Sales Agreement

Sunset Labradors Sales Agreement

The goal of this agreement is to prevent misunderstandings and protect the puppy, the Buyers(s), and the Breeder.  The Breeder and Buyer(s) agree that this sales agreement is a valid, binding contract.  This agreement shall be governed by the laws, courts and jurisdiction of the State of New Hampshire to the exclusion of any other forum, and constitutes the entire agreement between the parties.  Additional agreements between the parties must be written, dated and signed by the Breeder and the Buyer(s).  The Breeder and the Buyer(s) agree to all of the following terms and requirements:

 1. The Breeder considers this puppy to be in good health at the time of transfer.  A veterinarian examined the puppy.  The Breeder will provide the Buyer(s) with a copy of the NH Health Certificate.  The Buyer(s) assumes all responsibility for any injuries after the puppy is transferred to the Buyer.

2. The puppy may be returned within 7 days for a full refund, if the puppy is in the same condition as at the time of purchase and the AKC paperwork is completed.  

 3. The Buyer(s) agree to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian within 72 hours of transfer, excluding Sundays and Monday holidays.  If the puppy is diagnosed with a minor health problem such as intestinal parasites, vaginal infection, or bladder infection, the Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of the condition up to $200 within 30 days of documentation. If the puppy is diagnosed with a serious preexisting medical condition that could prevent the puppy from living a fulfilling life, the puppy may be returned for a full refund.  If the Buyer(s) decides to retain possession of the puppy within 7 days of transfer, the Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses up to 60% the purchase price of the puppy within 30 days of documentation.  The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the attending veterinarian specifying the nature of the problem, the prognosis, and copies of the medical record and expenses.  If requested, the Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with an evaluation from a second veterinarian of the Breeder’s choice at the Breeder’s expense.

 4. The Breeder has taken reasonable precautions to prevent the puppy from acquiring hereditary disorders.  If the puppy develops a serious inherited disorder that prevents the dog from living a fulfilling life prior to 24 months of age, the Breeder will provide the Buyer(s) with a partial refund (25 to 75% of the purchase price) within 30 days of documentation or a new puppy from the next litter, as deemed appropriate by the Breeder.  Examples of serious inherited disorders include OFA moderate to severe hip dysplasia, OFA grade II to III elbow dysplasia, moderate to severe inherited epilepsy, moderate to severe TVD diagnosed by echocardiogram, and clinically significant retinal dysplasia diagnosed by a veterinary ophthalmologist.  For hip and elbow dysplasia, this guarantee is valid only if your dog has not been spayed or neutered prior to reaching 12 months of age and your veterinarian provides proof of no injuries throughout the time you have had this puppy/dog. The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the attending veterinarian specifying the nature of the disorder, the prognosis, and copies of the medical record and expenses.  If requested, the Buyer(s) must also provide an evaluation by a second veterinarian selected by the Breeder at the Buyer(s) expense.  The Buyer(s) may retain possession of the dog. 

 5. Careful breeding practices can significantly reduce the occurrence of genetic disorders in Labradors, but the risk of inherited conditions cannot be eliminated from any breeding program.  Healthy, sound dogs can carry abnormal genes that may not be detected by the screening procedures.  Orthopedic conditions are subject to both genetic and environmental influences.  The care of the puppy during the first 2 years can contribute to joint disorders such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and panosteitis.  Keeping the puppy at a healthy weight throughout the normal growth period helps reduce the risk of developing orthopedic problems.  Your puppy is at a proper weight if you can feel your puppy’s ribs but you can’t see them.  Puppies should be fed a good quality dog food with 25 to 28% protein and 14 to 18% fat. Overweight puppies are at a higher risk of developing panosteitis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia.  To reduce the risk of orthopedic problems, some types of activities should be avoided during the puppy’s rapid growth phase.  Frequent, rapid stair climbing should be avoided until the puppy is at least 6 months old.  Activities like jogging and catching a Frisbee add stress to developing joints, and must be avoided until females are 18 months old and males are 24 months old.  

