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 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:

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 most illnesses after the puppy is transferred to the Buyer.

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.  

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 the condition up to $300. If the puppy is diagnosed with a serious preexisting medical condition that could prevent the puppy/dog from living a fulfilling life, the puppy may be returned for a full refund. If the Buyer(s) decides to retain ownership of the puppy within 14 days from the date of transfer, the Breeder agrees to refund up to 75% the purchase price of the puppy within 10 days of notification. 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 provide the Breeder with an evaluation from a second veterinarian of the Breeder’s choice. The Breeder agrees to pay reasonable veterinary expenses associated with the second opinion. 

5. The Breeder has taken numerous precautions to prevent the puppy from acquiring hereditary disorders. The sire and dam have been screened for numerous inherited disorders. However, healthy dogs can carry abnormal genes. If the puppy/dog develops a serious inherited disorder that could prevents the dog from living a fulfilling life prior to 2.5 years of age, the Breeder will refund 50% to 75% 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. 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/dog has been overweight 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) have 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 veterinary expenses associated with the second opinion. 

6. Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to orthopedic problems in dogs. The care the puppy receives during the rapid growth phase can contribute to joint disorders including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and panosteitis. Overweight puppies are at a higher risk of developing painful joint problems. Keeping your puppy at an appropriate weight throughout the normal growth period reduces the risk of these problems. The puppy is at a proper weight if you can easily feel your puppy’s ribs but you can’t see them. Puppies must be fed a good quality dog food with 25 to 28% protein and 15 to 18% fat. Some types of activities must be avoided during the active growth phase. The Buyer(s) agrees to prevent the the puppy from rapidly going up and down stairs until the puppy is 6 months old. Jogging and catching a Frisbee can cause serious damage to developing joints. The Buyer(s) agree to avoid these activities until females are 18 months old and males are 24 months old. Jogging at a slow pace for 15 to 20 minutes can be started when females are 12 months old and males are 18 months old. Always start with a brief walk before jogging with your dog. Dogs overheat easily, so avoid jogging in hot weather. Avoid running on hot surfaces that could burn your dog's paws. In warm weather, provide your dog with water breaks. In the winter, avoid salted roadways to protect your dog's paws. 

7. 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. 

8. The Buyer(s) agree to 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.

9. 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 associated with serious conditions are at the discretion of the Buyer(s).

10. The Buyer(s) agree that the dog will not be bred. The Buyer(s) agrees to neuter males between 18 and 26 months of age and spay females between 16 and 24 months of age when the dog is not in estrus. 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.

11. 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).

12. 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 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. 

13. 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. Please Note: The attorney that reviewed this agreement strongly recommended this breach of contract clause. 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.