WHEREAS, Joselynne Roddy, hereinafter called "Breeder” is the owner of a German Shepherd Dog PUPPY, further described as:
And WHEREAS, ________, hereinafter called "Buyer" would like to purchase the Dog described above, hereinafter referred to as the puppy.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the sum of $_______ Dollars, the Breeder hereby
Agrees to sell one German Shepherd Dog puppy under the following warranties and conditions and no other warranties or conditions either expressed or implied.
1. Registration. The above-described animal is a purebred German Shepherd Dog puppy, and comes with *LIMITED AKC registration and permanent identification. Breeder will register the puppy and have the AKC mail the certificate directly to the buyer in Buyers’ name as ““Litter Letter Name” Vom Vierblaettriges Bauernhof”. Buyer shall choose a suitable “Litter Letter” name within 1 week of pick up.
2. Health Guarantee. Puppies are THOROUGHLY evaluated by the Breeders’ veterinarian at their first visit at 8-9 weeks, and any issues will be disclosed and documented prior to finalizing sale. If any health issues arise prior to completion of the sale, Buyer may choose to move their deposit to a different litter or available Puppy, or move forward with the sale. Buyer agrees to abide by the terms of the attached Health Guarantee. If Buyer breaches ANY terms of this agreement, the Health Guarantee is null and void. (Buyer Initials______)
3. Transfer and LIFETIME First Right of Refusal. The Terms and/or Guarantees of this contract only apply to the Original Buyer and art NOT transferable if the puppy is resold or given to someone else, without express written consent of the Breeder. We want to know where our Puppies are, and maintain a healthy relationship with current owners, therefore, if Buyer must rehome or sell the Puppy AT ANY TIME, Buyer MUST contact Breeder before rehoming or advertising. Failure to comply with the FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL shall result in $2500 in monetary damages, plus any court or attorney fees. In the event that a Buyer cannot keep a Puppy from our program AT ANY TIME, we will take the Puppy back NO QUESTIONS ASKED. (Buyer Initials_____)
Buyer has remitted a non-refundable $______ deposit, with the balance of $______ due in cash upon pick up.
Agreement of terms is acknowledged by the signing of this Agreement and acceptance of deposit. This Agreement is entered into on this ____ Day of ____, 2022 in the County of Whiteside, in the State of Illinois, USA and will be interpreted and enforced under the laws of Illinois and The United States. If any clause in the Agreement is against said laws, then that clause shall be null and void. This document represents the entire agreement between the parties. No other agreements, promises, verbal or implied, are included unless specifically stated in this written Agreement.
Health and Temperament Guarantee
A. New Puppy Health Exam
Buyer must have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian within 2 BUSINESS DAYS of pick up. Should the puppy be found to have a previously unrecorded, serious health defect at this initial vet visit, the breeder is to be contacted immediately. Buyer must provide Breeder with written diagnosis signed by a licensed vet within 24 hours, and at that time the buyer can request to either:
1. return the puppy for a replacement puppy of equal value from a current or future litter,
2. return the puppy and receive a full refund.
In either circumstance, Breeder is not responsible for the vet bill, and AKC papers will not be issued to the Buyer.
If any issues not disclosed/documented prior to sale are diagnosed at this New Puppy Exam, Buyer may have the option to choose a replacement OR receive actual monetary compensation for costs that may arise if the Puppy requires veterinary attention for said defect(s). Any requests for compensation must be made immediately upon the New Puppy Health Exam, and Breeder may choose to allow for monetary compensation, or elect to have Puppy returned for replacement. (Buyer Initial____)
B. Vaccinations & Deworming
We begin deworming at 2 weeks of age (fenbendazole and Toltrazuril as per current standards for the prevention of intestinal parasites, coccidia, and giardia), and core vaccinations are given at 8-9 weeks of age, and again at 12 and 15 weeks of age if we still have possession of the puppy. Buyer will be provided a list of vaccinations the puppy has received, as well as a list of the dates and a schedule for future vaccinations and deworming. BUYER MUST LIMIT EXPOSURE OF THE PUPPY TO UNFAMILIAR DOGS AND ENVIRONMENTS UNTIL THE PUPPY IS FULLY VACCINATED. This means avoid large group puppy classes, and places such as dog parks, PetSmart, etc. (Buyer Initial____)
C. Hip/Elbow, DM and other Congenital Defects:
Breeder guarantees that Puppy' sire and dam have, at minimum, received OFA, PennHip, or SV hip and elbow certification (or preliminaries), and DM testing. As breeders, we have chosen to do OUR due diligence to give the puppies we produce the very best start genetically. However, many, if not most (current estimates say 85%), cases of hip or elbow dysplasia are caused by ENVIRONMENT, and thus, we cannot guarantee that puppies will remain free of non-congenital hip or elbow dysplasia. Dysplasia is very often caused by obesity, dietary deficiency, or over exertion, including jogging/running on hard surfaces and for long distances prior to maturity, repetitive concussion on soft surfaces, or jumping on and off furniture or into cars. Breeder guarantees that environmental issues aside, the puppy will certify with OFA Hips at the age of 24-26 months as "excellent, good or fair", and elbows "normal". This guarantee is binding only if Buyer maintains strict environmental protocols (appropriate food, footing, exercise, etc.) AND maintains records of veterinary visits every 6 months, showing height, weight, Body Condition Score (BCS), etc. and noting any abnormalities and injuries. Additionally, preliminary OFA x-rays must be done on the puppy at 12-13 months of age by a licensed veterinarian, certified and skilled at producing x-rays for OFA evaluation. In the event that there are any environmental or injury events noted in vet reports, or a bitch conceives or a male sires a litter, this guarantee becomes null and void. If Puppy is diagnosed with congenital hip or elbow dysplasia as outlined above, Buyer may receive a replacement Puppy of the same sex from a different litter. In ANY case that Buyer receives a replacement puppy from Breeder, Buyer must first show proof of spay or neuter of the original puppy prior to receiving a replacement puppy, and Buyer MUST relinquish AKC paperwork. *Puppies that become sick or die due to accident or Buyers’ negligence (chewing electrical cords, hung by collar, exposing the puppy to strange dogs not living in the home before fully vaccinated, etc.) will not be replaced at any time. Any MINOR issues such as retained testicles, umbilical hernias, soft ears, etc. are NOT “serious health defects” and do not qualify for replacement. (Buyer Initial____)
