2nd DRAFT REVISED BYLAWS CONSTITUTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BOERBOEL BREEDERS’ SOCIETY (SABBS)

Registered as a breeders society in terms of the provisions of the Animal Improvement Act,

No 62 of 1998, Registration Number 62/98/B-68

For release to SABBS members in conjunction with the 2nd Draft Revised Constitution on 23 March 2015. Comments and proposals for consideration by the Steering Committee must reach the SABBS Office (office@sabbs.org) before 7 April 2015. Thereafter, 3rd revisions of both will be presented to SABBS members for voting and ratification by a general meeting of members during June/July at the latest.

BYLAW A: RECORDING AND REGISTRATION

1. BIRTH NOTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION

1.1 The Society shall keep records in the name of each breeder of all puppies born – whether born dead or alive – whose births have been duly notified by the relevant breeder and of such other details as may be determined by the Society. Birth Notifications (litter announcements) are recorded free of charge.

1.2 No Birth Notification/Application for Birth Registration of a dog shall be accepted, unless the dam and sire are registered with the Society.

1.3 Birth Notifications/Applications for Birth Registrations of puppies must be submitted under the prefix (stud/kennel name) of the owner of the mother – irrespective of who is the breeder of the mother (refer to Bylaw C1).

1.4 The breeder of a dog born from registered parents shall submit to the Office an Application for Birth Registrations within the prescribed timeframe, and pay the prescribed fee. Applications received after the prescribed date shall be accepted, subject to the approval of the Board and on payment of a late registration fee, as may be determined by the Board.

1.5 DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels. For the registration of their offspring, it is compulsory for:
a) All breeding dogs (male and female).
b) Dogs on the Stud Register.
c) Dogs on the Development (Annexure) Register.

2. BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The Birth Certificate is the document issued by the Society to the breeder after the Application for Birth Registration has been processed and verified.

3. REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
To have your Boerboel appraised for full registration, the dog must have a *valid Birth Certificate, and in the case of a re-appraisal, the Registration Certificate. This must be handed in at the administration table when enrolling for the appraisal.
Definition: *Valid Birth Certificate/Registration Certificate means that the documentation must be acceptable to SABBS, e.g. that the dog’s origins can be traced.

3.1 Alterations or additions to Registration Certificates

Any alteration or addition to the essential information or particulars officially recorded on any Registration Certificate, which has not been initialled by the Secretary or any unauthorised endorsement or remark on such certificate bearing upon the essential information or particulars contained therein, shall render such certificate invalid.

3.2 Duplicate or replacement of Registration Certificates

The Society may issue a duplicate or replacement of any Registration Certificate issued by the Society, which has been mislaid, mutilated or lost, provided that such application shall be made by the person in whose name the dog concerned was last registered, and provided further that a bona fide owner who is in possession of the dog may apply to the Board to have such dog registered in his name, should it not be possible to trace the registered owner.

3.3 Cancellation of Registration Certificates and reinstatement of Boerboels

3.3.1 The Board may direct the Secretary to cancel the registration and to notify the breeder or owner accordingly of any Boerboel which has:
a) been birth recorded or registered by mistake;
b) been birth recorded or registered on the strength of false or fraudulent information supplied by the owner;
c) been birth recorded or registered after the owner has failed to comply with the requirements of any relevant Bylaw;
d) failed to meet the minimum requirements of the Breed Standard during an appraisal by an appraiser appointed by the Society or
e) been disqualified by a senior appraiser in the appraisal ring.

3.3.2 A Registration Certificate of a Boerboel issued by the Society shall be returned to the Society for cancellation and/or endorsement within 60 (sixty) days after the dog’s death, culling, or other circumstances requiring the certificate’s cancellation or endorsement in terms of the Constitution of the Society.

3.3.3 In the event of the Registration Certificate of a live Boerboel having been cancelled, such dog may be reinstated in the records of the Society on recommendation of the Board only, provided that the application for the reinstatement is made by the person who applied for the cancellation of the Registration Certificate or, in the case of his death, the person legally in possession of the dog. The reinstatement of any such dog shall be effected upon payment of such fee as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

3.4. Certificates of extended pedigree
A member may apply to the Secretary for a certificate of extended pedigree in respect of a Boerboel and the Secretary shall issue such certificate. Every such application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

4. ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION

4.1 If your Boerboel has a valid Birth Certificate, and attains the minimum score of 75%, the dog will be entered onto the Registration Register, and a Registration Certificate will be issued to you via the Office.

4.2 If the dog does not attain the 75% requirement, it will be not be eligible for registration, but may be taken up in the Pet Register (refer to Bylaw B.6).

4.3 A dog that does not comply with the Minimum Breed Standard, as determined by the Society, shall not be eligible for registration (refer to “Breed Standard” in Clause 3 and “Disqualification” in Subclause 3.3 of the Main Constitution).

4.4 SABBS will accept documentation and appraisal scores of dogs registered with other organisations provided the dogs’ origins are known to SABBS. In addition, buyers and breeders who buy dogs registered with other organisations or who use males for servicing must ensure under all circumstances that such dogs and their offspring will be registerable with SABBS.
The following conditions will apply:

4.4.1 Dogs with Registration Certificates:
a) The owner must be a SABBS member.
b) Dogs’ Registration Certificates and appraisal scores will be accepted, provided their pedigrees are known to SABBS.
c) Dogs do not have to be reappraised, unless required for linear classification.
d) Dogs must be microchipped.
e) DNA profiles of the dogs must be submitted with the Registration Certificates.

4.4.2 Dogs with Birth Certificates:
a) The owner must be a SABBS member.
b) Birth Certificates of dogs born before 2 September 2014 will be accepted, provided their pedigrees are known to SABBS.
c) Dogs must be microchipped.
d) DNA profiles of both parents must be submitted.

4.4.3 Birth registrations of puppies born after 2 September 2014:
a) The breeder must be a SABBS member.
b) The parents of the puppy must be registered with SABBS.
c) The puppy must be microchipped.
d) DNA profiles of both parents must be submitted.
e) A birth notification fee per puppy will be payable.
f) If the puppy is older than 120 days on submission of the birth notification, an additional fee per puppy will be payable. Visit www.sabbs.org.za or contact office@sabbs.org for the relevant fees.

4.4.4 Dogs registered with KUSA only:
SABBS will consider registration of so-called KUSA dogs on merit, which will include among others, that the pedigrees must be known to SABBS; confirmation of the parents by DNA profiles; and that the dogs have been microchipped.

4.5 A Boerboel may be presented for appraisal from the age of 12 months. However, it is recommended that the dog be a bit older. The recommended age is ±18 months. In remote areas where there are infrequent appraisals, application may be made to the Board for the appraisal of a dog from the age of 10 months, and provided that the senior Appraiser views the dog as sufficiently grown/matured to be appraised.

4.6 Any dog of which the particulars supplied on the Birth Notification or accompanying certificates are open to question may, at the discretion of the Board, be refused registration.

