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Ethical Guidelines

These guidelines are established in accordance with the objectives of the American Pointer Club (APC) and are set forth to protect and advance the interest of the Pointer by maintaining high breeding standards and by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, field trials, obedience trials, and tracking tests, as well as other American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned events. Adherence to the guidelines is strongly recommended.


  • The objective of the selection of the dogs to be bred should always be to produce puppies that are of better quality than the parents.
  • Breeding should be done for the betterment of the breed, not for monetary reasons.
  • Only animals of quality with characteristic type, sound structure and temperament, and free of congenital faults should be bred.
  • Members should not breed a bitch unless they are willing to keep all puppies until responsible homes are found. Members should be responsible for each dog they breed/own for the life of that dog.

Remember: No one ever asked to have a genetic problem in his/her line. We, as Pointer breeders, must be honest in our breeding practices. When problems do occur, be open about them. We cannot remove the genetic problems from our breed without the help of each and every Pointer breeder. Pointers are wonderful. We must strive to keep them that way.


  • All service and sales arrangements should be mutually agreed upon, stated in writing, and signed by all parties involved.
  • All dogs sold by members should be honestly evaluated regarding their pedigrees, temperaments, potential and faults.
  • A substandard or inferior-quality animal should be sold with a limited registration and with a written agreement stating that the dog will not be bred, and will be neutered or spayed.
  • Members should not sell puppies to pet stores, even on commission; they should not wholesale litters, sell dogs at auctions, or offer dogs as prizes at raffles or lotteries.
  • Breeding stock should not be sold to commercial operations or persons who knowingly sell to pet stores or puppy mills.
  • Furnish copies to each buyer of all veterinary procedures, pedigree, and AKC registration or transfer documents, unless written agreement is made at the time of sale that papers will be withheld.
  • Be truthful in your advertising. Do not mislead prospective buyers or misrepresent your dogs.
  • Members should screen all prospective buyers to assure that dogs will have safe and loving homes.
  • Members should follow up on dogs after the sale to ensure the dogs' continuing care and to encourage the owners to become involved in Pointer activities in show, field, obedience, and tracking.


  • Members should maintain the best possible standards of canine health, cleanliness, and veterinary care, including mental health such as contact with people and exposure to the outside world.


  • Members should become familiar with the AKC rules regarding record keeping, registration, sale and transfer of dogs, the procedures regarding exhibiting dogs and the holding of events.
  • Members should breed only AKC-registered Pointers with other AKC-registered Pointers, and keep accurate records of matings and pedigrees.


  • Members should conduct themselves in all aspects of the sport of dogs in a manner designed to reflect credit upon the Pointer and the APC.
  • Members should practice the principles of good sportsmanship considering competitors as challenges, not threats.
  • Members should not spread rumors about other dogs, or other people.

NOTE: These guidelines are not part of the American Pointer Club Constitution and ByLaws, and are currently considered voluntary on the part of APC's membership.



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