AGCA Constitution & By-Laws

Constitution

ARTICLE I
Name and Objects

Section 1

The name of the organization shall be Armenian Gampr Club of America.

Section 2

The objectives of the Club shall be:
(a) To encourage and promote quality in the breeding and welfare of the native working type Armenian Gampr and everything possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
(b) To encourage the participation of interested organizations and individuals in North America;

(c) To urge members and breeders to accept the standards & evaluations of the breed as approved by the Armenian Gampr Club of America as the primary standard of excellence by which Armenian Gamprs shall be judged;
(d) To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the original native working type of the breed and to encourage relevant and sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, performance evaluations, and companion events;
(e) To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, performance evaluations, and companion events under the Rules and Regulations of The Armenian Gampr Club of America;
(f) To rescue abandoned, abused or displaced Armenian Gamprs and place them in permanent new homes.
(g) To educate members and non-members alike about ownership, value and relevance of the native working type Armenian Gampr breed.

Section 3

The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit; no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Club shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 3 hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code

Section 4

The names and addresses of the persons who are the initial trustees of the corporation are as follows:

President:
Name: ________________________ Address:___________________________________________________

Signature:______________________________ Date:______________________________________________

Vice President:

Name : ________________________ Address:___________________________________________________

Signature:_______________________________Date:______________________________________________

Secretary:

Name: ________________________ Address____________________________________________________

Signature:______________________________ Date:______________________________________________

Section 5

The place in this state where the principal office of the Corporation is to be located is the City of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County. The county and city of the Club’s principal office can be changed by an amendment of these bylaws.


Section 6

The members of the Club shall adopt bylaws, and from time to time, may revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these objectives.


BYLAWS

ARTICLE I

Section 1. Membership

There shall be five types of membership open to persons in good standing with the AGCA and who subscribe to the purposes of this club.
(a) Regular Membership is open to all persons eighteen years and older: who are and remain in good standing with the AGCA, who are interested in the breed, and who subscribe to the purposes of the Club. This type of membership pays full dues of $20 per yr and offers all Club benefits and participation. Regular members may vote and hold office.
(b) Household Membership is open to a family whose members reside at the same address, in which the adults would otherwise qualify for Regular Membership. This type of membership pays full dues of $30 per yr. and offers all Club benefits and participation. Household Membership entitles the two primary adults to cast votes and hold office.
(c) International Membership is open to all persons eighteen years and older: who reside outside of the U.S., who are interested in the breed, and who subscribe to the purposes of the Club. This type of membership pays $10 US per yr. Persons living outside of the US may not hold a board position. They will receive the newsletter electronically, and be able to participate on committees, but do not vote.
(d) Junior Membership is open to all persons under eighteen years of age who are interested in the breed and subscribe to the purposes of the Club. There are no dues, but this includes all Club benefits and participation, except that Junior Members may not vote or hold office.
(e) Lifetime Membership may be acquired in two ways.

  • 1. awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the breed or club. They pay no dues. To qualify, a person must have been a member of the AGCA for 10 years, or have made significant relevant efforts on behalf of the breed. These are granted by the majority vote of the BOD.
  • 2. May be purchased for $200 individual or $300 for individual + spouse.


(f) All voting memberships must complete a 6-month probationary term and may not vote or hold office until they have been a member more than 6 months. 15% of each membership, rounded to the nearest dollar, will go into the rescue fund.

Section 2 - Dues

Membership dues shall be paid on or before the 1st day of May of each year.
New members that join after the first quarter will have their membership fees pro-rated, on a quarterly basis.
No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of February, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year.

Section 3 - Election to Membership

Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by this constitution, the bylaws, and the rules of The Armenian Gampr Club of America. The application shall state the name, address, telephone number and email address of the applicant, together with such other information as may be required by the Board of Directors. Dues will accompany Application (either electronically or by mail). Each application will then be sent to the Membership Director for a vote regarding acceptance. At least once a month Membership Director will meet electronically, in person, or via phone with the Board to relay and vote on membership applications; a majority vote is required for membership approval. All new memberships will then be sent a packet with club information from the Membership Director. The committee can only deny Membership in the cases that there is proof that the applicant will cause harm to the club, the goals of the club, or to the breed. If an application for membership is denied by the committee, an applicant may petition the club officers/directors directly for a vote on his or her membership request. Again, a majority vote is required for membership approval. In the event membership is turned down, applicant may not reapply for 3 full calendar years.

