But there`s another important way to look at a breeder`s contract – and it`s not like a Gotcha waiting to pass. For many breeders, contracts are an opportunity to share their philosophy, advice and expectations towards the dog they entrust to you. Signing a contract reminds you of the enormous responsibility you take on and codifies all the things your coach told you during your many visits and phone calls, but that you were probably too overwhelmed or distracted to process them and remember the memory. Serious breeders demand almost everywhere that they sign a contract to all those who offer a home to one of their dogs. But if you`ve never bought a dog from a serious breeder, the requirement to sign a legal document can be a surprise — and perhaps a deterrent given its multiple pages and officially ringing clauses. No matter how much research you do or how many books you read, in the end, buying a puppy is a leap of faith. You trust that the breeder has done his best to produce a healthy and well-adapted puppy, and the breeder trusts that you will take care of your new family member, hopefully long enough to see his gray muzzle. Ideally, at every step of the way, the breeder is available for questions, worries and, in the end, a shoulder to cry on. If a contract seems so restrictive or punitive that it indicates that your relationship with the coach is more combative than preventive, then this should give you a break. You can view our castration contract below.

We will send you an official contract if you buy a puppy. By signing below, I agree, as a buyer, to have this dog castrated no later than ___ and I understand that this contract is an agreement so that this dog does not produce puppies, neither raised intentionally nor by accidental breeding. If a pregnancy occurs intentionally or accidentally, the buyer agrees to pay the additional costs of a breeding dog of 7000.00 USD. If the dog continues to be bred, the contract will likely list all the health checks that will need to be done, who will make decisions about the breeding, who will be responsible for the work and placement of the puppies, and a number of other details, including financial arrangements. If something is unclear or unpleasant, ask before signing the contract. Most breeders` contracts distinguish between a puppy that is “pet quality” and “show quality” (or, more appropriately, “show potential”, as no breeder can predict with absolute certainty the outcome of a puppy). Would this request for an annual photo shoot be made in court? Without seeing the document or knowing the circumstances, who knows? While most breeders care more about the spirit than the letter of the law, others choose to exercise their legal rights. Reading and discussing the contract with the breeder before picking up your puppy should answer your questions and ease any concerns. If there is something in the contract that really makes you uncomfortable, and the coach is inflexible to change it, you can review your options. It is the responsibility of the buyer, not the veterinarian, to ensure that the breeder has received confirmation that the operation has been performed.

Failure to comply with this contract up to the date indicated below is considered an infringement, unless agreed in writing. The buyer is responsible for $7000 00. In addition, this has the consequence that the health guarantee is null and void. I agree that the pet described above should be modified no later than (date) by a licensed veterinarian of my choice. I acknowledge that I am responsible for all costs related to the castration of my pet and that the A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation assumes no obligation for these costs. . . .

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