4.7 No application for registration as a Boerboel shall be considered unless details of its birth have been recorded or are accepted, and
a) both its parents; or
b) its dam, in the case of a dog imported in utero or resulting from imported semen has been registered by the Society.

4.8 An imported dog, or one resulting from imported semen, shall be eligible for registration, provided that the requirements of the Constitution have been complied with.

4.9 An imported dog shall be eligible for registration, provided that the application for registration is accompanied by:
a) a certificate of registration or an export certificate issued by the Society (or body recognised by the Society and the Registering Authority) in the country of origin;
b) evidence to the effect that the dog concerned conforms to the Breed Standard, and other requirements as may be determined from time to time by the Society;
c) confirmation that:
i. the dog bears the permanent indelible identification marks, as recorded on the Registration or Export Certificate;
ii. the dog was sold and left the seller’s possession on the date stated and that the dog was shipped and/or transported into the country on the date stated; and
iii. the dog arrived on the applicant’s premises on the date stated.

5. IDENTIFICATION

5.1 Identification by microchipping
a) All live dogs of which the births are notified, and all dogs presented for registration, appraisal and transfer of ownership, must bear permanent identification. Such identification will be in the form of a microchip.
b) Microchipping shall be the Society’s official system of marking for the uniform and permanent identification of all Boerboels submitted for birth recording or registration in the Database of the Society.
c) Save for the compulsory and necessary microchipping of dogs as prescribed by the Society and required by legislation, any other identification mark on a dog, is prohibited.
d) The breeder shall be liable for the costs of microchips and insertion.
e) The Society shall not process the transfer of ownership of a dog, unless it is clearly identified.

5.2 Identification by names
a) In addition to the microchips, all dogs offered for registration, must be explicitly named.
b) The name must include the prefix (refer to Bylaw C.1) registered in favour of the breeder, and – exclusive of the prefix – must not exceed 20 characters.
c) The name of any dog, once accepted for recording of its birth, shall not thereafter be changed or amended, except when the name reflects an obvious error, in which event it shall be permissible to, subject to written motivation, amend the name only to the extent of correcting the error.

BYLAW B: BOERBOEL DATABASE AND REGISTERS

1. DATABASE

1.1 The registration system of the Society shall consist of the Boerboel Database, and shall be maintained and operated on its behalf by a Registering Authority, appointed by the Society in terms of the Animal Improvement Act.

1.2 Animals shall only be taken up in the Boerboel Database after approval according to the Breed Standard as stipulated by the Board from time to time.

2. REGISTERS

The Boerboel Database is divided into * four main Registers:
a) Stud Book Proper Register (SP: Full registration)
b)Development Register:
i. Basic Section (BS)
ii. Annexure A (A)
iii. Annexure B (B)
c) Stud Register (SR: Elite group)
d) Pet Register (PET)
*Definitions: Stud Book Proper Register (SP) is for dogs with full registration.
*Stud Register (SR) is for the elite group of dogs that obtained appraisal scores of 85% and above, and that comply with the prescribed health testing.

3. STUD BOOK PROPER REGISTER (SP)

3.1 A dog shall be eligible for full registration and entry in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) after it has been appraised on individual merit and complies with the minimum requirements of the Breed Standard, and provided that:
a) it has a valid Birth Notification/Birth Certificate, and in the case of a re-appraisal, the Registration Certificate;
b) it has been microchipped;
c) the Birth Notification was submitted under the prefix (stud/kennel name) of the owner of the dam – irrespective of who is the breeder of the dam; and
d) it attained the minimum appraisal score of 75% at a SABBS appraisal.

3.2 The progeny of a Stud Book Proper Register (SP) dog mated to an SP dog shall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP), provided that they had been appraised at 75% or more and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Stud Book Proper Register.

3.3 The progeny of an Annexure B dog mated to an Annexure B or SP dog shall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP), provided that they have been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) and Development Registers.

3.4 Requirements for full registration

3.4.1 DNA profiles must be submitted for all breeding dogs (male and female) for the registration of their offspring.

3.4.2 SABBS recommends that breeders use a dog in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) when breeding with a Development Register dog.

The table below sets out the development stages for the Development Register:
development register

4 DEVELOPMENT REGISTER: Basic (BS), Annexure A and Annexure B (Developing dogs)

4.1 Requirements

4.1.1 The Board may consider the merits of an application by the owner of a dog – where the required documentation is incomplete or non-existent – for inclusion in the Development Register, provided that:
a) The dog presents with the conformation, type and temperament of the breed, conform to the Breed Standard and is appraised at a minimum of 80%.
b) The progeny of the dog may be included in the Development Register if they also receive a minimum score of 80% during the development stages.
c) The progeny of the dog that have passed through the development stages may be entered into the Stud Book Proper Register (SP: full registration) if they are appraised at no less than 85%. If this percentage is not attained, they shall remain in the Development Register.

4.1.2 Dogs entering the Development Register must have microchips, have been DNA profiled and health tested to meet the following standards:
a) Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinary institutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 1 or better is the criterion for acceptance in the register for developing dogs. A standard VH examination report is available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org.
b) Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify that the dog (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1 or an FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1 maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA and other classification requirements.
c) The Boerboel must have been assessed by a SABBS appraiser as having either correct (+) or acceptable (o) for its eyelids.

4.1.3 Dogs in the Development Register shall not be eligible for entry in the Stud Register.

4.2 Development Register: Basic Section Register (BS)
Subject to the discretion of the appraiser, and confirmation by the Board, dogs shall be accepted in the Basic Section (BS) as Basic dogs on application, provided they meet with all other requirements pertaining to the Development Register.

4.3 Development Register: Annexure A
The progeny of a Basic dog mated to a Basic, Annexure A, B (Developing dogs) or SP (full registration) dog shall be eligible for registration in the Annexure A Register, provided that they had been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Development Registers.

4.4 Annexure Register B
The progeny of an Annexure A dog mated to an Annexure A, B or SP dog, shall be eligible for registration in the Annexure B Register, provided that they have been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Annexure Register.

4.5 Appraisal of Development Register dogs

4.5.1 Dogs that did not attain the minimum score of 80% and 85% respectively, may at any time be presented for re-appraisal again.

4.5.2 Progeny of Development Register dogs that did not attain the minimum appraisal score shall not be registered.

5 STUD REGISTER (SR: Elite group of dogs)

5.1 When a Boerboel attains a score of 85% or higher at an appraisal it may be taken up in the Stud Register, provided that the owner forwards the following original certificates to the SABBS Office as proof that the dog complies with these prescribed health test requirements:
a) Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinary institutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 1 or better is the criterion for acceptance in the Stud Register. A standard VH examination report is available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org.
b) Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify that the Boerboel (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1 or an FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1 maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA and other classification requirements.
c) The Boerboel must have been assessed by a SABBS appraiser as having either correct (+) or acceptable (o) for its eyelids.

