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Puppy Contracts - Good or Bad?

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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