Most national kennel clubs and 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. Note: Breed-specific recommendations are covered under that section of DogWellNet.com.
Many governments, countries, states and local authorities, as well as humane and commercial organisations have developed general guidelines and/or regulations addressing health and welfare issues in the breeding of dogs (pedigreed and other) that are intended for sale. Obviously, there will be overlap with the population addressed by the kennel club guidelines, but the focus and scope are generally somewhat different. Guidelines focused on commercial dog breeding are in the Legislation section.