5.2 DNA profiles are required for all Stud Register dogs.

6 PET REGISTER (PET)

6.1 A dog that attains a score less than 75% at a SABBS appraisal shall not be eligible for SABBS registration and/or breeding purposes, but may be taken up in the Pet Register (PET).

6.2 SABBS shall record dogs that were disqualified (for whatever reason) in the PET Register (refer to the Main Constitution, Subclause 3.3 “Disqualification”). The offspring of such dogs will never be registered.

6.3 A registered Boerboel that is sold with the intention of, or on condition that it should not be used for breeding, shall be recorded in the Pet Register. This Register is a safeguard for the breeder should the new owner nothonour such agreement. SABBS also needs this information for recording purposes.

6.4 Castrated males, or dogs born as monorchids or cryptorchids and sterilised females, may be taken up in the Pet Register if the owners want their dogs to be appraised.

6.5 Dogs in the Pet Register shall not be allowed in the show ring.

BYLAW C: REQUIREMENTS FOR BREEDERS

All SABBS breeder members shall undertake to abide by the Code of Conduct relating to responsible breeding practices (refer to Bylaw G 1 and 2).
DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels, and are compulsory for all breeding dogs (male and female) for the registration of their offspring, and for dogs in the Stud and Development Registers.

1. APPLICATION FOR A PREFIX
1.1 To register as a breeder, the member must at least own one SABBS’ registered female and must apply for the allocation of a prefix (stud or kennel name). Six suggested names must be provided for prefix registration on the application form, which is available from the Office (refer to Bylaw A 5.2 (b) as well).

1.2 No dog shall be accepted for registration unless the breeder has previously, through the Society, registered for his exclusive use, a prefix by which all dogs bred by him and eligible for registration shall be designated, and identified.

1.3 No prefix shall exceed 18 characters. The name of a city, town or post office shall not be accepted for registration as a prefix. The prefix must not exceed three spaces and must consist only of different letters.

1.4 Application for the registration of such prefix must be made to the Secretary and must be accompanied by such fee as may be prescribed by the Board from time to time.

1.5 No transfer of a prefix shall be allowed from one breeder to another, except under such conditions and to such persons as provided for in the Constitution.

2. CONFIRMATION OF PARENTAGE

2.1 DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels. For the registration of their offspring, it is compulsory for:
a) all breeding dogs (male and female);
b) dogs on the Stud Register and
c) dogs on the Development Register.

2.2 In order to confirm the parentage of a dog, the Society shall have the right to insist on DNA or any other proven scientific method of confirming parentage at any time:
a) as a routine procedure, on a basis to be determined by the Society from time to time; and
b) in any case of doubt.

2.3 In respect of the tests referred to in Section 2.1 above the breeder shall be responsible for all costs of all parentage control tests.

2.4 In respect of the tests referred to in Section 2.2 above the Board shall be responsible for the costs thereof should the tests be positive. If only one animal should prove to be negative, the owner shall be liable to pay for the tests and the costs of such further tests required by the Board.

2.5 Breeders must ensure that applications for Birth Certificates (refer to Bylaw A.2) are completed correctly and in full. It must include the ID, microchip numbers, and DNA profiles of the parents, as well as the microchip numbers of the puppies.

3. REFUSAL OF APPLICATIONS

3.1 In the case of progeny begotten from a female mated to different males or inseminated with semen from different males at consecutive oestrus periods within 28 (twenty-eight) days, the Society shall refuse registration unless the male parentage of all puppies is confirmed by means of DNA profiles.

3.2 The Society may refuse to accept applications from any person who has intentionally supplied false, inaccurate or misleading information or who has negligently failed to supply any information or particulars which was his duty to supply within a reasonable time.

3.3 Whenever the Society has refused to accept applications from any person, it may, in addition cancel any or all previous entries made in the database on behalf of such person.

3.4 The Society shall not take any action under Sections 3.2 and 3.3 above, except after an investigation commissioned by the Board.

BYLAW D: TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

1.TRANSFER OF DOGS

1.1 For the purpose of this Bylaw “transfer” means any transaction whereby any person acquires the right to sole ownership of a dog, or to any share or additional share of the ownership of a dog, and the relinquishment of any share in the ownership of such dog.

1.2 Any seller who transfers sole ownership of a dog, or part ownership in a dog, must within 30 (thirty) days of the date of such transfer, furnish the Society with the
a) Registration Certificate of the dog concerned, with the details of the transfer duly completed on the Transfer of Ownership form (visit www.sabbs.org or contact office@sabbs.org)
b) prescribed fee as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

1.3 In the case of sole ownership, the date of transfer shall be deemed to be the date on which the animal left the seller’s possession.

1.4 If the animal to be transferred is a
a) pregnant female, the seller must, together with his application for transfer, furnish the Office with a Service (Mating) Certificate (refer to Bylaw E) specifying the owner of the sire as well as the name, identification number and registration number of the sire with whom she was mated together with the service dates, or of the sire with whose semen she was inseminated, and the insemination date/s, whichever the case may be. The seller must in addition furnish the buyer with a copy of such certificate;
b) recipient-female, the application for transfer must be accompanied by the pre-printed application for registration referred to in Bylaw A: Recording and Registration, and other certificates in compliance with Bylaw E: Matings.

1.5 Should the seller for any reason whatsoever fail or refuse to take any steps to effect such transfer, including failing or refusing to deliver the original Registration Certificate and should a bona fide buyer be willing to pay such fees as may be laid down by the Board, the buyer may make application to the Board to effect the transfer.

1.6 No alteration to an already recorded transfer date shall be effected unless an application to that effect, duly signed by the buyer and the seller concerned is made to the Society.

1.7 The Society shall not process the transfer of ownership of a dog, if it does not bear the prescribed identification mark.

2. EXPORT AND IMPORT OF DOGS OR SEMEN
The Boerboel is a declared landrace of South Africa, and the Animal Improvement Act stipulates that the Registrar of Animal Improvement MUST issue permits for the export and import of all landrace animals and genetic material (semen, ova and embryos). He will grant such permits on recommendation of SABBS and Stud Book only, and will certify on the relevant application form whether the animals/genetic material meet with the requirements (refer to Bylaw E 2.3: Artificial Insemination).

2.1 Applications to export or import dogs or semen must be submitted in triplicate (refer to 2.2.1 below) via the Society, together with the prescribed fee. The Society shall forward two copies together with its recommendation, and the required documents reflecting the details referred to in Section 2.2 below to the Registering Authority. The Registering Authority shall in turn submit one copy with its recommendation to the Registrar.

2.2 The Board shall determine minimum requirements for the export and import of dogs and semen in terms of Subclause 9(s) of the Constitution, and no such export or import shall be recommended by the Society, unless the said requirements are complied with.

