Code Of Ethics

At the Hybrid Breeders Association, ethical breeding is one of our core values.  If you want to become an HBA Registered Breeder, you must agree to, and abide by our Code of Ethics

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The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms outline five areas of dog welfare over which we - as owners and breeders - have control.   Developed in response to a UK Government report on livestock husbandry in 1965, the Five Freedoms have been adopted by professional groups such as Veterinarians, the RSPCA, the World Organisation for Animal Health and now, the Hybrid Breeders Association (HBA).

The Five Freedoms are:

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Our Code of Ethics

Finding your puppies a new home

You must:
  • Meet all prospective owners to establish their suitability as a potential owner.
  • Turn away potential puppy owners if they or their home situation is not suitable (For example, if puppies would be left at home during the day alone, or puppies would not receive any exercise or owners could not afford to keep them).
  • Be prepared to take a puppy back if it turns out the owners are not able to or no longer want to accommodate it.
  • Provide references from previous puppy owners.
  • Remain available after a puppy has been homed to provide advice and support to the new owners.
You must not:
  • Sell your puppies through pet shops or other commercial outlets.
  • Transport your puppies unaccompanied.
  • Separate a puppy from its mother and litter before it is 8 weeks of age.
  • Sell without a written contract, signed by you and the new owner.
  • Knowingly misrepresent the qualities, characteristics of the breeds involved or of individual puppies to a potential new owner.

Living arrangements at home

You must:
  • Have your dogs living with you as family pets inside your home.
  • Provide plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
  • Feed your dogs according to breed, age, weight and current recommendations.
  • Maintain clean living arrangements for dogs.
  • Have clean, warm bedding at all times,
  • Provide your dogs with a “place of their own” where they can be left undisturbed.
  • Provide your dogs with regular exercise, stimulation and human contact


You must not:


  • Keep your dogs separate from the family in kennels, sheds and garages or out of the family environment.
  • Separate your bitch from her puppies at any time prior to puppies reaching 8 weeks of age.



You must:


  • Maintain a vaccination and worming regime in line with your vet’s recommendations
  • Have your dog DNA tested for breed-specific genetic disease
  • Maintain your dogs’ coats and otherwise keep your dogs well-groomed
  • Ensure that your dogs are micro-chipped and have collars with name tags with contact details
  • Be registered with a vet



You Must:


  • Only breed from healthy dogs between the ages of 18 months to 7 years or as advised by your veterinary surgeon
  • Allow your bitch access to her puppies at all times
  • Allow your bitch at least one season between litters
  • Ensure that suitable stud dogs are used for breeding
  • Ensure that your breeding dogs and their mates are DNA tested for all relevant breed specific genetic mutations and only pair dogs and bitches that together cannot produce affected offspring.
  • Ensure that stud dogs used for breeding are well, healthy, are micro-chipped, have an up to date vaccination, and have suitable and verifiable documentation provided by the owner
  • Provide suitable whelping environment including whelping box


You must not:


  • Breed back to back from one bitch
  • Breed illegal dog breeds


You Must:


  • Ensure that puppies’ health and welfare needs are met at all times
  • Know the appropriate time-scale and what to introduce in terms of human and other stimuli


You must not:


  • Cull a healthy dog or puppy under any circumstances
  • Mutilate a dog or puppy (e.g. Tail docking) unless for medical reasons as recommended by your registered vet

The Hybrid Breeders Association (HBA) is a voluntary registration service for hybrid dog breeders in the UK.  Our goal is to promote responsible breeding of hybrid dogs, exercising the highest standards of animal welfare and raise public awareness of the basic precautions that should be taken when buying a puppy.

Photo of Mimms, Cavachon
Photo of Mimms, Cavachon
Photo of Mimms, Cavachon
Photo of Mimms, Cavachon
Photo of Mimms, Cavachon
Photo of Mimms, Cavachon