Section 4 - Termination of Membership

Memberships may be terminated:
(a) By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the Club. Obligations other than dues are considered a debt to the Club; and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year (May1).
(b) By lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid 60 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional 30 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting or by ballot whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting/ballot is sent.
(c) By expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws. Dues are forfeit.

ARTICLE II
Meetings

Section 1 - Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Club shall be held in conjunction with the Club's National Event, which will be held in Spring of every year. The place, date, and hour will be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the annual meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary to each member at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for the annual meeting shall be 10% of the members in good standing, within the state where the Event is held.

Section 2 - Special Club Meetings

Special Club meetings may be called by the President, by a majority vote of the Board who are present at a meeting, by a majority vote of the Board taken by phone or electronically, or by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 10% of the members of the Club who are in good standing. Such a meeting shall be held at such place, date and hour as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed, faxed or emailed by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the meeting. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other Club business may be transacted. The quorum for such a meeting shall be 20% of the members in good standing, within the state where the meeting is held.

Section 3 - Board Meetings

The first meeting of the Board shall be held immediately following such Board taking office. Other meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places as are designated by the President or by a majority vote of the (entire) Board. Notice of each such meeting shall be provided to each member of the Board at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for a Board meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

Section 4 - Board Business

The Board of Directors may conduct business by telephone conference call, mail, fax, or electronically, provided that it does not conflict with any other provision of these bylaws. Items voted upon by telephone conference call must be confirmed in writing by the Secretary either by mail or electronically within seven days.

ARTICLE III
Directors and Officers

Section 1 - Board of Directors

The Board shall be comprised of the Officers and Directors all of whom shall be members in good standing. Additional requirements for each position are included in Sections 2. Two members of the same household may not serve concurrently. Initial terms from date of incorporation for officers and directors shall be three years, and subject to election thereafter; they shall be elected for two-year terms as provided in Article IV, and shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the Club's affairs shall be entrusted to the entire Board of Directors, all of whom have equal authority and one vote. No member of the Board may make unilateral decisions regarding club policy, unless previously instructed to by a majority of the board for a particular decision as recorded in the minutes. Board Members will conduct themselves as ethical, proper representatives of the Club/Breed in all situations concerning the same. Failure to carry out one’s duties as set forth in Section 2 or failure to participate fully in Board discussions, meetings, and voting may be grounds for a charge of dereliction of duty and action may be taken as described in section 4. Election of Officers shall take place in even years. Election of the odd number Directors shall take place in odd years. Election of the even number Directors shall take place in even years.

Section 2 - Officers

The Club's Officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall serve in their respective capacities with regard to the Club and its meetings. Until further notice, the Secretary and Treasurer positions may be combined under one individual.

(a) The President’s main function is to facilitate the cohesive inner workings of the club, preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board, to be a suitable figure head, carry out the requirements and powers normally appurtenant to the office of the President in addition to the duties set forth in this document. The President shall guide, with proper input from Directors and members, the appropriate direction of the club, of breeding, and the application of the Armenian Gampr to its new home within the USA.

(b) The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence, incapacity, resignation, or expulsion. The Vice President shall give counsel to the President when asked, or when needed, in appropriate guidance for application of the breed in the USA. The VP is to preside over and manage the regional deputies and affiliated clubs and organizations should they exist, take an accounting of their activities, help them properly represent the breed and present a written report to the BOD in the first quarter of each yr. regarding such.
(c) The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Club, of the Board, of all votes taken by mail or electronically (on the occasion that secret ballots are not required by this document), and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club; Additional responsibilities are as follows: having charge of the correspondence, notifying members of meetings, notifying officers and directors of their election to office, working with the Membership Director to keep a roll of the membership, keeping a copy on file of all the Directors, deputies and committee reports for a period no less then two years, and carrying out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws. Position requirements are the minimum listed above.
(d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the Club. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank approved by the Board, in the name of the Club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the Board; a report shall be given quarterly of the condition of the Club's finances, including every item of receipt or payment not before reported; In the first quarter chronicle, an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. Treasurer will work in cooperation with the Membership Director to ensure dues are processed efficiently. Position requirements: Position requirements are the minimum listed above.


