeding of dogs and registering puppies; Legislation, regulations and guidelines on dog breeding from other sources, e.g. governments and other authorities; and other documents on ethics and breeding from cynological organizations.
  2. Breeding for Health

    Overall principles of dog breeding as well as, general principles / information on breeding for health and well-being; breeding for behavior/ mentality; information applicable to individual dogs and at the breed or population level.

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