I know this probably has been covered before but I was wondering what each of you consider reasonable health and genetic guarentees on puppies?
I've seen a lot of people give a 48 hour general guarentee in order to get the pups checked by a vet, but I don't think this is long enough personally. But I also understand that the pups can be exposed to many things once they leave your homes and that is out of your control.
Any one care to share examples of their guarentees?
I give people 72 hours for them to get the puppy seen by a vet.
Then I also tell them that if there is any problems they need to contact us immediatly.
I don't really have anything writen in my contract for things like parvo and such that can happen up to 10 days after the puppy leaves, but i would replace the puppy as long as we can determain that it was our fault and not the new puppy owners.
My puppies are vacinated 2 to 3 times before they leave.
Then for hips and eyes my guarentee is for 26 months. I am thinking it should be longer, but with hips you usually know by then if they are bad or not.
It also states that we have dewormed the puppies, but we do not guarentee them parisite free. There for we recommond a fecal test be done at the new puppy check up.
I offer a 2 year guarantee for genetic defects. I have a basic guarantee for everyone, but if a customer would feel more comfortable with something else I also have no problem changing it for them. (depending on what it is of course). Like right now I have a lady purchasing a puppy for show, and she is covering all her bases, and I don't blame her, I have written and adjusted my contract to fit her needs. Because she is going to potentially show this pup I don't mind at all. It's a different ball game in my opinion when you are selling a pup for show.
Considering the fact that many diseases like parvo, distemper and others can have an incubation period of 1-2 weeks, a 48 hours is not nearly enough. I give 15 days money back guarantee. Not just because it is the state law, it is the right thing to do. Most genetic/congenital stuff will show up with in 2 years, so I give 2 year guarantee for that.
Keep in mind that a guarantee is only as good as the person who gives it. If the breeder move and disappear, or the breeder refuse to accept blame and does not honor her guarantee, the guarantee is worthless.
Just because the breeder offers a lifetime guarantee doesn’t necessarily mean it is a good one. As with anything else, always read the fine print for exclusions. Often a guarantee is riddle with terms that makes it very hard and costly to prove it is the breeder fault and enforce it, which makes it virtually worthless. Many will even make you give the dog back or insist on a conclusive necropsy if the dog dies for any kind of refund.
Why is a narcropsy unreasonable if the dog dies mysteriously and the breeder is blamed?
A dog might be poisoned and someone says it died of a heart defect.
My terms are simple. If something is wrong, it has to be proven by a certified specialiest. Not unreasonable. I don't need your vet saying your dog has thyroid issues becuase its highly patterned and they have never seen a highly patterned afghan.
I am not saying that there is something necessarily wrong with it. Just saying that lifetime guarantee doesn’t always mean what many think it mean. It is usually the burden of the buyer to prove it is the breeder fault. That often means expensive tests and specialists’ diagnosis. There are usually many terms and conditions in a contract that makes it very hard to collect on it. It could easily cost more to prove it is genetic/congenital then the purchase price of the dog.
My brother once bought a dog with a heart murmur. When his vet told him what he had, he asked the breeder to make good on their contract. The breeder said the contract says it covers condition that would adversely affect the dog’s life. she insisted that the dog must be checked by a specialist to determine the severity of the murmur. Before he could track down an acceptable board certified cardiologist within a driving distance from his house, the dog died. The breeder then wanted a necropsy to determine the cause of death as if there was any doubt. Unfortunately, his vet wasn’t “qualified” enough for her and my brother did not feel like spending more money on a dead dog. Need less to say, he never saw a dime from her.
when we got our puppy we had 24 hours in our contract to get her vet checked which is way to soon but im glad we did, our breeder told us she was dewormed, but when we took her in she had roundworms i was pissed, they rnt hard to get rid of but it made me wonder if she had had her first deworming or not. so i called the breeder and she paid for that vet visit which was only like 40 bucks in our contract she gaurentees,eyes,pavrvo,hips,and temprament. we have to take 2 certification classes and have her spade within 6 months by the way we have a femal rott
Again, I have a health guarantee, but....WHy is it that dog breeders are the only ANIMAL breeders that are burdened with guaranteeing the health of their offspring MONTHS after the animal has left their care? Hip dysplasia is caused by MORE than genetic factors alone. Weight and nutrition is also a factor... yet, regardless of how the pup was cared for, the breeder is responsible? What if both parents test excellent, and out of 100 pups the stray 1 comes up with dysplasia? What ever happened to 'fate, luck of the draw, or a Higher Power'. Crap happens, but I guess breeders are supposed to be all too happy to reimburse for what ever. If you are doing appropriete health testing and you my your best effort to breed the best dogs you can find, that should be enough. My guarantee covers truely life threatening illnesses and genetic conditions for 1 year. Don't like it, don't buy one of my puppies. This is also my occupation and I don't make any excuses for trying to make money. It's how I care for my dogs and my children.