Section 2 (b)

(a)The Showing & Evaluation Director shall monitor and continue to suggest refinements and/or changes to the standard to properly reflect the goals of the AGCA; designate & preside over the committees that regulate, organize, and promote the AGCA’s conformation events and evaluations; will regulate, organize, and promote the AGCA’s companion events, working events, and temperament evaluations; will ensure the proper calculation of the club points for each respective Gampr evaluation and present to the BOD a full accounting at the end of the year. The Show & Evaluation Director shall deputize individuals as needed, with approval of the President, for assistance with the above tasks and for accumulating and maintaining a record of conformation points earned by club member’s dogs associated with club, and is responsible for acquiring and ensuring delivery of the certificates and awards for such club titles.

(b) Membership Director will ensure that monthly communications to vet out applicants for membership into the club are held promptly and that new members are contacted within one (1) month of induction; this includes: informing them of their new membership status and giving them info about the club. Each month the Membership Director will submit to the BOD a roster of applicants compiled for final vote and approval of membership; will immediately inform the Treasurer of the new member’s acceptance, so that the Treasurer may pull the dues paid by said member out of the holding account and deposit them into the general fund. The Membership Director will keep a current membership roll and provide a quarterly copy to the Secretary, which will make it public record of such roll annually. The Membership Director may deputize individuals and delegate tasks to the deputies but is ultimately responsible in ensuring the duties assigned this office are carried out forth with.

(c) Public Relations Director will make suggestions and present ideas to the BOD for public event participation, merchandise and fund raising; shall appoint deputies and ensure that the respective deputies are on task and fully functional. Additionally, shall keep in monthly contact with the Armenian Delegate, in order to maintain a strong cooperative link and communication between the two countries. Position requirements in addition to those stated above: Must have good organization and people skills.

Additional Directors and/or division of duties shall be designated by a 2/3 vote of the Officers and Directors as needed.

Section 3 - Vacancies

The duties of any vacant positions on the board shall be temporarily carried out by the President and/or Vice President until position(s) are filled. Any vacancies occurring on the Board during the year shall be open until the next annual election, or a special election may be called. The President will choose a candidate for the Board to consider. The candidate must have a majority vote of all the then members of the Board to be approved. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice President and the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice President shall be filled by the Board in the manner stated above.

Section 4 - Removal of Officers and Directors

A). An Officer or Director may be removed by the Board for failure to comply with the provisions set forth in Section 2 and/or dereliction of his or her duties as described in Section 1 of this Article by a 2/3 vote of the entire Board of Directors. B). An Officer or Director may be removed by the members on grounds listed above only by the vote of those members eligible to vote for the Officer or Director. This procedure may be initiated by a written petition addressed to the Secretary and signed by 25% of the membership in good standing. Such election shall be conducted within three weeks of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary and conducted by the guidelines outlined in Article 4, section 4, part (d). Vote counting must be witnessed by three members in good standing that are not members of the BOD and that are approved of by a vote of 2/3 of the BOD (less the member in question). If the Secretary is the officer in question, votes will go to Director #2 for tally (votes may also be sent to an independent firm for counting).

Section 5 – Non-liability of Officers and Directors

The Directors and/or Officers shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of the corporation.

ARTICLE IV
The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections

Section 1 - Club Year

The Club's fiscal and official year shall begin on the 1st day of May and end on the last day of April. The elected Officers and Directors shall take office during the month of January, following the election, and each retiring officer shall turn over to his successor in office all properties and records relating to that office on or before May 15. Any officer who resigns or is removed shall turn over to his successor all properties and records relating to that office within fifteen (15) days of such resignation or removal.

Section 2 - Voting

At the Annual Meeting or at a Special Meeting of the Club, voting shall be limited to those members in good standing who are present at the meeting, except for the annual election of Officers and Directors, amendments to the constitution and bylaws, and the Standard for the Breed, which shall be decided by written secret ballot cast by mail. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. The Board of Directors may decide to submit other specific questions at any time for decision of the members by written ballot cast by mail or electronically.

  • Electronic presence at meetings when necessary is allowed.

Section 3 - Annual Election

The election of Officers and Directors shall be conducted by secret ballot. Ballots, to be valid, must be received by the Election oversight committee (or an independent professional firm designated by the Board) by April 1, or postmarked by April 1. Ballots shall be counted by three inspectors of the election, and if possible they should be members of the oversight committee. They must be members in good standing. They cannot be members of the current Board, candidates on the ballot or their family members participate. These inspectors must be approved by 75% majority of the BOD. The Board may designate an independent professional firm to send, receive, and count the ballots. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. If any nominee, at the time of the election, is unable to serve for any reason, such nominee shall not be elected, and the vacancy so created shall be filled by the new Board of Directors in the manner provided by Article III, Section 3.