2.2.1 Procedure:

a) Exporters must complete the form Application to Export/Import: Animals/Embryos/Ova/Semen (visit www.sabbs.org or contact office@sabbs.org)
b) The information required includes:
i. Names and addresses of the exporter and buyer.
ii. Stud (kennel) name and name, registration number, microchip number and sex of the dog.
iii. Certification/approval of the application by SABBS.
c) The Birth Certificate of the animal to be exported must be attached.
d) A health certificate from the State Veterinarian must be attached.
e) Contact the Head Office for the Registrar’s fee per export permit and for conversion rates. Payment must accompany the application form on submission to the Registrar.

2.3 Only imported dogs and dogs resulting from the import of semen that comply with the minimum requirements referred to above and the requirements of the Constitution, shall be eligible for registration (refer to Bylaw E 2.3: Artificial Insemination).

3. CO-OWNERSHIP OF BOERBOELS
When a dog is transferred to co-ownership, the full name and address of each owner must be submitted to the Society.

4. CONCEPT SALES AGREEMENT
SABBS strongly advises members and prospective owners to enter into written contractual agreements in their capacity as Sellers or Buyers of Boerboels. A concept Sales Agreement is available at www.sabbs.org or from office@sabbs.org as a guideline for members who do not have such agreement in place, and should be adapted according to specific transactions. The Codes of Conduct for SABBS members and breeders (refer to Bylaws G.1 and G2) to which all members must subscribe, serves as reference for acceptable conduct in respect of all transactions.
Should a dispute arise between the Buyer and the Seller, SABBS will take it for granted that the parties have entered into a written Sales Agreement (based on these guidelines).

BYLAW E: MATINGS

1. GESTATION PERIOD
The gestation period is approximately 63 (sixty-three) days. A whelping within less than 59 (fifty nine) days or exceeding 70 (seventy) days shall be cause for an enquiry by the Society.

2. RULES GOVERNING MATINGS

2.1 Natural matings
The mating of two registered dogs with the intent to register their progeny must be undertaken in the following manner:
a) A Service (Mating) Certificate (available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org) must be completed by the breeder and be signed by the owners of both parents of the litter if
i. the sire does not belong to the breeder or
ii. should the breeder use frozen semen.
b) The owner of the Boerboel female must submit the Service (Mating) Certificate together with the Birth Notifications to the Office.
c) A copy of the aforesaid certificate must be made available to the breeder who must file the document on a permanent basis.
d) To prevent misunderstandings, it is recommended that “Special Arrangements” (if any) be signed by both parties at the outset.
e) Both the sire’s and dam’s prefixes, names, identification and registration numbers and other designation marks shall be included on the Service (Mating) Certificate as well as the dates of service or insemination.
f) SABBS urges breeders to not breed dilute/powder dogs to each other, as well as piebalds to piebalds.
g) It is strongly recommended that non-appraised Boerboels should not be used for breeding.

2.2 Multi-sired matings
Irrespective of the provisions of 2.3.1 below, where different sires are used for the supply of semen for the artificial insemination of the same female, no resultant progeny shall be eligible for registration unless the male parentage of all puppies has been confirmed by a parentage control test, approved of by the Board.

2.3 Artificial insemination (A.I.)

2.3.1 All dogs begotten through A.I. shall be eligible for registration or recording, provided that all requirements of the Act and the Constitution have been complied with.

2.3.2 All puppies begotten through frozen semen must be DNA tested. No Birth Notification/application for registration shall be accepted for the purpose of registration or recording unless it is endorsed “Begotten by A.I.”

2.3.3 The Society reserves the right through its officers to supervise and/or inspect the keeping of records in connection with A.I. by its members.

2.3.4 The Society and the Registering Authority reserve the right to refuse to register the progeny resulting from A.I. should any of these rules not be fully adhered to.

2.3.5 Breeders who enjoy the privileges of the registration of Boerboels under the provisions of the Constitution, may apply for registration of progeny begotten by A.I., provided that the semen is obtained from a source approved by the Society, and provided further that the collection of semen, the handling thereof, the insemination of the dogs and the maintenance of records shall be effected in such manner as may be duly approved by the Society from time to time.

2.3.6 The Society confirms the right of breeders, subject to the provisions of the Act, to collect, freeze and store the semen of their own sires for use on their own dams, and progeny resulting from the use of such semen shall be eligible for registration, provided that:
a) complete details of the ownership of the sire concerned have been submitted to the Society;
b) the official DNA laboratory number of the sire has been submitted to the Society;
c) the collection and storage of the semen have been carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Act; and
d) all requirements of the Constitution in respect of birth notifications and registrations are complied with.

2.3.7 In the case of a transfer of ownership a sire (other than one approved for the collection of semen in terms of the Act) from which semen has been collected, frozen and stored, the application for the transfer of such sire must be accompanied by a certificate signed by the seller indicating the number of doses of semen stored at the date of transfer. Applications must be addressed to the office.

3 FROZEN SEMEN: COLLECTION AND STORAGE

3.1 Only persons registered with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry may collect semen for storage or export/import.

3.2 The form – Application to Export/Import: Animals/Embryos/Ova/Semen (available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org) must be used for approval of an animal for the collection of genetic material.

3.3 Applications must comply with the requirements of the Act, with specific reference to:
a) Art 8 (1) (a) (b);
b) Art 8 (6) (a) (b) (c);
c) Art 8 (8)
d) and the whole Art 16.

3.4 Submit applications for approval to SABBS, and forwarding to the Registrar. Application forms must be accompanied by:
a) Proof of payment to the Registrar of the relevant fee. Contact Head Office for confirmation of the applicable fee and currency conversions.
b) An extended pedigree of the animal concerned.
c) DNA profile certificate – as required by the Society – confirming parentage or individual identification. If the semen were collected and not DNA tested prior to SABBS becoming operational, it must be tested, as SABBS will only register offspring if there is DNA of both parents on record;
d) SABBS’ certification of the pedigree of the dog (as required by Section 15(3)(a) of the Act.

3.5 On receipt of the required documentation, the Registrar will:
a) verify the information received from the Society, and
b) notify the applicant to arrange for the examination of dog concerned by a veterinarian for the issuing of a certificate required in terms of Section 7(4)(a) of the Act.

3.6 The Office of the Society must be informed of all semen in storage (including semen collected prior to SABBS becoming operational) for use at a later date. This will facilitate the registration process of the offspring.

BYLAW F: APPRAISALS

1. GENERAL

1.1 Appraisals are organised under the auspices of SABBS.

1.2 Official appraisal days are presented throughout the year. Visit www.sabbs.org or contact office@sabbs.org for information on appraisal dates, venues and contact persons.

1.3 The Board of SABBS must approve the number of appraisal days that may be organised per year in each region or country.

1.4 Any member of SABBS may request an appraisal day to be arranged, but only a Board member or a designated regional representative may organise such an event.

1.5 A minimum of 15 dogs must enrol for appraisal in order to justify an appraisal venue.

1.6 It is the responsibility of the Board member or a designated representative to arrange the attendance of a senior appraiser. An appraisal can only take place with the presence of a senior appraiser.

