Sunset Labradors Sales Contract

The goal 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 states the Breeder's obligations to the Buyer(s) and the Buyer(s) obligations to the Breeder and the puppy. The Breeder and the Buyer(s) agree to all of the following terms:

1. 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. Any additional agreements between the parties must be written, dated and signed by the Breeder and the Buyer(s). In the event of dispute and the Breeder or Buyer brings legal action(s) to enforce the terms of this contract, the Buyer(s) are obligated to pay all court and attorney fees.

2. 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 and any new illnesses after the puppy is transferred to the Buyer(s).

3. The puppy may be returned within 7 days for a full refund, if the puppy is in the same condition as he or she was at the time of purchase. The Buyer(s) agree to sign the required AKC paperwork when the puppy is returned to the Breeder. 

4. The Buyer(s) agree to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian within 72 hours of transfer, excluding Monday holidays. If the puppy is diagnosed with a minor health problem such as parasites, ear infection, or bladder infection, the Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of these condition within 10 days of documentation. The Buyer(s) is responsible for all future veterinary expenses, excluding expenses covered in the warranty. If the puppy is diagnosed with a serious preexisting medical condition that will prevent the dog from living a fulfilling life, the puppy can be returned for a full refund. The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the attending veterinarian(s) specifying the nature of the malady, the prognosis, and copies of the medical record and expenses. If requested, the Buyer(s) must obtain an evaluation from a second veterinarian selected by the Breeder. The Breeder agrees to pay the fee associated with the second opinion within 10 days of notification. If the veterinarians do not agree, the Buyer agrees to obtain another evaulation from a third veterinarian. If the Buyer(s) decides to retain ownership of the puppy, the Breeder agrees to provide the Buyer(s) with a partial or full refund within 10 days of written documentation from the veterinarian, stating the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment opinions.

5. The Breeder will register the puppy with AKC on limited registration. This puppy is sold as a companion pet. The Buyer(s) understands that the dog’s registered name must begin with Sunset's. The Breeder will pay the AKC registration fee. 

6. 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). The Buyer(s) agrees to keep the dog in a fenced area, on lead, or under voice control and within sight of a responsible adult when the dog is outdoors. The Buyer(s) agree to provide the puppy/dog with routine vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses such as of paw injuries, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and ACL injuries. The extensive treatments of serious orthopedic conditions, severe injuries, and life-threatening cancers are at the discretion of the Buyer(s).

7. The Buyer(s) agree that your dog will not be bred. The Buyer(s) agrees to neuter males between 20 and 24 months of age and spay females between 18 and 22 months of age when the dog is not in estrus. The Buyer(s) agrees to provide the Breeder with a copy of the spay or neuter certificate within 30 days of surgery. The risk of numerous health problems may be significantly reduced if these surgeries are done near or post maturity. Based on recent studies, the early spaying or neutering of puppies may predispose them to various health risks including shortened lifespan, bone cancer, hypothyroidism, abnormal bone growth and development, CCL ruptures, hip dysplasia, obesity, and urinary incontinence in females. 

8. The Buyer(s) understands that the Breeder retains an interest in all dogs from my breeding program. The puppy/dog can be returned to the Breeder at any age for any reason. 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. The Buyer(s) agrees not to transfer ownership of the puppy/dog without the written consent of the Breeder. 

9. The Buyer(s) agree to inform the Breeder of any serious health condition within one week of  the diagnosis. The Breeder may be able to help the Buyer(s) manage the condition. 

10. The Breeder has taken numerous precautions to reduce the risk that the puppies will develop inherited disorders. Both the sire and/or dam have been screened for numerous disorders, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, cardiac disorders, CNM, DM, EIC, HNPK, NARC, and RD/OSD. Heathly dogs can carry abnormal inherited factors that the Breeder and owner of the sire are not aware of. If your dog is diagnosed with a debilitating inherited disorder that is associated with ongoing pain and/or a shortened lifespan prior to 14 months of age, the Buyer(s) can return the puppy for a full or partial refund or the Breeder will provide the Buyer(s) with a puppy from the next litter, as deemed appropriate by the Breeder. The warranty covers severe hip dysplasia and grade III elbow dysplasia, rated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The hip and elbow warranty is null and void if the puppy/dog is overweight. Serious inherited eye disorders must be verified by veterinary opthamologist. Serious cardiac disorders must be verified by a veterinary cardiologist. The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with written documentation from the attending veterinarian(s) regarding the disorder and the prognosis. If requested, the Buyer must provide the Breeder with an additional evaluation from a veterinarian selected by the Breeder, at the Breeder's expense. If the Buyer(s) wishes to retain ownership of the puppy/dog, the Breeder will provide the Buyer(s) with a full or partial refund, as deemed appropriate by the Breeder. The warranty does not cover missing or misaligned teeth, undescended testicles, and/or conditions that are a result of accidents, negligence, trauma, and/or environmental factors.  

11. The Buyers agree to reduce the risk that your puppy/dog will develop joint injuries. Puppies have growth plates at the ends of their long bones. The cells in these plates control the growth and development of the long bones. High impact activities including jogging, running agility course, racing over flyball hurdles, jumping up to catch a ball or a Frisbie, and chasing after a ball can damage these growth plates. The injuries can altering the development of the affected bones. Puppies can retreive a ball that has been tossed a short distance for about 5 minutes. Jogging, agility, and flyball can start when your puppy is 15 to 18 months old. Most 2 year old Labradors in good physical condition can run 3 or 4 miles a day, up to 5 days a week. Avoid running on hot surfaces that could burn your dog's paws. In the winter, avoid salted roadways to prevent paw injuries. The Buyer(2) agree to wait until your dog is 2 years old before playing Frisbee. Limit the sessions to 5 or 6 tosses a day.

12. If the Buyer(s) does not comply with the the terms of this contract, the adoption of the puppy was based on false statements, makes a false claim(s) regarding a health disorder, and/or abuses or neglects the puppy/dog, the Breeder can take custody puppy/dog without compensation to the Buyer(s). The Buyer(s) agrees to transfer the AKC registration to the Breeder at the time of surrender. If puppies result from either an intentional or unplanned breeding, the Buyer(s) agrees to transfer all puppies to the Breeder at 8 weeks of age, and pay for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Breeder to care for the litter within 30 days of notification.