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When purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder, the contracts they require you to sign serve several important purposes. Let’s delve into the details:

Legal Protection:

Most major life acquisitions involve legal contracts, and bringing home a purebred dog is no exception. These contracts are designed to protect both you and the breeder.

While I can’t provide legal advice, it’s essential to understand that violating a properly executed contract could potentially lead to legal consequences.

Philosophy and Expectations:

Breeder contracts are not just about legalities; they also serve as an opportunity for breeders to share their philosophy, advice, and expectations.

By signing a contract, you acknowledge the significant responsibility of caring for the puppy and commit to the terms outlined by the breeder.

Common Elements in Breeder Contracts:

Pet Quality vs. Show Quality:

Contracts often distinguish between “pet quality” and “show quality” puppies.

Pet-quality puppies are unlikely to become show dogs and are typically sold on limited registration.

Show prospects may have more detailed contracts, specifying health screenings, show requirements, and breeding decisions.

Basics Included:

The contract usually includes:

AKC registration number of the puppy.

Sire and dam’s names and registration numbers.

Purchase price.

Health and Care:

Contracts may cover health guarantees, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchip information.

They outline responsibilities related to the dog’s well-being.

Show Expectations:

For show prospects, contracts may detail when the breeder wants to see the puppy and who will handle its show career.

If the dog is eventually bred, the contract specifies health screenings and other breeding-related details.

Remember that each breeder’s contract is unique, reflecting their individual practices and values. Signing one is not just a formality; it’s a commitment to providing the best care for your new furry family member.

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@Gonzalezz nice looking litter indeed. Where are they located? State, City?

@TheGreat you have been a member since 2006. Wow! Thank you.

@Kevin and Debby Nicholson Thanks for posting this. This book is a must have for all responsible dog owners. Keep it as a handy reference.

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The Pros and Cons of Having Guardian Dogs at Home

Having a guardian dog can enhance security and companionship, but it also comes with responsibilities. Evaluate your lifestyle, living space, and commitment level before welcoming a furry protector into your home. Each owner must consider their living situation and requirements for the dog and MUST know the true nature of the breed they choose. Having a or guardian is a big responsibility and is not to be taken lightly.


Security and Protection: Guardian dogs serve as excellent protectors. Their presence deters intruders and provides a sense of safety for your family and property.

They have keen instincts and can alert you to potential threats, whether it’s a stranger at the door or an unusual noise outside.

Loyal Companionship: Guardian dogs often form strong bonds with their owners. Their loyalty and affection create a deep connection.

They offer emotional support and can alleviate feelings of loneliness.

Natural Alarm System: These dogs are like living burglar alarms. Their barking can alert you to any unusual activity, even when you’re asleep.

Unlike electronic alarms, they don’t rely on electricity or Wi-Fi.

Exercise and Outdoor Time: Owning a guardian dog encourages regular walks and outdoor activities.

Their need for exercise keeps you active and promotes a healthier lifestyle.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Petting and spending time with dogs can lower stress levels and boost mood.

Guardian dogs provide emotional stability and a sense of purpose.


Training and Socialization: Guardian dogs require proper training to differentiate between real threats and everyday situations.

Without socialization, they may become overly protective or aggressive.

Space and Exercise Needs: Large guardian breeds need ample space to move around.

If you live in a small apartment or lack outdoor areas, owning such a dog can be challenging.

Healthcare Costs: Guardian dogs, like all pets, need regular veterinary care.

Medical expenses can add up, especially for larger breeds prone to specific health issues.

Liability and Legal Considerations: If your guardian dog bites someone, you could face legal consequences.

Liability insurance is essential to protect yourself and others.

Time Commitment: Guardian dogs require attention, exercise, and mental stimulation.

If you’re busy or travel frequently, consider the time commitment before getting one.

Remember that each dog is unique, and your experience may vary based on the breed, individual temperament, and your own circumstances. Make an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. 🐾🏡

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Nice homestead. I plan on owning multiple dogs and walking them at once can be difficult especially 3 CO's! So how is that lead???

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Pandora hanging out with the goats and chickens. Keeping them safe for the pack of coyotes that is causing issues around here.

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On patrol in the back of the property

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Pandora hanging out with the goats and chickens. Keeping them safe for the pack of coyotes that is causing issues around here.

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Pandora hanging out with the goats and chickens. Keeping them safe for the pack of coyotes that is causing issues around here.

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