Scottish Collie Preservation Society
Code of Ethics


All Members

  • Will treat other Members and Breeders in a friendly, polite, and respectful manner     
  • Will engage in discussions, share information, and interact with other members in a pleasant and positive way realizing that although others may not share the same opinion, certainly all must be allowed to share. We learn so much from listening to each other.
  • Will be supportive of, and helpful to, other Members and Breeders
  • Be generous with your time, knowledge, and talents; it will help other Members and so strengthen our preservation movement.
  • Will promote the Scottish Collie breed without either maligning, or ridiculing, other breeds, or groups, or individuals involved with other breeds

All Breeders

  • Must test genetically for the SCPS Essential Panel (CEA and MDR1)
  • Before the second breeding complete genetic testing for the SCPS Supplementary Panel (remainder of the Scottish Collie Panel).
  • Consider a dog’s genetic weaknesses when selecting a mate. Work to eliminate the most common of the genetically carried diseases to which the Collie is prone. For a dog or bitch which is Affected, and so carrying two mutant genes for any of the Collie panel of diseases, a breeder must make every effort possible to begin to breed away from these mutant genes, by finding a mate whose genes can begin to correct the problem. This will raise offspring to the level of unaffected, but carrier, with the eventual goal being the elimination of the mutant genes.
  • Genetic diversity must be considered in choosing a mate. For this reason the Co-efficient of Inbreeding or COI will be tracked within the pedigree database, and be automatically published there. The COI levels will be adjusted downwards as preservation efforts mature.
The Breeder agrees not to use any close family breedings.  Such breedings will not be recognized or registered.  These close family breedings which are NOT allowed include the following:
          * Sire or Dam to any of their own pups
          * Full or Half siblings to each other
          * First cousins to each other
Breeders will continually work to lower the COI in their breeding program with an end goal being 0%.
  • Breed to the SCPS Standard.  SCPS Member Breeders must also agree to work towards returning this historic breed to its former great temperament, its original functional form, its classic beauty, great health and stamina, and its usefulness, so that the Scottish Collie can once again become North America’s favorite breed of dog.
  • Abide by Over-breeding rules: Breeders agree not to over-breed bitches registered with SCPS. The Owner/Member may only register 4 litters within the lifetime of each registered bitch. This regulation is to encourage Breeders not to overtax the health of their bitches, so that the quality of the puppies will remain high, and genetic diversity within the Registry will be more easily maintained.
  • Limits on Breeding for Male dogs: Males may be bred as many times as the SCPS COI limitations allow.
  • Will promote the Scottish Collie breed without either maligning, or ridiculing other breeds, groups, or individuals involved with other breeds.
  • Double Merle puppies shall not be recognized, or recorded in the SCPS Registry. Members who intentionally breed such puppies will be barred from Membership in compliance with the stated goals of the SCPS to improve the genetic health of the breed.

To avoid accidental Double-Merle litters: any dog with a Merle parent must be genetically tested for the Merle gene before breeding.

Breeders must agree to abide by this Code of Ethics to become a SCPS Breeder.

SCPS Code of Ethics adopted by the Board of Directors via electronic vote on December 28, 2016.  Amendment approved January 3, 2017.

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