These guidelines are in accordance with the objectives of the Japanese Akita Club of America, Inc. (JACA), and are set forth to protect and advance the interest of our breed by maintaining high breeding standards. The JACA underwrites these standards and encourages all breeders to abide by them.
A member in good standing is considered one who:
- Abides by the constitution and by-laws of the Japanese Akita Club of America (JACA).
- Maintains the best possible standards of canine health, cleanliness and veterinary care, and provides facilities for excellent pre-natal and post-natal care of the dam and the puppies, and will, in addition, maintain these high-quality standards for any dog that he/she owns.
- Breeds Japanese Akitas only to other Japanese Akitas. A Japanese Akita is defined. by the following criteria: (a) all ancestors in a three-generation pedigree are registered with the Japanese Kennel Club and/or Akita Inu Hozonkai as a Japanese Akita or trace all their ancestry back to such dogs OR (b) all ancestors in a three-generation pedigree were registered as a Japanese Akita within a registry created by an FCI Kennel Club since their recognition in October 1998 , the Kennel Club (UK) since 2006, the United Kennel Club since 2012, OR (c) it has a three-generation pedigree which is a combination of the above, provided all eight great-grandparents are either as specified in (a) or (b).
- Maintains accurate breeding records, registration paper, and pedigrees, furnishing each purchaser with proper registration or transfer papers unless written agreement is made at the time of sale that the papers are to be withheld.
- Makes sure that all services and sales arrangements are mutually agreed upon, stated in writing, and signed by all parties involved.
- Keeps all advertising honest and in no way intentionally misleading, fraudulent, or misrepresentative.
- Learns and understands the standard of the Japanese Akita and breeds with the intention of conforming to it.
- Breeds only with the intention of improving the breed, and finding suitable, carefully screened, safe, and loving homes for the puppies.
- Chooses only healthy, registered parents of excellent temperament and qualities, X-rayed and eye-examined, resulting in certifications from OFA or PennHip and CERF, doing everything possible to prevent the passing on of devastating genetic defects.
- Refuses to breed a stud dog or brood bitch to any animal which is not registered or is markedly inferior physically or temperamentally.
- Files an “Intent to Breed” (ITB) form* which shall be sent to the Club secretary (or designee) no later than 5 days prior to a planned breeding. Should a change to the original, planned breeding occur, a revised ITB shall be submitted immediately, and absolutely no later than 24 hours after the breeding has taken place. Included in the revised ITB shall be a statement explaining the circumstances that necessitated the change. The Breeder will also send to the Club secretary (or designee), if requested, a photo or digital print of the tie during breeding.
- Breeds only mature bitches, preferably over two years of age, skipping a season between most litters. Breeds males, preferably over sixteen months old.
- Does not sell or consign Japanese Akitas (or any other breeds) to pet shops or other commercial dealers, nor does he/she breed his/her animals to their animals.
- Is as selective in breeding his/her stud dog as he/she is in breeding his/her brood bitch.
- Does not donate Japanese Akitas for raffles or auctions.
- Honestly evaluates the quality of the Japanese Akita to be sold, and fairly represents that evaluation.
- Either spays/neuters or sells while withholding papers, all pets which, for any reason, may not be qualified to be used for breeding. All registration papers will be withheld until such time as the dog is re-evaluated to determine quality. If the final determination is that of pet quality, no registration papers of any sort will be provided until such time as the owner can provide proof that the dog has been spayed/neutered, after which time papers for limited UKC or AKC registration may be provided. Such proof must be in the form of a letter or certificate from a veterinarian, and the letter or certificate must include either a microchip or tattoo number for the animal in question. Under no circumstances will AKIHO papers be provided for a pet quality animal. If the final evaluation is of show quality, full registration papers (AKIHO, UKC, or AKC) may be provided upon request of the animal’s owner(s).
- Acknowledges that he/she is responsible for any dog he/she has bred for its entire lifetime, and makes written arrangements for its return to him/her at any time the purchaser no longer wishes to keep it.
- Does not release puppies to new homes before they are at least eight weeks of age and have been properly socialized.
- Furnishes complete details on feeding, general care, medical inoculations, grooming, pedigree, etc.
- Insists in writing that the purchaser have the puppy checked by a veterinarian within 72 hours of sale, making clear that if the puppy is found to be unfit, it must be returned for either replacement or refund of purchase price.
- Does all in his/her power to protect and advance the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike conduct, good will, and camaraderie amongst the members of the Club, and at dog shows, obedience trials, public educational appearances, etc.
- Tries to assist the serious novice in his/her understanding of the breed.
- Follows up on all puppies and adults after the sale to ensure their continued care, and to encourage the owners to become involved in purebred dog activities.
- Conducts himself/herself at all times in a manner as to reflect credit upon himself/herself, the sport of purebred dogs, and the Japanese Akita and JACA in particular.
- Pays annual membership dues.
- Accepts that the breeder/owner is responsible for the co-owner’s actions and will be held to all articles of the JACA code of ethics.
*The ITB is intended to be used as a tool to insure and aid that a planned breeding produces the best possible results. By sending the ITB, any known factors, be they complimentary or negative can be acknowledged before the actual mating occurs.
This COE pertains to any and all dogs a member may own or breed and is not limited to the Japanese Akita.