Section 4 - Nominations and Ballots

No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these bylaws. A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Board of Directors before January 15th. The committee shall consist of: five members; one from each region and one additional, all members in good standing, no more than one of whom may be a member of the current Board of Directors, and none that are up for re-election. The Board shall name a chairman for the committee if it so chooses. The Nominating Committee may conduct its business electronically or by phone.

(a) The Election Oversight Committee shall receive nominations of candidates from eligible members of the Club. The Committee will vet out the nominees and confirm that they wish to run for the position. In order to qualify to be a candidate as an Officer or Director, the person must be a member in good standing for at least two (2) years and able to meet that office’s requirements The committee shall then submit its slate of candidates to the Secretary, who shall publicly post the list, including the full name of each candidate and the name of the state in which he or she resides, to allow each member of the Club to view it on or before April 1st, so that additional nominations may be made by the members if they so desire.
(b) Additional nominations of eligible members may be made by written petition addressed to the Chair of the oversight committee and postmarked on or before March 5th, signed by two members and accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his willingness to be a candidate
(c) If no valid additional nominations are submitted for a position, the Election Oversight Committee's slate shall be declared elected and no balloting will be required.
(d) If one or more valid additional nominations are postmarked on or before March 5th, the Secretary (or an independent professional firm designated by the Board) shall, on or before March 15th, post publicly on the club website a ballot listing all of the nominees for each position in alphabetical order, with the names of the states in which they reside, and a résumé (500 words or less) submitted by the candidate. The Secretary shall mail a ballot together with a blank envelope and a return envelope addressed to the Secretary (or designated professional firm) marked "Ballot" and bearing the name of the member to whom it was sent. So that the ballots may remain secret, each voter, after marking their ballot, shall seal it in the blank envelope, which in turn shall be placed in the second envelope addressed to the Chair of the Oversight Committee (or designated professional firm) and mailed in, post marked on or before April 1st. The inspectors of election (or designated professional firm) shall check the returns against the list of members whose dues are paid for the current year prior to opening the outer envelopes, remove the blank envelopes, and shall certify the eligibility of the voters as well as the results of the voting, which shall be announced no later than April 15. In the event that the Secretary position is up for election, the ballots may not be sent out by this office, but from a member of the Oversight committee.
(e) Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided above.


ARTICLE V

Deputies & Committees

Section 1

Each year the Directors will appoint deputies or committees and their chairs to advance the work of the Club in such matters needed. The Board may at anytime commission additional committees to progress the advancement of the Club and breed or reassign current, secondary committees. All deputies and committees will be overseen and governed by a Director, which are in charge of day-to-day decisions. The Committee Chair or Deputy is to keep its overseeing Director fully apprised of the deputies/committees’ inner workings and direction. Such committees/deputies shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. Committees/Deputies are required to present a written, quarterly report to its respective Director who in turn will present it to the full BOD for discussion and approval. After which, the report will be filed with the Secretary. No committee or deputy may create or carry new policy without the full BOD approval by majority vote. Special committees or deputies may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular projects. Appointees must be members in good standing.

Section 2

Any committee or deputy appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full Board, and the Board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated. Appointees may be terminated from their assigned committee for dereliction of duties or for being overly contentious.

ARTICLE VI


Discipline

Section 1 - Charges

Any member may bring charges against a follow member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed with the Secretary, together with a deposit of $50, which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board or a committee following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to the relevant Director. The Director will attempt to arbitrate a solution between the two parties. If after 20 days of the receipt of the charges there is no resolution, the Member that is bringing the charges may request that the BOD consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the Breed. If the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or of the Breed, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction for the charges, it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board or a committee of not less than three members of the Board, not less than three weeks or more that six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by certified mail, together with a notice of the hearing, an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense, and an acceptance for bringing witnesses on his or her behalf.

Section 2 - Board Hearing

The Board of Directors or Board committee, of not less than 5 directors shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Board or Board committee may by a majority vote of those present reprimand or suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club. Suspension may not last longer than 3 calendar years. If the BOD feels that a permanent expulsion is deserved, they must submit it to the membership for a vote. Immediately after the Board or Board committee has reached a decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the decision and penalty, if any.

