The Breeder’s Code of Ethics (BCOE) is a program facilitated by the Breed Committee to provide breeder information, education, support, networking and to promote quality breeding practices to preserve the health and breed standard of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.
To become a BCOE breeder, a breeder must adhere to the NEMDA Code of Ethics (COE) and to all requirements set forth in the Breeder Code of Ethics. Breeders submit specific documentation that supports their adherence to the BCOE standards in their initial application, as well as in their annual reports to the Breed Committee.
Being a BCOE NEMDA breeder is voluntary and speaks to an individual breeder’s level of personal pride, conviction, and commitment to adhere to the Code Of Ethics standards and ideals in their own Entlebucher breeding programs (as outlined in the document). The NEMDA Breeder Code of Ethics are currently the most strict ethical and health guidelines available regarding the breeding of Entlebucher Mountain Dogs in North America. The Breeder Code Of Ethics document is meant for the vitality, vigor and diversity of the breed. BCOE Breeders have a common goal of betterment for the Entlebucher breed’s future. There may be NEMDA members who choose not to become BCOE breeders, again it is a voluntary program.
Interested in becoming a BCOE breeder? Complete the information on the application for New COE Breeders. Submit your completed new Breeder application with fees and include your Entle’s Breed book data form, however you are most comfortable:
- Electronic “New Breeder Application” submission via the NEMDAStore OR
- Print out the “New BCOE Breeder Application” hard copy, scan it and email submission (email listed bottom of application) OR
- New BCOE Breeder Application Print out hard copy, postal mail submission (address listed bottom of application)
- AND Include your: “BCOE Breed Book Data Form” so other BCOE Breeders will see photos and learn about your Entle for breeding decisions
A Breed Committee representative will touch base with you regarding your completed application. Contact breeding@NEMDA.org with questions about the BCOE or to request breeding information.
Helpful links for BCOE health testing and required documents:
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) – for Hip Evaluation and yearly Eye Certification Registry (ECR)
- Optigen – for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd PRA)
- AKC – DNA Resource Center for test kits and information
BCOE Partners Program
The NEMDA Breed Committee has expanded the BCOE program to encourage participation from breeders with varying levels of experience in recognition that there are many members with value to offer. The BCOE Partners Program fills an important role that offers opportunities for education and learning before one begins breeding Entlebucher Mountain Dogs. Another vital role of the BCOE Partner Program is to benefit from the insights of experience while providing continuity of sharing knowledge acquired from those who may have retired or taken a break from actively breeding Entlebuchers.
The BCOE Partner level is intended for any NEMDA member interested in breeding Entlebuchers, but who does not currently have an Entlebucher that is of breeding age. The BCOE Partners program is meant to support the BCOE program and explore learning and growth opportunities. All BCOE activities are focused on breeding quality Entlebuchers that are healthy, plus mentally and physically everything an Entlebucher should be whether that Entle is a winning show dog, talented sports competitor or simply the pet an owner can have!
Interested in becoming a BCOE breeder? Complete the information on the application for New COE Breeders. Submit your completed application with fees, however you are most comfortable:
- Electronic submission via NEMDA store
- Print out “New BCOE Partner Application” hard copy, scan and email submission (email listed bottom of application)
- New BCOE Partner Application Print out hard copy, postal mail submission (address listed bottom of application)