Code of Ethics


Members of the Affenpinscher Club of America, Inc. shall consider the welfare of all Affenpinschers to be of primary importance.


All dogs owned by members of the Affenpinscher Club of America, Inc. shall be maintained under sanitary and pleasant conditions, treated humanely at all times and given necessary health care.


Members are responsible for maintaining the quality and continuation of the Affenpinscher as a purebred dog. In a breeding program, they will always strive to breed the highest quality Affenpinschers and will use the Standard of the Affenpinscher as a guide.

Members will keep in mind the health, conformation, temperament, and possible hereditary defects of the Affenpinschers being bred. Members do not sell litters wholesale, or sell to (or place Affenpinschers with) pet shops, pet dealers of any kind, catalog houses, or any other commercial distributors. Members never breed using profit as a motive without regard to quality or conformation.

All members shall take full responsibility for every litter they breed. If it becomes necessary, they agree to take back any dog or puppy sold or placed by them. If the club rescues a dog of a member's breeding, or by other means, the member shall either take the dog back or the dog will be placed in the Club's rescue system. The breeders will then be asked to make a donation to the Rescue Fund.


No advertising shall be false or misleading. All claims, both written and oral, shall be factual and honest in both substance and implication. All members should exhibit good sportsmanship and feel personally obligated to protect the interests of the Affenpinscher by conducting themselves in a positive manner.

A co-owner of an Affenpinscher shall have the same responsibilities that a sole owner has. The breach of one member of this Code of Ethics does not in any way absolve another member from any obligations under the Code.

While showing, breeding, or owning Affenpinschers, every member should be a worthy representative of the Affenpinscher Club of America, Inc.


Any member who shall disregard this Code of Ethics will be subject to suspension or expulsion from the Affenpinscher Club of America in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Club.