These articles have been posted here to assist breeders in their efforts to produce healthy litters. To the general public we would like to say, the dog breeding and exhibiting world is devoted to the production of the healthiest puppies, in mind and body, that is possible , given the state of the art. And, the state of the art is progressing rapidly, with genetic testing for inherited defects already available, in some cases, and soon to be available in others. As a veterinarian, I am occasionally upset by the depiction in the general press of breeders exploiting their dogs, and uncaringly producing puppies with genetic defects. Nothing could be further from the truth.

However, there are also people who produce puppies who are not "BREEDERS AND EXHIBITORS". Uncaring puppy mill operators who sell to pet stores, and careless back yard breeders do not qualify as true DOG BREEDERS. If you'd like to read more on this subject, visit the The KENNEL JOURNAL pages, where additional topics of interest to the Dog Fancy can be found. When people are bred as carefully as we breed our dogs, human kind will have made progress, indeed!

SAMPLE PUPPY CONTRACT - B
PET PUPPY


NOTE: for any contract to be legally binding, the document should be witnessed.

Definitions used herein include:
"BUYER" shall herein be defined as:
"BREEDER" shall herein be defined as:
"PUPPY" shall herein be defined as:

    A pet puppy, (registered) (registerable) with the American Kennel Club (AKC),
    with the registered name of:
    American Kennel Club (AKC) registration number:
    Sire:                                                          AKC#
    Dam:                                                        & AKC#

The( "BREED NAME XX") described above is sold for the sum of $ xxx.xx.
Payment to be made in full at the time of the transaction (Date XX).


A pet PUPPY is defined here to be a ("breedname xx") puppy which is in good health at the time of sale, and embodies the characteristics of the("breedname xx") breed . This PUPPY is purebred and is registerable (registered) with the American Kennel Club.

The parents of this PUPPY have had x-rays to establish that they are free of hip and elbow dysplasia.

This PUPPY is registered with a limited registration, which will prohibit breeding and registering offspring. (The BUYER agrees this female PUPPY is to be spayed at the appropriate age, and veterinarian confirmation of this proceedure must be supplied to the BREEDER.)

The BREEDER guarantees the above described dog to be healthy at the time of the sale.

The BREEDER does not assume any liability for any injury to said puppy after delivery.

The BUYER agrees to have this puppy examined by a veterinarian within 72 hours of delivery.

If the puppy is found to be other than healthy by the BUYER'S veterinarian, it shall be returned to the BREEDER immediately, and the purchase price will be refunded. Deadline for this refund is (DateXX).

All appropriate shots for the PUPPY'S age have been given, and a record of this vaccination history is supplied.

The BUYER agrees to maintain the puppy's health in good condition, and to provide yearly examinations, vaccinations, heartworm test, and any other usual procedures necessary to assure good health.

The BREEDER has done everything possible to produce healthy sound puppies both by breeding only dogs (parents) that are certified free of hip and elbow dysplasia, (add any other appropriate testing for the breed in question) and by raising the puppies in the best way possible in regards to diet, exercise, socialization and veterinary care.

There are many factors that can influence growth and development, such as diet, exercise, weight gain, etc.. The BUYER assumes the responsibility to carry on with the appropriate vaccinations, exercise and feeding schedule, as supplied by the BREEDER. MOST PARTICULARLY, the BUYER agrees to keep the puppy slim throughout it's normal growth period. The BREEDER can offer no further guarantees once the care of the puppy is no longer under their control.

The BUYER agrees that neither he/she nor the BUYER'S estate/executors may sell this PUPPY or transfer ownership of this PUPPY without the BREEDER'S knowledge and written consent

The BUYER hereby agrees that if at any time the Buyer cannot take proper care of the puppy, the BUYER must contact the BREEDER and the BREEDER will have the first choice to either: (a) take the PUPPY back or (b) assist the BUYER in finding a suitable home for the PUPPY.

The BUYER agrees to notify the BREEDER of any changes of address during the PUPPY'S lifetime.

The Buyer agrees to provide a suitable fenced area for this puppy.


    The BREEDER neither makes or implies any warranties or guarantees, express or implied, other than those written in the agreement including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability and fitness. This document constitutes the entire agreement between the Breeder and Buyer with respect to this sale. Ile Buyer's signature below indicates that he/she has read, agrees and does understands all the conditions of the Sales Agreement and Contract of Sale.


BUYER:

DATE:

ADDRESS:



PHONE:

E-MAIL


BREEDER:

DATE:


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