 6. The Buyer(s) agree to immediately inform the Breeder of any inherited or serious health condition. The Breeder can assist the Buyer(s) manage the disorder.  The information may help the Breeder maintain a quality breeding program.

 7. The Buyer(s) agree to provide proper care throughout the dog's life including daily companionship, customary veterinary care in a timely manner, basic obedience training, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.  The Buyer(s) agrees that the puppy will reside with the Buyer(s).  Adequate shade, shelter, and water will be provided daily.  Since dogs allowed to run free without supervision are at great risks of injury and illness, the Buyer(s) agrees to keep the dog in a fenced area, on lead, or under voice control and within sight of a responsible caretaker.  Routine vaccinations, heartworm prevention, spaying/ neutering, and the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses such as of paw injuries, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and ACL repairs are considered customary veterinary care.  Humane treatment to reduce pain and suffering is customary and should be provided.  The extensive treatments of serious orthopedic conditions, severe injuries, and life-threatening cancers are not considered “customary”.  The difficult decisions related to the prognosis and expenses of treating these serious conditions are at the discretion of the Buyer(s).

 8. The Buyer(s) agree that the dog will not be bred.  The Buyer(s) agrees to neuter males between 18 and 24 months of age and spay females between 12 and 18 months of age.  The Buyer(s) agrees to provide the Breeder with a copy of the spay/neuter certificate within 30 days of surgery.  Spaying or neutering companion dogs is an important aspect of responsible dog ownership.  Unplanned and unwanted litters are prevented, and the risk of some cancers may be reduced.  The risk of several serious health problems may be significantly reduced when the surgery is done post maturity.  Based on recent studies, early spaying or neutering puppies may predispose them to various health risks including shortened lifespan, bone cancer, obesity, hypothyroidism, abnormal bone growth and development, CCL ruptures, hip dysplasia, and urinary incontinence in females.

 9. The Breeder agrees to register the puppy with AKC limited registration when ownership of the puppy is transferred to the Buyer. The Buyer understands that the dog’s registered name will begin with the kennel name Sunset. The AKC limited registration option helps breeders maintain the quality and integrity of the breed. Limited registration allows the new owner to participate in many AKC sanctioned dog events.  The dogs cannot be shown in conformation classes and the offspring of the dog cannot be registered

 10. The Buyer(s) agrees not to transfer ownership of the puppy/dog without the written consent of the Breeder.  The Breeder’s responsibility to the Sunset Labradors and their owners continues throughout the dog’s lifetime.  The Breeder does not want a Sunset Labrador puppy/dog in an animal shelter or in a situation where proper care will not be provided.  The Breeder will either take the dog back or assist the Buyer(s) in finding a suitable home.  The Buyer(s) agrees to transfer the AKC registration at the time of surrender.  A dog returned to the Breeder may be placed in an approved home, or remain with the Breeder.  If the Breeder sells a returned puppy to a new owner, a refund, minus expenses, will be available to the first owner within 30 days from the date of transfer. 

11. If the Buyer(s) fails to abide by any term of the contract, or if the dog was obtained under false pretenses, or is abused/or neglected:  

  • The Breeder is released from any stated or implied obligation in this agreement.
  • The Breeder may take possession of the dog immediately without compensation to the Buyer(s), and the Buyer(s) agrees to transfer the AKC registration to the Breeder at the time of surrender.  
  • The Buyer(s) agrees to pay all reasonable legal fees, veterinary fees, and associated expenses incurred by the Breeder that are directly related to the Buyer’s improper treatment/care of the dog. 
  • If ownership of the dog is transferred without the consent of the Breeder, the Buyer(s) agrees to pay the Breeder $1800 within 10 days of the transfer, and to give the Breeder the name, address, and phone number of the new owner.  
  • If puppies result from either an intentional or unplanned breeding, the Buyer(s) agrees to transfer all puppies to the Breeder at or prior to 8 weeks of age, and pay for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Breeder to care for the litter within 30 days of notification.