The NEAA Code of Ethics shall serve to promote the highest ideals among owners and breeders of the Norwegian Elkhound, and to aim for the continuous improvement of the Norwegian Elkhound within the framework of the breed standard as approved by The American Kennel Club. As a member in good standing of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America, I subscribe to and am bound by the following NEAA Code of Ethics.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations adopted by the American Kennel Club.
- Abide by the principles of good sportsmanship in such a manner as to reflect credit on all Norwegian Elkhound events, activities, and competition.
- Fully explain to all prospective Norwegian Elkhound owners the advantages, as well as the disadvantages, of owning a Norwegian Elkhound.
- Attempt to aid and befriend any novice owner, exhibitor, or breeder.
- Cultivate knowledge in the field of canine genetics and work resolutely to eliminate hereditary defects from the Norwegian Elkhound.
- Before entering into any breeding agreement carefully analyze the conformation and the pedigree of the prospective sire and dam. Keeping the Norwegian Elkhound breed standard clearly in mind, refuse any mating if the opinion is held that it is not in the best interest of the breed. If stud service is denied, fully explain the reasons to the owner of the bitch.
- Before entering into any breeding agreement make the health and welfare of the bitch of primary concern. Ensure that no bitch shall be bred before attaining the age of 18 months, nor before her second season, and that no bitch shall be bred after attaining the age of 9 years. Ensure that no male shall be bred before attaining the age of 1 year.
- Refuse to deal with, nor sell any Norwegian Elkhound to, a pet store, wholesaler, or commercial dealer. Include in all stud contracts an agreement to be signed by the owner of the bitch stating that no puppies resulting from the mating will be wholesaled or sold to pet stores.
- The NEAA Guidelines for Breeders of Norwegian Elkhounds shall be reviewed for additional principles and practices recommended by the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America.
The Norwegian Elkhound Association of America, Inc. cannot be held responsible for the actions of any kennel or individual who seems to be engaging in unethical practices or fails to abide by the NEAA Code of Ethics.