Sunset Labradors Sales Agreement

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. Additional agreements between the parties must be written, dated and signed by the Breeder and the Buyer(s).  

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 as soon as 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 to return the puppy 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 intestinal parasites, ear infection, vaginitis, or bladder infection, the Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of these condition within 10 days of documentationIf the puppy is diagnosed with a serious preexisting medical condition, the puppy can be returned for a full refund. 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 obtain an evaluation from a second veterinarian selected by the Breeder. The Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary fees associated with the second opinion within 10 days. If the Buyer(s) decides to retain ownership of the puppy, the Breeder agrees to refund the purchase price of the puppy within 10 days of documentation. 

6. The Buyer(s) agrees to register the puppy with limited registration. The Buyer(s) understands that the dog’s registered name must begin with Sunset's. The Breeder will pay the AKC registration fee. 

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). Puppies must be fed a good quality puppy food- females for 12 to 14 months and males for to 18 to 20 months. Adequate shade, shelter, and water must be provided daily. 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. 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 injuries are considered customary veterinary care. Humane treatment to reduce pain is customary and should be provided. The extensive treatments of serious orthopedic conditions, severe injuries, and life-threatening cancers 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 16 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. 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 numerous serious 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. 

9. The Buyer(s) understands that the Breeder retains an interest in all dogs from my breeding program. The Buyer(s) agrees not to transfer ownership of the puppy/dog without the written consent of the Breeder. The Breeder will take care of the dog 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 21 days from the date of transfer. 

10. The Buyer(s) agree to inform the Breeder of any serious health condition. The Breeder may be able to help the Buyer(s) manage the condition. The information may help the Breeder maintain a quality breeding program.

11. If your dog develops a serious inherited disorder that could prevents your dog from living a fulfilling life prior to 30 months of age and the precautions stated below have been followed, the Breeder will refund 70% to 80% of the purchase price of the puppy within 30 days of documentation or provide the Buyer(s) with a puppy of similar quality from the next litter, as deemed appropriate by the Breeder. Serious inherited disorders include moderate to severe hip dysplasia rated by the OFA, grade II to III elbow dysplasia rated by the OFA, moderate to severe TVD diagnosed by an echocardiogram preformed by a veterinary cardiologist, and severe retinal dysplasia diagnosed by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Both genetic and environmental factors are associated with some disorders. Overweight puppies are at a higher risk of developing joint problems. Keeping your puppy at an appropriate weight reduces the risk of a puppy developing these problems. Catching a Frisbee and jogging with your puppy can cause serious damage to developing joints. The Buyer(s) agrees to wait until females are 20 months old and males are 26 months old before playing Frisbee with your dog. Jogging at a slow pace for 10 to 15 minutes every other day can be started when females are 12 months old and males are 18 months old. After 3 months, gradually increase the pace and the distance. Two year Labradors in good condition can run up to 5 miles, 6 days a week. The warranty/guarantee for hip and elbow dysplasia is invalid if your puppy/dog has been spayed prior to 16 months of age or neutered prior to 18 months of age, the puppy has been overweight during the rapid growth phase, your puppy has been jogging or catching a Frisbee during the rapid growth phase, and your veterinarian can not provides documentation that there were no relevant injuries or conditions throughout the time the Buyer(s) has owned the dog. The Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder with a letter from the veterinarians specifying the nature of the disorder, the prognosis, and copies of the medical record. If requested, the Buyer(s) must provide the Breeder an evaluation from a second veterinarian selected by the Breeder. The Breeder agrees to pay reasonable fees associated with the second opinion within 10 days of documentation. The limited warranties stated in this agreement are exclusive, and are in lieu of all other possible warranties or guarantees whether oral, expressed, or implied.

12. In the event of a Buyer(s) breaches of this agreement, the Buyer(s) agrees to pay all expenses associated with retaking, holding, and securing a new home for this dog, as may be allowed by the law, 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, 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 $2000 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 and all legal expenses incurred by the Breeder within 30 days of notification. Please Note: The attorney that reviewed this agreement strongly recommended a breach of contract clause.