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Our goal is to produce puppies of such quality that they will serve to improve
and perfect the breed. We will avoid breeding individual Mudi known to have,
or are strongly suspected of having, a serious inherited disease, defect, or temperament that will likely be passed onto offspring and that, if inherited, would significantly affect the quality of life of any offspring that would be produced. We will ensure that every litter is the results of a conscientious planning, in which the parents’ temperament and physical attributes along with health clearances have been taken into consideration.
All participating breeders agree to:

  1. Educate and familiarize themselves to recognize the correct United Kennel Club (UKC) breed standard, conformation, and representative dogs of the Mudi breed, prior to breeding a stud dog or a brood bitch.

  2. Breeders agree to act as mentors and provide encouragement to persons with whom they place puppies and to encourage open dialog for the life of the dog.

  3. At all times strive to breed for the improvement of the overall Mudi as exemplified by the UKC standard.

  4. Agree to breed only animals that are in good health and who are physically and temperamentally sound. While each breeding is an individual decision by the breeder, the following guidelines are suggested as best practices for preserving health and diversity in the Mudi breed:

    1. Physical Health:         

      1. We recommend that each dog/male or bitch/dam have the following evaluations prior to being bred:

        1. OFA/Penn Hip

        2. Patella

        3. Elbow

        4. Eye

        5. Embark DNA or UC Davis genetic analysis, with a full-pedigree or genetic COI estimate of less than approximately 12.5% for the planned litter.

      2.  It is suggested that a Cardiac certification be obtained but are not necessary prior to a dog/male being used for breeding.

      3. We suggest each dog/male or bitch/dam have a basic working title before having a litter. This can include and not limited to:

        1. Obedience

        2. Herding

        3. Agility, Dock Diving, Frisbee.

        4. Trick Dog

        5. Scent

      4. Each dog/male or bitch/dam should have a basic working title before having a litter. This can include and not limited to:

        1. Obedience

        2. Herding

        3. Agility, Dock Diving, Frisbee.

        4. Trick Dog

        5. Scent

      5. Kennels should have less than 5 litters per year.

      6. Repeat breeding’s of the same sire and dam should be limited. Breeders are encouraged to use multiple members of a litter rather than repeat breeding’s of a single dog from a litter.

      7. Idiopathic Epilepsy

        1. Dogs who have been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy, and their offspring, siblings, and parents should not be used in breeding. For example, if Dog A is diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy, Dog A’s sire and dam should not be bred again (either as a repeat breeding or to other dogs), Dog A’s littermates should not be bred, and any puppies Dog A might have had before being diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy should not be bred

        2. In order to reduce the risk of epilepsy and limit the spread of dogs who carry some of the genes involved in epilepsy, pedigrees of all dogs should be examined closely for relatives with epilepsy or who might have produced epilepsy. If the pedigree contains such dogs within 4 generations, it is recommended that no breeding should take place until after the dog reaches the age of 4. The following two sections (3 and 4) describe in more detail what to look for:

        3. Dogs should not be bred before the age of 4 if full siblings of parents or full siblings of grandparents of the dog have been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy.

        4. Dogs should not be bred before the age of 4 if parents, grandparents, or full siblings of the parents or grandparents have produced offspring diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy.

        5. Owners and breeders of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy are encouraged to make that information publicly available.

    2. Sound Temperament:

      1. Dogs who display fearfulness, human or dog aggression, or high levels of noise or environmental sensitivity, should not be used in breeding.

  5. Bitch/Dam:

    1. A female should not be bred before she is physically and mentally mature as appropriate to the breed, and then only if she has been examined by a licensed veterinarian and is in excellent health.

    2. Females should not rear more than the appropriate number of litters in her lifetime for her breed (which is generally no more than 5) or as advised by a licensed veterinarian. No more than 4 purebred litters per female in order to preserve breed diversity.

  6. Dog/Male:

    1. Males should not be used for stud for more than 6 purebred litters in his life time in order to avoid popular-sire problems.

    2. Males who are not bred but meet the club guidelines for breeding are recommended to be collected for future use, in order to broaden the available genetic pool.

  7. Open Discussion

    1. Breeders who have questions about planned litters and how best to comply with club guidelines are encouraged to discuss planned litters with other club members. We do not seek to ostracize. We believe in open discussion and education, and understand that different breeders have different goals and circumstances.

  8. Puppy:

    1. Breeders will ensure all puppies are seen by a licensed veterinarian as part of a full veterinary exam with a clean bill of health (unless an exemption is applicable), are given appropriate shots and are dewormed or have a negative fecal exam before going to a new home.

    2. Breeders will provide age-appropriate interaction and socialization to all puppies until they leave for their forever homes.

  9. Whelping area should be cleaned frequently due to the extra waste from the puppies

  10. Comply with all applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations.

  11. Agree that testing results will be sent to the NAMA (North American Mudi Alliance) and will be available to any of our members, including passing and failing test results.

  12. Encourage and support participation in the Health & Litter Database maintained by the Mudi group. [Link to be provided]

  13. Sale of Puppies:

    1. Keep puppies for as long as it takes to make sure they are placed in suitable homes. Never allow any puppy to leave for its new home before an age appropriate for its breed (generally 8 weeks or older and not younger than 7 weeks).

    2. Screen all prospective owners to determine their suitability and motives for acquiring a dog by interviewing owners with specific questions.

      1. Refrain from selling to buyers that haven't been screened appropriately and approved.

      2. Prospective buyers shall be thoroughly vetted and screened to ensure each puppy ends up in a safe home.

    3. Never misrepresent the characteristics of a breed or a dog.

    4. Disclose any known health issues of a dog before it goes to a new home.

    5. Make sure that each pup, upon release to its new owners, is accompanied by the following:

      1. Health certificate including vaccination and deworming dates and all prior health records (unless an exemption is applicable)

      2. A sales contract (preferable)

      3. A health guarantee (preferable)

      4. National registry registration documentation (if applicable)

      5. Resources regarding breed-specific health problems and expectations (preferable)

  14. Maintain detailed records of each litter they breed.

  15. For the lifetime of the dog, regardless of the reason or circumstances, take back or help to rehome the dog if the new owner is no longer able to care for them.

  16. Encourage new owners to join and abide by the Mudi Alliance of North American Code of Ethics.

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