Sunset Labradors Sales Agreement

The intent of this sales agreement/contract is to protect the interests of the Breeder and the Buyer(s), and to provide for the health, safety, and well being of the puppy. The Breeder wants to avoid misunderstandings and remain on friendly terms with the Buyer(s). The agreement sets forth the Breeder's obligations to the Buyer(s), and the  as obligations of Buyer(s) to the Breeder and the puppy. 

The Breeder and the Buyer(s) agree to all of the following terms and requirements:

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 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.

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.  

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, ear infection, vaginitis, or bladder infection, the Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of the condition up to $225 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 until the dog is 7 years old.  The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the attending veterinarian specifying the nature of the illness or malady, 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.

The Breeder has taken reasonable precautions to prevent the puppy from acquiring hereditary disorders. The sire and dam have been screened for numerous inherited disorders. A healthy sound dogs can carry abnormal genes that a breeder is not aware of. If the puppy develops a serious inherited disorder that prevents the dog from living a fulfilling life prior to 26 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 TVD diagnosed by echocardiogram preformed by a veterinary cardiologist, and clinically significant retinal dysplasia diagnosed by a veterinary ophthalmologist.  For hip and elbow dysplasia, this warranty/guarantee is valid only if your dog has not been spayed prior to reaching 12 months of age or neutered prior to 18 months of age, and your veterinarian provides documentation that there were no known injuries throughout the time the Buyer(s)  have owned this puppy/dog. The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the attending veterinarian specifying the nature of the malady, 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 or returned the dog to the breeder. 

Some orthopedic conditions are subject to both genetic and environmental factors.  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 must be avoided during the puppy’s rapid growth phase.  Frequent, rapid stair climbing must 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.  Brief runs at a slow pace for about 15 to 20 minutes can start when the females are 12 months old and the males are 15 months old.

The limited warranties stated in this agreement are exclusive, and are in lieu of all other warranties or guarantees whether written, oral, expressed, or implied. 

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.

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).

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 15 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.

The Breeder agrees to register the puppy with AKC limited registration. The Buyer (s)understands that the dog’s registered name will begin with the kennel name Sunset. The Buyer(s) agree to complete the AKC registration form on the day the puppy is transferred to the Buyer(s).

The Buyer(s) agrees not to transfer ownership of the puppy/dog without the written consent of the Breeder.  The Buyer(s) understands that the Breeder retains an interest in all dogs bearing the Sunset kennel name. 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 may 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. 

In the event of a Buyer(s) breaches of this agreement, the Buyer(s) agrees to pay all expenses associated with retaking, holding, preparing and securing a new home for this dog, as may be allowed by the law and incurred by the Breeder in enforcing her rights under this contract including but not limited to legal fees and court costs. 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/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), 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 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.