An appraiser has an immense responsibility towards Boerboel owners and breeders, and his decisions and conduct may have considerable implications for them. Therefore, an appraiser shall undertake and agree to:
always strive to conduct himself in a worthy manner and to not hesitate to make his knowledge, experience and insight into the Boerboel available to interested parties;
always strive to promote the Boerboel breed and SABBS positively;
appraise dogs without preconceptions, with the greatest of care, diligence and compassion towards the breed, the breeders and the owners;
remain up to date and informed regarding the Breed Standard and any new developments regarding the breed, by regularly attending workshops and refresher courses, and in so doing broaden his knowledge and continue to strive for improvement regarding his training as an appraiser. It is expected from an appraiser to attend at least one refresher workshop per year. An appraiser risks losing his status if he fails to attend one of the refresher courses;
be only guided by the SABBS' Breed Standard throughout the appraisal process in order to formulate an honest assessment and appraisal;
exclusively direct his attention to the dogs presented for appraisal and not discriminate against particular types of dogs, owners or breeders, no matter what their appearance;
be professional and discreet in his commentary on the dog being appraised;
provide positive and constructive information, rather than being negative about the breed, owners or handlers in any way;
wholeheartedly co-operate with fellow officials, and wherever possible assist to make their task easier;
ensure that all necessary documentation is maintained with care so that he can certify the accuracy thereof;
conduct himself in a collegial manner outside the appraisal ring and behave with ethical correctness to demonstrate a sense of responsibility as an appraiser;
make no comments or conduct him in a manner that is an embarrassment to either himself or SABBS;
derive no commercial benefit as a result of his appraiser status;
not appraise a dog that he has bred or owns. The organiser must be informed accordingly and in advance, so that a replacement appraiser may be arranged.
An appraiser shall accept that the Board, if necessary, may take disciplinary action against him in the event that he does not conduct himself according to this Code. This may take the form of any or all of the following:
a request to appear before, and justify/explain his actions to the Board;
loss of rank or status as an appraiser;
suspension of appraiser status for a period of time; and/or
being declared completely incapable of appraising Boerboels.
It is expected of every appraiser to sign the Code of Conduct Agreement annually.