The STCA maintains the Breeder Referral list to assist persons interested in obtaining a well-bred Scottish Terrier. Members have agreed to follow the club's Code of Ethics. Scottish Terriers obtained via the STCA reference system are bred by people dedicated to the welfare and the future of the breed. Unlike other purchasing sources, STCA breeders are not commercial vendors and are not in the business of selling dogs. They are fanciers and only breed when necessary in the pursuit of their hobby. STCA breeders will maintain an ongoing relationship with their people and, if for any reason there is a problem, they will assist, or provide a resolution. It is intended to be a lifetime commitment.
Responsible SCTA referred breeders will:
- Abide by the STCA Code of Ethics
- Maintain an ongoing relationship with their people and, if for any reason there is a problem, they will assist, or provide a resolution. This is a lifetime commitment. A Scottie in need of a new home, who is owned by, bred by or sired by a dog owned by a member of the STCA should not become a rescue dog. Whenever feasible this dog should become the responsibility of the owner, breeder, or owner of the sire.
- Keep accurate breeding records and registration information in accordance with American Kennel Club regulations
- Provide purchasers of adults or puppies with accurate papers to include a three generation pedigree, , registration certificate and/or a written sales agreement as to whether a guarantee is provided and setting forth any terms, conditions or limitations thereto, together with complete medical records (including shot and worming information) and instructions for care and feeding. Note – in the case of sales where the puppy is to be spayed/neutered, the breeder may withhold registration papers till after spay/neutering is done.
- Responsible breeders will provide, in writing, all representations, promises, statements, warranties and guarantees, to be signed by both parties at the time of sale.
- STCA Breeders will not sell a puppy under ten weeks of age. STCA recommends 12 weeks of age.
- Not knowingly sell a Scottish Terrier of any age to a pet shop, catalog house, laboratory or any wholesale dealer in dogs (a dealer being a person who regularly buys dogs for sale at profit), or to any person who sells to any of the above. Members will not knowingly offer stud service to wholesale dealers or to any person involved with pet shops, catalog houses or laboratories. No Scottish Terrier will be provided for use in raffles, auctions or similar enterprises.
The Scottish Terrier possesses unique characteristics that set him apart from all other breeds. Anyone seeking a Scottie for the first time needs to research the subject well. Among the traits that set him apart are his unique independence, his constantly questioning mind, and his individuality. A Scottie likes to do things on his terms, which many view as aloofness. But to his chosen family, once his respect is earned, his loyalty will never waver. For those who have never owned a Scottish Terrier, it is imperative that we be thorough about what the prospective purchaser needs to know before starting the search, and before making any decision to buy. The primary goal is to assure that our Scotties will lead long, happy, and well-tended lives. Any prospective new owner should be aware of what is expected in order to accomplish these goals.
The STCA offers the Breeder Referral list to assist people interested in acquiring a well-bred dog. Scottish Terriers obtained via this reference system are bred by members dedicated to the welfare and the future of the breed. Each member listed has agreed to be bound by the club's Code of Ethics and all are currently members of the Scottish Terrier Club of America.
Unlike other purchasing sources, STCA breeders are not commercial vendors and are not in the business of selling dogs. Members are fanciers, only breeding when necessary in the pursuit of their hobby, with the goal of responsibly advancing the breed through maintenance of high standards of health, temperament and conformation.