1.7 The person responsible for organising the appraisal must inform the web editor and the Office in good time of the starting times and directions to the venue.

1.8 The organiser is responsible for covering all the costs of an appraisal, unless – by prior arrangement – the Executive Committee has agreed to cover additional costs.

1.9 Members may advertise their stud or dogs at appraisal venues, provided they have the permission of the person organising the event, and there is no conflict with any other appraisal venue arrangements.

1.10 Boerboel puppies may only be offered for sale at SABBS appraisal venues after the Board member or designated representative granted permission and if both parents of the litter are SABBS registered dogs. The senior appraiser must inspect the puppies to determine if they are of an acceptable quality before granting/denying permission for them to be offered for sale at the venue.

1.11 The official sponsor of the Society may display advertising material and products at all appraisals.

1.12 The organiser may accept commercial advertising at appraisals on prepayment, or for services rendered, provided that the products advertised are not in competition with the products of the official sponsor, unless otherwise agreed with the official sponsor.

All dogs presented at any appraisal must be accustomed to walking on a leash, and be kept on leash in all public areas.

2. TYPES OF APPRAISALS

SABBS offers six appraisal options (described under the following numbers in the ensuing sections):

2.1 Standard appraisal.
2.2 Re-appraisal.
2.3 Appraisal on appeal.
2.4 Special appraisal.
2.5 Appraisal tour and en route appraisal.
2.6 Video appraisal.

In addition, owners may request an evaluation prior to any appraisal to see if their dog has developed satisfactorily. This shall be granted if the senior Appraiser has time to do evaluations. In the case of a re-appraisal, the appraiser may study the Registration Certificate/appraisal chart to give his opinion, but may not use this during the actual appraisal process afterwards.

2.1 Standard appraisal (also applicable to appraisal tours)

For an appraisal day to run smoothly, certain activities shall take place in chronological order

Dogs may be presented for appraisal from the age of 12 months. However, it is recommended that the dog be a bit older. The recommended age is ±18 months. In remote areas, where there are infrequent appraisals, application may be made to the Board for the appraisal of a dog from the age of 10 months, and provided the senior appraiser views the dog as sufficiently grown/matured to be appraised.

2.1.1 Boerboel owners
a) On arrival at the appraisal venue, the owner must, if possible, leave the dog in his vehicle/dog trailer or in someone else’s care, while he enrols at the administration table.
b) The owner must hand in the dog’s Birth Notification/Certificate, and in the case of a re-appraisal, the Registration Certificate. All dogs presented for appraisal must have microchips, and inoculation certificates must be available on request.
c) The owner must pay the required fee, as set out and reviewed by the Board from time to time.
d) Once all documentation has been completed, a number is allocated to the owner for each of his dogs that are to be appraised.
e) Once the appraisal commences, the dogs are called to the appraisal in chronological order.
f) The organiser shall verify the dog’s microchip number prior to it entering the ring.
g) In order for the required scrutiny to take place, the owner must lead the dog around the appraisal ring, and may only come to a halt when asked to do so by an appraiser.
h) Once the assessment has been completed, the appraisal chart is handed to the administration table for the points to be tallied.
i) On completion of the appraisal, the owner and the dog must wait outside the ring until the final report has been compiled, and – time permitting – commentary has been given about the dog.
j) Immediately thereafter the owner must remove the dog from the appraisal activities and put it in safekeeping, following which a copy of the appraisal chart may be collected from the administration table.
k) All appraisal results shall become official only after verification and scrutiny of the required documents by the Head Office. No appraisal results shall be released in case of any outstanding documentation or information or payment of the prescribed fees.
l) A dog that attains the minimum score of 75% at a SABBS appraisal shall be entered onto the Stud Book Proper register (SP), (refer to Bylaw B.3) and a Registration Certificate shall be issued to the owner via the Head Office.
m)A dog that attains a score less than 75% at a SABBS appraisal, shall not be eligible for SABBS registration for breeding purposes and registration of their offspring, but may be taken up in the Pet Register (PET) (refer to Bylaw B.6).
n)A dog that attains 85% or higher at a SABBS appraisal is eligible for entry in the Stud Register (SR), subject to certain conditions (refer to Bylaw B.5).
o) If an owner is dissatisfied with the appraisal result, he may lodge an appeal (refer to Section 2.3 below: Appraisal on appeal).
p) The Society expects of owners and accompanying persons to conduct themselves in a manner that is not an embarrassment to either themselves, SABBS or the Boerboel.

All dogs presented at any appraisal must be accustomed to walking on a leash, and be kept on leash in all public areas.

2.1.2 Procedures at appraisal days
a) On arrival at the appraisal venue, all the necessary administrative arrangements must be made in order for the event to proceed speedily and smoothly.
b) The Board member or organiser in charge of the particular appraisal day welcomes all those present, and makes any other announcements required, such as:
i. any messages of thanks that are necessary;
ii. description of the order of events and the appraisal process;
iii. any additional arrangements or activities;
iv. the availability of refreshments;
v. location of toilet facilities; and
vi. the introduction of all the appraisers and/or other SABBS officials.
c) The senior appraiser and other appraiser(s) enter the appraisal ring.
d) Dogs are called to the ring according to their numbers, and their microchip numbers are checked.
e) The appraiser(s) may confer and discuss the dog in the ring with the senior appraiser at any time, in order for the dog to attain the most appropriate point that it deserves.
f) The senior appraiser takes the final decision regarding a point, and informs the appraiser(s) accordingly.
g) Only the senior appraiser completes the appraisal chart.
h) All appraisers that are present in the ring sign the appraisal chart, record their respective membership numbers and hand the chart to the administration table.
i) The administrative staff computes the score of the dog that has been assessed, and hand a copy of the appraisal chart to the owner.
j) All activities and requirements regarding appraisal venues, as prescribed in other Bylaws to the Constitution, must be adhered to.

2.2 Re-appraisal

a) The owner is entitled to have the dog re-appraised at any time.
b) The appraisal fee is the same as that for a standard appraisal.
c) The previous score chart of a dog shall not be made available to the appraiser during a re-appraisal.
d) The highest appraisal score that a dog receives – be it at the original appraisal or at a re-appraisal – shall stand.

2.3 Appraisal on appeal

In the event that an owner is not satisfied with the assessment of his dog, he may lodge an appeal. The appeal procedure is as follows:
a) The appeal must be lodged immediately after the result concerning the particular dog has been made known with the Board member of his region/country, or the officially designated organiser of the particular appraisal.
b) The owner must explain the reason why he is dissatisfied. The owner must only point out the specific point(s) that he disagrees with.
c) If the Board member/organiser is of the opinion that the appeal has merit, he may arrange to have the dog re-appraised on the same day if there are two senior appraisers present, or alternatively at the next suitable appraisal.
d) The owner must pay the appraisal fee – an amount equivalent to that of a standard appraisal – at the administration table.
e) The score chart in dispute shall be made available to the senior appraisers for re-evaluation.
f) Should the appeal be upheld, the appraisal fee shall be refunded to the owner. If the appeal is denied, the owner shall forfeit the fee.
g) The score chart in dispute should be
h) The appeal score shall be the final score.
i) The owner may not institute any financial claims against SABBS.
j) If the appeal is denied, the Board member/organiser shall report the reasons to the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee for verification by the Board.