ARTICLE VII
Amendments

Section 1

Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20% of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

Section 2

The constitution and bylaws may be amended at any time, provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Secretary to each member in good standing on the date of mailing, accompanied by a ballot on which a choice for or against the action to be taken shall be indicated. Dual-envelope procedures described in Article IV, Section 4(d) shall be followed in handling such ballots, to assure secrecy of the vote. Notice with such ballot shall specify a date not less than 30 days after the date postmarked, by which date the ballots must be returned to the Secretary to be counted. The favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing who return valid ballots within the time limit shall be required to effect any such amendment.

Section 3

Amendments to the Standard shall be proposed by the Show and Evaluation Director, or by the President, to the BOD and voted on at the meeting immediately following. Amendments must be in writing, and aligned with the purposes of the AGCA.


ARTICLE VIII
Dissolution

Section 1

The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 3/4 of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the Club, other than for purposes of reorganization, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members of the Club, but after payment of the debts of the Club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs, as selected by the Board of Directors

ARTICLE IX
Order of Business

Section 1

At meetings of the Club, the order of business so far as
the character and nature of the meeting may permit shall be as
follows:

Roll Call

Minutes of the last Meeting

Report of President

Report of Secretary

Report of Treasurer

Report of Directors

Unfinished Business

Election of Officers and Board (annual meeting)

New Business

Adjournment

Section 2. At meetings of the Board, the order of business; unless
otherwise directed by a majority vote of those present; shall be as
follows:

Reading of Minutes of last meeting

Report of Secretary

Report of Treasurer

Report of Deputies & Delegate

Report of Committees

Unfinished Business

Election of new members

New Business

Adjournment

ARTICLE X

Section 1

All meetings and parliamentary procedures shall be
conducted in accordance with the latest edition of "Roberts Rules of
Order", unless this is in conflict with the requirements of this Constitution and By-Laws or applicable law, in which case the Constitution and By-Laws or applicable law shall take precedence.

Section 2

In the event that any performance is required by the By-Laws to occur on a weekend or legal holiday, such performance shall be deemed in compliance if it occurs on or before the next date that is not a weekend or legal holiday.



Code of Ethics

Section 1

The following Code of Ethics is attached to and made a part of the AGCA By-Laws.

Section 2

I, as a member of the AGCA, agree to abide by the rules set forth before me on this Code of Ethics and the previously mentioned By-Laws. First and foremost are the welfare of the Armenian Gampr and the integrity of the Club and its members. I realize that any violation of the Code of Ethics or the By-Laws is grounds for expulsion or suspension from the privileges of the Club.
(a) I will strive to keep the Armenian Gampr purebred and will not knowingly breed the Armenian Gampr to any other breed of dog, except for the improvement and/or genetic soundness of another closely related breed, with approval of the Board at the annual meeting.
(b) I will not knowingly falsify any papers or documents, such as health records and registration papers, vital to the regulations records, show records, or other aspects of the Club.
(c) I will recognize and accept the AGCA as the official breed club of the Armenian Gampr in the U.S. If breeding a litter, I agree to provide proper paperwork in a timely manner, but no longer than 6 months, unless so stated in the purchase contract, and to mark each pet quality pup as limited registration on the puppy registration form.
(d) I will never breed a bitch that is under 20 months of age, or a dog that is under 18 months of age.
(e) I will provide adequate food and shelter, proper health care, and companionship for all of my dogs.
(f) I will make every effort to rehome or take back any dogs I have bred and that cannot stay with the owner who received them from me. I will act as a resource for those who buy puppies from me, and when I don’t have the ability to help the buyer, I will refer the owner to an appropriate Director or Board Member.

(g) I will not sell dogs or puppies to pet shops or dog brokers.
(h) I will not misrepresent my dogs to anyone, either by temperament, working ability, or soundness.
(i) I will always breed as close to the AGCA Standard as possible. I will not breed dogs that have serious faults, which would be detrimental to the health and welfare of the breed, including temperament flaws.
(j) I will conduct myself in a sportsmanship manner at all dog shows and functions; and will act as a true representative for the breed and the Club.
(k) I will not be involved in or use my dogs for any illegal activity.
(l) I will not make accusations or try to discredit other breeders, exhibitors or AGCA members to anyone but the AGCA Club Officers directly.

(m) If I sell a puppy as sound, but the puppy is found later to have a genetic fault, the buyer is entitled to either a replacement or a refund. The solution will be mutually agreed upon by the buyer, myself, and if appropriate, by the Board of the AGCA.