D. Revocation of Limited Registration Status:
If Buyer desires FULL AKC registration on their puppy, the Breeder will consider revoking Limited registration status after all OFFICIAL health testing is completed AT NO ADDITIONAL COST, provided Terms of the Conditional Hip/Elbow Guarantee are met. However, Buyer must specify this intent PRIOR TO PURCHASE. Failure to disclose future breeding intent shall render any future certification guarantees null and void, and in the event that a Puppy produces a litter, Buyer shall be responsible for monetary damages in the amount of $2500 PER PUPPY PRODUCED. This is to ensure that breeding is done only with the intent of BREED IMPROVEMENT. (Buyer Initial _____)
1. Intent to pursue Full Registration Status:
____a. Buyer Intends to Pursue Full registration in the future ____b. Buyer DOES NOT intend to pursue full registration in the future
If the puppy is spayed or neutered prior to maturity, all guarantees are voided. There will be absolutely replacements of any puppy which is altered prior to 2 years of age *without express written consent of the Breeder*. Vets will often recommend doing this around 4-6 months old, however, for the health and well being of a German Shepherd Dog, it is recommended to leave the Dog INTACT until at least 2 years of age. Therefore, while we acknowledge that it is “inconvenient” to keep an intact dog in the home, we are more concerned with the LONG-TERM SOUNDNESS of the dog. All PET Puppies should be spayed or neutered at 2 years to prevent the potential of unwanted litters and the pursual of monetary damages. (Buyer Initial____)
F. Diet Recommendation
We feed all of our dogs and puppies quality dog foods. The puppy is currently being fed ___ cups/day of ________________. We recommend feeding this food from weaning through maturity at 24 months. We feed this food because research has proven it to have an acceptable calcium/phosphorus ratio, which most current research shows is necessary for proper growth and development in large and giant breed dogs, and research shows that the primary ingredient in quality food is meat (Chicken, Beef, Turkey, Lamb etc.). Feeding premium food promotes good health, strong teeth, shiny coats, and firm stools. Most importantly, studies done specifically on German Shepherd puppies has shown that raising GSD puppies on correct formulations not only reduces the incidence of orthopedic issues, but also helps reduce the incidence of panosteitis, weak pasterns, and pancreatic insufficiency. *German Shepherd Dogs should be fed to maintain a LEAN frame, with a recommendation of a "4" on a 9 point scale as ideal. This may seem unkind, but it is in the best interest of the growing, large breed dog. Buyer acknowledges that they have read the information provided on appropriate feeding of large breed puppies, and any discrepancy in these will render the guarantee null and void. (Buyer initial_____)
G. Socialization, Training, and Temperament
Our puppies are raised underfoot, socialized with other large dogs, extensively handled by adults AND children, and exposed to variety of conditions, and they are usually started on crate training at weaning. We recommend crate training for potty training purposes, but DO NOT BELIEVE IN LEAVING GROWING PUPPIES CRATED FOR HOURS ON END. Puppies need dedicated play time, and need to learn how to behave in the home “unsupervised”. To ensure your puppy’s temperament remains as sound as the day it leaves our home, once your puppy is fully vaccinated, take it to new places as often as possible. German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs with working drives. Responsible owners channel this intelligence and drive in the proper direction with adequate love, attention, and PROFESSIONAL training. Bored, lonely, and/or neglected GSD’s can become depressed, highly destructive, and/or aggressive. PUPPIES WILL NATURALLY CHEW AND BITE! This is normal, however, it is important to correct and/or redirect “naughty” behavior quickly and fairly. We REQUIRE Buyers to take their new puppy to training!! Quality, focused, working breed-specific obedience classes are the most appropriate place to learn proper handling techniques, once the puppy has been fully vaccinated. Please consider the quality of the instruction at these classes. Not all trainers are created equal! "Pet store" classes may not be appropriate for a working breed dog! Quality training is usually best accomplished with a local German Shepherd club, or other breed-appropriate organization. If, despite proof of proper socialization and handling, you are not satisfied with the temperament of your puppy, Buyer may return the puppy for a replacement. (Buyer initial_____)
H. Indemnity and Release
We cannot guarantee against environmental temperament problems, resulting from abuse, neglect, teasing, or failure to acquire appropriate training for the dog. Therefore, if any action or failure to act on the part of Buyer shall result in any claim, suit, loss, damage, injury, death, or liability, Buyer agrees to indemnify and hold Breeder harmless and release Breeder from any and all liability, costs or damages caused by the Puppy after placement with Buyer, including but not limited to damage to or destruction of property, and injury to any person. (Buyer initial_____)
If for any reason you become unable to care for your puppy, we will be happy to take the dog back or help you place the dog in a new home. WE NEVER want to see a dog we have bred end up in a shelter. Failure to abide by Breeder’s Right of First Refusal Clause will result in $2500 in monetary damages, plus any court or attorney fees incurred by Breeder. (Buyer initial_____)
Breeder Signature ________________________________ Date____________
Breeder Address: Coleta, IL 61081 Breeder Phone (815)632-7025
Buyers Signature ________________________________ Date_____________
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