2.4 Special appraisal

a) The hosting of an appraisal event that was not scheduled on the official published annual programme of SABBS originally shall be considered in highly exceptional circumstances, and on merit only.
b) A request to organise a special appraisal day must be addressed to the Chairman or Vice-chairman and the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee via the relevant Board member or designated regional organiser.
c) A special appraisal day shall be arranged only with the approval of the Executive Committee, and in conjunction with the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee.
d) A special appraisal day must take place under the auspices of SABBS, and must be co-ordinated by the relevant Board member/regional representative, and the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee.
e) The event must be widely advertised at least 14 days prior to the date.
f) All requirements as set out under Standard appraisals must be adhered to.
g) If permission for a special appraisal day is granted, the applicant is responsible for all the costs associated with such event. This includes the travel and accommodation costs of the appraisers and officials in attendance, as well as the costs pertaining to the venue.
h) The appraisal fee is the same as that of a standard appraisal.

All dogs presented at any appraisal must be accustomed to walking on a leash, and be kept on leash in all public areas.

2.5 Appraisal tour and an en route appraisal

In remote areas where there are infrequent appraisals an owner may apply in writing to the relevant Board member/designated regional organiser and the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee to have his dogs appraised.
a) Approval of an application is subject to:
i. The Board member/designated regional organiser shall assist with the scheduling.
ii. The appraisal shall be en route to an officially scheduled and publicised appraisal, or an appraisal tour.
iii. The appraisal shall be done at a neutral venue (not on the premises/farm of the owner).
iv. If applicable, the owner shall be responsible for additional costs (e.g. fuel, meals, accommodation and the venue).
v. The en route appraisal or appraisal tour must be advertised in the SABBS programme and in the area at least two weeks before the event.
b) There is no limit on the number of dogs that may be presented for an en route appraisal.
c) The appraisal fee is the same as that of a standard appraisal.

All dogs presented at any appraisal must be accustomed to walking on a leash, and be kept on leash in all public areas.

2.6 Video appraisal

a) Video appraisals are only granted to and considered on merit to paid-up members in remote areas where there are no scheduled appraisals in a given year.
b) All dogs with valid Birth Certificates are eligible for a video appraisal.
c) Applications and motivations for video appraisals must be submitted by the owner via the relevant Board member/designated representative to the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal committee and for final approval by the Executive Committee.
d) The Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal committee shall provide the applicant with the relevant information regarding requirements, cost and format of the video appraisal on approval of the request.
e) No Appraisal Chart shall be completed. The dog is assigned the maximum score of 80% if there are no obvious traits to warrant disqualification. The score shall be recorded for registration purposes, and will remain valid.
f) Dogs in the final (exit) phase of the Development Register, requiring 85% for full registration, must be appraised physically.
g) The cost of video appraisals shall be determined by the Board.

3 APPRAISAL VENUES

3.1 Requirements
Appraisal venues shall meet the following requirements:
a) There must be sufficient helpers to deal with the various administrative tasks.
b) The responsible Board member/organiser must make the necessary arrangements to receive and provide information to the owners attending the appraisal.
c) The venue must have electrical supply. A sound system is a worthwhile addition.
d) The appraisal ring must be at least 6 to 10 metres wide.
e) The appraisal ring should preferably be positioned where there is sufficient natural light.
f) Sufficient tables and chairs must be provided.
g) Breeders/owners must provide water, shelter and a place for safekeeping for their dogs.
h) Refreshments and food must be provided for the appraisers, officials and the administrative staff.
i) Once the appraisal day is over, the responsible Board member/organiser must ensure that the venue is tidied and cleaned up.
j) No alcoholic beverages may be provided to any appraisers, officials or administrative staff at an appraisal.
k) Refreshments may be sold to the public and owners to recoup the expenses of hosting the event.

3.2 Administration

a) At least 4 (four) people are needed at the table to ensure that the administrative duties are handled in a professional way, i.e.
i. the enrolling of participants by filling out the Appraisal Record form;
ii. receiving Copies of Birth Notifications/Birth Certificates, and in the case of reappraisals, Registration Certificates;
iii. collecting moneys due as set by the Board from time to time (and issue official receipts as proof of payment) for entry for appraisals/re-appraisals, new memberships or annual membership fees;
iv. to tally the score sheets and
v. someone to check whether dogs have microchips prior to appraisal.
b) All funds collected must be reconciled at the end of the event, and be paid into SABBS’s banking account not later than the first Wednesday following the appraisal by the relevant Board member/organiser.
c) All documentation (certificates, results, financial reconciliation, etc.) must be forwarded to the Office within 1 (one) week after the appraisal by the relevant Board member/organiser.

4. APPRAISERS

There are three categories of appraisers.
4.1 Apprentice appraiser

a) Any member of the Society may apply to his designated Board member/representative and the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee to be trained as an apprentice appraiser.
b) An appraisers course must be attended first. The course covers theory as well as practical work. Applications must be lodged as stated in Item (a) above.
c) At the end of the course a written and a practical examination shall be completed.
d) Candidates who achieve 80% or more in respectively the theory and practical examinations may apply to the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee for further training as apprentice appraisers.
e) An apprentice appraiser accompanies a senior appraiser in the appraisal ring. During an appraisal of a dog, the apprentice appraiser observes what the senior appraiser and appraisers do. The apprentice appraiser may ask the senior appraiser questions. On completion of an appraisal, the apprentice appraiser also signs the appraisal chart, together with his membership number, and the notation Apprentice in brackets.
f) An apprentice appraiser must appraise at least 30 dogs at three different appraisal venues and in different regions in his first year, before applying to the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee to be tested as an appraiser.
g) Apprentice appraisers may not claim travel or accommodation costs.

4.2 Appraiser

a) Apprentice appraisers who have appraised 30 dogs or more at three different appraisal venues and in different regions in his first year, and who have a thorough knowledge of the Boerboel, the Breed Standard, the Constitution and the Society may apply to the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee to be tested as appraisers.
b) A written examination must be completed. He shall also be required to complete a practical test – three dogs must be assessed and then discussed with the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee.
c) The apprentice appraiser may be promoted to appraiser status if 80% was acquired in both examinations.
d) To retain their status appraisers must assess a minimum of 50 dogs per year at a minimum of 5 appraisal venues, and in different regions.
e) Appraisers who do not perform satisfactorily, or who do not appraise at least 50 dogs a year, shall be demoted by the Board and again be classed as apprentice appraisers. No action shall be taken against an appraiser who has appraised at all appraisal venues prescribed to him if such appraisal venues did not offer sufficient numbers of dogs to make up the required quota.
f) Appraisers may not claim travel or accommodation costs.
g) All appraisers must abide by the Code of Conduct for Appraisers (refer to Bylaw G.3).
h) Appraisers must ensure that all requirements regarding the appraisal system and Bylaws are met.
i) Appraisers are not allowed to appraise Boerboels that they have bred or own. The senior appraiser shall be informed accordingly, and a replacement appraiser shall be arranged.

