Broholmer Canadian Club

The Broholmer Canadian Club (BCC) is the first recognized Broholmer club in Canada. The BCC was registered in March 2018 with a board of directors dedicated to the physical, psychological, and emotional development and overall wellbeing of the Broholmer dog breed. While we await the arrival of the first puppies to Canada, we invite you to read the By-laws and Code of Ethics of the Broholmer Canadian Club.

Broholmer Canadian Club Mission Statement
The Broholmer Canadian Club’s mission is to uphold the breed standard to the highest level of mental, physical, and emotional development through education, ethical breeding practices, training, working trials, and promoting positive feedback between members of the club and the general public. Broholmers are viewed as ambassadors for their breed’s origin, science-based training, and ethical practices.

As the membership grows, and the Broholmer is established throughout North and South America, the BCC will strive to develop breed trial opportunities, social gatherings, and get the Broholmer recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). The BCC also serves to uphold the best breeding standards with an objective to further develop and promote the Broholmer in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South American countries.

Gaby Dufresne-Cyr, President-founder of the Broholmer Canadian Club, worked hard over the years to import the first Broholme to Canada. As such, she is highly dedicated to the development of Broholmers as animal-assisted therapy partners and working dogs. She is currently working with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) to register the BCC as the official breed club and Therapy Dog Organization. Hopes for the future is breed recognition by the Canadian Kennel Club.

If you wish to become a member of the Broholmer Canadian Club, we invite you to communicate with Gaby Dufresne-Cyr. She will send you the necessary documentation to become a member. 

Broholmer Canadian Club Code of Ethics

Members of the Broholmer Canadian Club agree to adhere to the following principles to achieve the following goals and objectives:

1. All members of the Broholmer Canadian Club will comply with the By-laws, rules, regulations, and code of ethics established by the Board of Directors;

2. All members of the Broholmer Canadian Club will provide their dogs with appropriate housing, food, healthcare, physical exercise, and training;

3. All members of the Broholmer Canadian Club will promote the role of the breed in society as an essential member of its communities where it functions as a working dog, guardian, and teacher are fulfilled;

4. To preserve and enhance each breed's characteristics, the Broholmer Canadian Club supports and encourages participation in working trials, social events, and shows. All members will participate in such activities with honesty, fairness and integrity, ever mindful of the practice of "good sportsmanship";

5. Except as provided in the By-laws of the Broholmer Canadian Club, all members as breeders of Broholmer dogs, aim to strengthen the genetic pool and, thus, guarantee further progress toward the ideals of the standard, keeping authentic records of their activities;

6. All members of the Broholmer Canadian Club will undertake the task of educating and encouraging all newcomers to the Broholmer dogs no matter their interest: pet-owner, exhibitor, trialer or breeder.

7. All members of the Broholmer Canadian Club breeders will strive to educate themselves in dog behaviour and training.

Broholmer Canadian Club Core Ethical Principles for Breeders

In order to attain the goal of producing quality Broholmers, a breeder must give priority to producing dogs that are healthy and sound in both mind and body, and to selecting the breeding stock that conforms to the requirements as defined by the Broholmer Canadian Club. The breeding of Broholmers is a serious responsibility; therefore, the decision to breed should never be taken lightly. To this end, every breeder, or prospective breeder, must be willing to embrace the following general principles:

1. Be prepared to make a serious commitment of both time and financial resources to ensure a successful breeding program.

2. Be prepared to make a serious commitment of both time and financial resources to ensure that a successful training program.

3. Be prepared to work hard to preserve and maintain the breed for future generations through the judicious selection of breeding stock.

4. Be prepared to share knowledge that is gained through experience with fellow breeders, particularly those who are novices.

5. Be prepared to work and travel with your dog to obtain titles and good work or competition ethics.

6. Be prepared to provide for the well-being of the dogs, both while in your care as well as in the ultimate placement of the dogs.

7. Use dogs that are known to be of sound health and stable temperament.

8. Choose both a sire and dam that have reached such maturity that they can produce and raise a healthy litter.

9. Assure that all breeding documents and registrations are available for inspection and completely in order.

10. As the owner of a stud dog, ensure that the owner of the dam has the ability and the necessary facilities to successfully whelp, raise and assure the future well being of any resulting litter.

11. As the owner of the dam, ensure that the owner of the sire has the knowledge and experience to provide a safe and proper mating, including the diligent care of the dam.

Broholmer Canadian Club Core Ethical Principles for Trainers

1. Do No Harm - “Do no harm” is the ethical principle that has guided professionals in the medical profession for centuries. As animal trainers begin to look seriously at issues surrounding the use of punishment, the appropriateness of aversive procedures in certain situations, and handling animals with serious behaviour problems.

2. Respect Autonomy - “Autonomy” means independence or the ability to function without control by others. In social science settings, ethical therapists should work hard to have their clients become self-reliant. 

3. Benefiting Others - “Benefiting others” in the animal training context means that decisions made by trainers should have a positive effect on both animal and clients. 

4. Be Just - Actions that are “just” are actions that are fair and impartial. Being just is the principle that says as animal trainers we should treat animals and clients as we would like to be treated. 

5. Being Faithful - “Being faithful” in both human services and animal training settings relates to being truthful, sincere, and without intent to mislead anyone. Faithfulness about ethics relates to maintaining allegiance. 

6. Accord Dignity - Professionals in human service settings, begin with the assumption that every person is worthy of respect. Expanded to animal training, every client (individual or agency) is worthy of respect and every animal is worthy of respect. 

7. Treat Others With Care And Compassion - “Treating others with care and compassion” is an ethical principle applied in medical and therapy settings that can also apply to animal training. Empathy is an essential component in animal training. 

8. Pursuit Of Excellence - In professional settings in many areas, the pursuit of excellence relates to becoming a competent professional, supporting other professionals who are trying to become more skilled, and attempting to prevent unprofessional and unethical actions. 

9. Accept Accountability - “Accept accountability” relates to considering the potential consequences of one’s actions, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and refraining from shifting the blame to others.