4.3 Senior appraiser

a) In order to be promoted to senior appraiser an appraiser must have assessed at least 100 Boerboels.
b) The Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee may, after deliberation with other senior appraisers, relevant Board members and the Chairman/Vice-Chairman of SABBS, invite appraisers to be tested to determine if they are sufficiently competent to act as senior appraisers.
c) Only appraisers that possess a comprehensive knowledge regarding the Boerboel, the Breed Standard, the Constitution and its Bylaws, knowledge of the Society as a whole, and who demonstrate outstanding inter-personal skills, shall be invited to be tested for senior appraiser status.
d) A written and practical examination, both for which 80% must be achieved, as well as a personal interview with a panel of senior appraisers, shall be completed before the candidate is appointed as a senior appraiser.
e) All senior appraisers must abide by the Code of Conduct for Appraisers (refer to Bylaw G.3).
f) A senior appraiser may, under abnormal circumstances, appraise a dog(s) on his own, provided that the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee has been notified in advance of this circumstance.
g) In the event of exceptional circumstances two ordinary appraisers with sufficient experience and knowledge may manage an appraisal ring on their own, provided that the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee has been notified in advance of this circumstance and has given his approval.
h) Only senior appraisers nominated to attend specific appraisal venues may claim reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs from the Society.
i) Senior appraisers are not allowed to appraise Boerboels that they have bred or own. The Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee must be informed accordingly and in advance, and a replacement appraiser shall be arranged.

BYLAW G: CODES OF CONDUCT

1. MEMBERS AND OWNERS
Every SABBS member and Boerboel owner shall be bound to this Code of Conduct relating to responsible dog ownership as detailed below. Therefore they shall:

1.1 Agree to promote a high standard among Boerboel owners and breeders in the pursuit for the preservation, progress and improvement of the breed.

1.2 Accept that on failure to abide by this Code they shall be investigated and dealt with by the Board, as provided for in the Constitution (Clause 7: Resignations and misconduct). In the event of an investigation into possible misconduct, the Board may decide to temporarily withhold all services to the member concerned.

1.3 Inform the office of the Society of all changes concerning contact information, transfer of ownership of dogs, and the demise of dogs registered in their name within 30 (thirty) days of occurrence.

1.4 Provide the best possible health care to all dogs in their possession and on their premises at all times. This includes:
a) Obtaining immediate veterinary care for sick or injured dogs; taking dogs for regular veterinary check-ups; and ensuring that dogs’ inoculations – as prescribed from region to region in South Africa and other countries – are always up to date.
b) Providing dogs with proper and sanitary housing, and in accordance with local authority regulations in a specific region/country. This includes:
i. enclosures that are large enough for dogs to move around freely and get sufficient exercise;
ii. strong fencing to retain and keep dogs safe;
iii. shelter to protect dogs against the elements of nature;
iv. enclosures that are easy to clean and that are cleaned and disinfected regularly for protection against parasites and vermin;
v. placing food and water containers where it is out of direct sun, rain and snow.
c) Not allowing cruelty to or the neglect of any Boerboel or take part in any dog fighting, and to bring incidences of such involvement by a member to the Society’s attention immediately.
d) Not selling any dog directly or indirectly to any third party, commercial dog wholesaler, pet shop or pet dealer.
e) SABBS places a high premium on members’ commitment and responsibility to place dogs with committed and ethical owners. Members are advised to not sell their Boerboels to countries where dog fighting and the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption are practised, and to make confirmed incidences of abuse publicly known.
f) Taking care that their dogs are not a nuisance or threat to neighbours, visitors and members of the public by making a noise, soiling and not being on a leash and under control in public areas.
g) Being extremely cautious when children are around animals, and to keep both dogs and children safe by teaching them to respect each other. It cannot be expected of a dog to tolerate a child’s bad behaviour.

2. BREEDERS
Every SABBS breeder member shall be bound to this Code of Conduct relating to responsible breeding as detailed below. Therefore, they shall:

2.1 Deal with fellow members, breeders and buyers honestly, truthfully and respectfully.

2.2 Inclusive of Section 1 above (Members and owners) accept, agree and understand that the Boerboel is still a developing breed, and that in order to breed:
a) unappraised dogs should not be used for breeding;
b) the dog should not be younger than 12 (twelve) months of age;
c) a dog should not be bred with an unregistered Boerboel, or a dog of another breed;
d) SABBS must have appraised the dog at a minimum of 75%;
e) breeding stock should be tested for hereditary genetic diseases, i.e. hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, vaginal hyperplasia, entropion, ectropion, disticiasis and Wobbler’s disease prior to breeding; and
f) dogs presented for birth registration, appraisal and transfer of ownership must have microchips; and DNA profiles of both parents must be submitted to the Society.

2.3 Set as their aim to improve public recognition of the Boerboel breed and its image by:
a) acting truthfully and without financial gain as prime motive in providing prospective buyers with information on the Society’s breed standard; registration requirements and procedures; the pedigree and registration status of dogs to be sold and the characteristics of the breed (including temperament and health traits);
b) consulting with prospective buyers to ascertain whether the Boerboel is a breed suitable to their requirements and circumstances, and to explain to them their responsibilities towards the breed at large, the dogs’ feeding and health requirements, as well as the intentions of this Code of Conduct;
c) providing buyers with references to further information on the Society’s website in respect of standards, the Constitution and Bylaws;
d) ensuring/undertaking that buyers receive all documentation (Birth Notifications/Registration Certificates, transfer of ownership confirmation, inoculation, health and microchip certificates, Code of Conduct and a Sales Agreement, guarantees and transport or export permits – where applicable) when dogs leave their premises;
e) registering the births of litters within 120 days of birth, and not handing puppies to the new owners before they are at least 8 (eight) weeks old;
f) taking note of the concept Sales Agreement (available at www.sabbs.org and from office@sabbs.org) and if not used, ensure that written contractual agreements are entered into with buyers for the protection of both parties in case the Society is called on to investigate disputes.

2.4 Selecting breeding males and females with the objective of improving the standard of the specific bloodline, the overall improvement of the breed, its conformation, temperament and overall health, while conforming to the Society’s Breed Standard and the genetic principles of breeding at all times (refer to “Breed Standard” as defined in Clause 3. of the Main Constitution, and to Bylaw E2 1(f)).

2.5 Registering all breeding dogs in accordance with the Society’s requirements and procedures, as set out in the relevant Bylaws to the Constitution, and keeping complete records of all breeding dogs, their pedigrees, Service (Mating) Certificates, breeding history, transfer of ownership and contractual agreements with other parties.

2.6 Following the Society’s health requirements and recommendations, as stipulated in the Constitution and relevant Bylaws, and keeping full health records, health test results and inoculation certificates of all breeding dogs.

2.7 SABBS places a high premium on breeders’ commitment and responsibility to sell Boerboels to committed and ethical owners. Members are advised to not sell their Boerboels to countries where dog fighting and the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption or use are practised, and to make confirmed incidences of abuse publicly known.

3. APPRAISERS
An appraiser has an immense responsibility towards Boerboel owners and breeders, and his decisions and conduct may have considerable implications for them. Therefore, an appraiser shall undertake and agree to:
a) always strive to conduct himself in a worthy manner and to not hesitate to make his knowledge, experience and insight into the Boerboel available to interested parties;
b) always strive to promote the Boerboel breed and SABBS positively;
c) appraise dogs without preconceptions, with the greatest of care, diligence and compassion towards the breed, the breeders and the owners;
d) remain up to date and informed with regard to the Breed Standard and any new developments regarding the breed, by regularly attending workshops and refresher courses, and in so doing broaden his knowledge and continue to strive for improvement with regard to his training as an appraiser. It is expected form an appraiser to attend at least one refresher workshop per year. An appraiser risks losing his status if he fails to attend one of the refresher courses;
e) be only guided by the SABBS’ Breed Standard throughout the appraisal process in order to formulate an honest assessment and appraisal;
f) exclusively direct his attention to the dogs presented for appraisal and not discriminate against particular types of dogs, owners or breeders, no matter what their appearance;
g) be professional and discreet in his commentary on the dog being appraised;
h) provide positive and constructive information, rather than being negative about the breed, owners or handlers in any way;
i) wholeheartedly co-operate with fellow officials, and wherever possible assist to make their task easier;
j) ensure that all necessary documentation is maintained with care so that he can certify the accuracy thereof;
k) conduct himself in a collegial manner outside the appraisal ring and behave with ethical correctness to demonstrate a sense of responsibility as an appraiser;
l) make no comments or conduct him in a manner that is an embarrassment to either himself or SABBS;
m) derive no commercial benefit as a result of his appraiser status;
n) not appraise a dog that he has bred or owns. The organiser must be informed accordingly and in advance, so that a replacement appraiser may be arranged.
o) An appraiser shall accept that the Board, if necessary, may take disciplinary action against him in the event that he does not conduct himself according to this Code. This may take the form of any or all of the following:
i. a request to appear before, and justify/explain his actions to the Board;
ii. loss of rank or status as an appraiser;
iii. suspension of appraiser status for a period of time; and/or
iv. being declared completely incapable of appraising Boerboels.
p) It is expected of every appraiser to sign the Code of Conduct Agreement annually.

4. BOARD MEMBERS
A Board member has an immense responsibility towards the Society, Boerboel owners, breeders and the public. Therefore, a Board member shall undertake and agree to:
a) strive and act to further the Objectives and Constitution of the Society at all times;
b) attend all Board meetings as specified by the Constitution;
c) respect the Society’s structures and contribute to the Subcommittees;
d) make the Society the top priority in all dealings and conduct concerning members and the Boerboel;
e) strive for unity and a compassionate outlook at all times;
f) deal with enquiries and resolve complaints;
g) promote and publicise the Boerboel in the various areas and regions;
h) derive no commercial benefit as a result of his Board member status;
i) make no comments or conduct himself in a manner that is an embarrassment to either himself or SABBS;
j) accept direct responsibility to identify, advertise, coordinate and organise appraisals and shows in his region in collaboration with the Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee or Show Committee, as specified in the Constitution and relevant Bylaws;
k) provide the Web Editor and the Office in good time with information of the starting times and directions to appraisal and show venues for publicity purposes;
l) accept responsibility that appraisals and shows shall be self-funding, unless the Board has agreed that SABBS will pay additional costs;
m) accept responsibility to provide the office with appraisal results and moneys due within 1 (one) week after the appraisal event;
n) accept responsibility to:
i. identify apprentice appraisers;
ii. appoint regional representatives to assist with the organising of appraisal days and shows;
iii.  identify and train administrative staff or volunteers to assist at appraisal days and shows; and
iv. arrange the attendance of a senior appraiser and judges for shows;
o) commit to dealing with other Board members and staff members respectfully and honestly;
p) adhere to the principles of loyalty and confidentially in dealing with Board and Society matters, as may be required;
q) accept corporate responsibility by:
i. staying abreast of all resolutions and polices during his tenure;
ii. following through and executing all delegated tasks; and
iii. responding to requests for input concerning Board matters by indicating within 24 hours when his feedback may be expected;
r) accept that the Board/Executive Committee, if necessary, may take disciplinary action against him in the event that he does not conduct himself according to this Code. This may take the form of any or all of the following:
i. a request to appear before, and justify/explain his actions to the Board /Executive Committee;
ii. loss of status as a Board member.

5. REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
As with Board members, a regional representative has an immense responsibility towards the Society, Boerboel owners and breeders and the public. Therefore, a regional representative shall undertake and agree to:
a) strive and act to further the Objectives and Constitution of the Society at all times;
b) respect the Society’s structures;
c) make the Society the top priority in all dealings and conduct concerning members and the Boerboel;
d) strive for unity and a compassionate outlook at all times;
e) deal with enquiries and refer it to the Board or designated committee, if indicated;
f) promote and publicise the Boerboel in his region;
g) derive no commercial benefit as a result of his involvement with SABBS;
h) make no comments or conduct himself in a manner that is an embarrassment to either himself or SABBS;
i) accept responsibility to identify, advertise, coordinate and organise appraisals and shows in his regions in collaboration with the relevant Board member and Chairman of the Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee or Show Committee, as specified in the Constitution and relevant Bylaws;
j) provide the Web Editor and the Office in good time with information of the starting times and directions to appraisal and show venues for publicity purposes;
k) accept responsibility that appraisals and shows shall be self-funding, unless the Board has agreed that SABBS will pay additional costs;
l) accept responsibility to:
i. identify and train administrative staff or volunteers to assist with the organising and administration at appraisals and shows; and
ii. arrange the attendance of a senior appraiser and judges for shows.
m) accept responsibility to provide the Office with appraisal results and moneys due within 1 (one) week after the appraisal event;
n) commit to dealing with Board members and staff respectfully and honestly;
o) adhere to the principles of loyalty and confidentially in dealing with Society matters, as may be required;
p) respond to requests from the Board/Breed Standard and Appraisal Committee for input concerning his area of responsibility by indicating within 24 hours when his feedback may be expected;
q) accept that the Board/Executive Committee, if necessary, may take disciplinary action against him in the event that he does not conduct himself according to this Code. This may take the form of any or all of the following:
i. a request to appear before, and justify/explain his actions to the Board /Executive Committee;
ii. loss of status as a regional representative.